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Army fires former UH coach, player Ellerson after 5 years

By Ralph D. Russo

AP College Football Writer

LAST UPDATED: 09:58 a.m. HST, Dec 16, 2013

Army fired coach Rich Ellerson on Sunday after five seasons at West Point and no victories against Navy.

Army athletic director Boo Corrigan said in a statement released by the school that Ellerson was notified that he would not be retained about 24 hours after the Black Knights (3-9) finished the season with a 34-7 loss to Navy.

"Rich Ellerson has represented West Point and the Army football program extremely well since taking over as our head coach five years ago," Corrigan said.

"Unfortunately, our team has not experienced the level of success on the football field that we expect, and we feel it is necessary to make a change in the leadership at this time."

The 60-year-old Ellerson, a former University of Hawaii player, graduate assistant, and defensive and special teams coach,  went 20-41 at the U.S. Military Academy and couldn't snap the Black Knights' losing streak against their most important rival. The Midshipmen have won 12 straight in the series, the longest streak by either side. Army seemed to be closing the gap on its most important rival when it lost in 2011 and '12 by a total of nine points. On Saturday in the snow in Philadelphia, Navy dominated again and it was clear Ellerson was in trouble.

He came to West Point, N.Y., after eight seasons at Cal Poly and brought the triple-option offense back to Army. The Cadets went 7-6 in his second season, their first winning season since 1996, and it included Army's first bowl victory since 1985. But the last three years, Army went 8-28.

The triple-option wasn't the problem. Ellerson's offense averaged more than 300 yards rushing the past three seasons, but the rest of the team never developed. He had two years left on his contract.

Corrigan said deputy athletic director Col. Joe DeAntona will assume day-to-day operations of the football program until a new coach is hired.

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SUPrman wrote:
Here is our defensive coordinator
on December 15,2013 | 05:10PM
hon2255 wrote:
He is not our uh defensive coordinator. He just got fired. Uh has to through mandated screening process Thus may take weeks or months. Since its UH. Easy does it. Buddy
on December 15,2013 | 06:00PM
2NDC wrote:
Maybe he can take over for Norm Chow. At least he's won more games...... :-D
on December 15,2013 | 07:08PM
makiki123 wrote:
Yeah...and he's lost more games too.
on December 15,2013 | 07:26PM
hon2255 wrote:
We dont need anymore coaches that have seen their better days, time to bring in some younger , DC with new ideas . Like another Arranda
on December 15,2013 | 07:34PM
ricekidd wrote:
on December 16,2013 | 06:01AM
808warriorfan wrote:
REPLY TO "hon2255"...When it comes to on field discipline our defense STINKS as evident by the 5 Personal Fouls against Army. Rich Ellerson is a CLASS ACT; something our defense can use a strong lesson in. We need experience at the DC spot to mentor assistants like Louis Powell & Daronte Jones. I'll take experience over youth anyday.
on December 16,2013 | 07:36AM
blunite wrote:
Chow can't risk another inexperienced defense coach but needs a proven, knowledgeable coach for the defense. Younger coaches rarely have the experience and proven record. Most are looking for a meal ticket with a jazzed up resume.
on December 16,2013 | 11:16AM
islandsun wrote:
He got fired because he lost to Chow. They were embarrassed and it sealed his fate.
on December 16,2013 | 08:37AM
palolo2001 wrote:
Army should offer Coach Nuimatalolo $3,000,000 to leave Navy and coach at West Point. It would be a good test for Coach Ken.
on December 15,2013 | 07:48PM
Bdpapa wrote:
He's got it made at Navy. He would be foolish to leave there.
on December 16,2013 | 07:12AM
808warriorfan wrote:
I agree and for $3M why not
on December 16,2013 | 07:37AM
blunite wrote:
Although both Rich Ellerson and Ken Niumatalolo assisted Paul Johnson Ken seems to have a better feel for the Flex offense (which incorporates the triple option). Furthermore, Rich was always a defense coach while Ken was always an offense coach. The Flex is not often used anymore since the better teams know how to defend against it and have better athletes as well. Even Georgia Tech (where Paul Johnson is coaching) is finding it hard to make progress against any of the top 25 in the polls.
on December 16,2013 | 04:37PM
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