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Navy’s Buddy Green to Retire After Military Bowl

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It was learned Tuesday that Navy defensive consultant Buddy Green will retire after the Midshipmen’s Military Bowl game on Monday. Green was head coach Ken Niumatalolo’s defensive coordinator for 13 years before taking on a consulting job this season.

Green was unable to coach on the field this year due to off-season neck surgery. He has helped Navy become a force in college football and was partly responsible for Navy going 110-56 over the last 13 years and appearing in 12 bowl games.

Navy’s website, NavySports.com, issued a release confirming the news.

“It’s been a wonderful run of 37 years coaching in the college ranks starting back in 1979 as a graduate assistant at my alma mater, NC State, and finishing with 14 seasons at the Naval Academy,” said Green in a statement (per NavySports.com).  “Coaching at the Naval Academy is a once in a lifetime experience.  We won a lot of games, but what I will remember more than anything are the people I worked with and especially the young men I had an opportunity to coach.  When I sit back and reflect on all the players that came through these doors and what they went on to accomplish in the Navy and Marine Corps, it is a satisfying feeling to know that you contributed in a small way to their success.  I want to thank Mr. Gladchuk and Coach Niumatalolo for all their support when I was unable to coach on the field and I wish nothing but success for Navy football in the future. It’s been a blessing to coach here.”

Green and the Midshipmen will now prepare for their Military Bowl game against Pittsburgh on Monday.

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