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What if I told you about a group of elite college athletes who compete in 35 different sports at one of the toughest institutions in the nation. For them, it’s not about name, image, and licensing or any other kind of major endorsement deal. Because at the end of the day, their ultimate goal is to serve their country. Join Karl Darden, the host of Navy Sports Central as he shares the stories of the athletes who attend the United States Naval Academy. These young men and women represent the best our country has to offer. They compete at a high level on both the national and world stage, and their stories have mostly gone untold. I’m here to change all of that. With Navy Sports Central, you'll get the latest news on the athletes, and the teams in action, gain some unique insights in our Deep Dive segment and hear from some great guests along the way. So please join Karl Darden and follow Navy Sports Central wherever you get your podcasts to learn more about these incredible athletes and our nation’s future leaders

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What if I told you about a group of elite college athletes who compete in 35 different sports at one of the toughest institutions in the nation. For them, it’s not about name, image, and licensing or any other kind of major endorsement deal. Because at the end of the day, their ultimate goal is to serve their country. Join Karl Darden, the host of Navy Sports Central as he shares the stories of the athletes who attend the United States Naval Academy. These young men and women represent the best our country has to offer. They compete at a high level on both the national and world stage, and their stories have mostly gone untold. I’m here to change all of that. With Navy Sports Central, you'll get the latest news on the athletes, and the teams in action, gain some unique insights in our Deep Dive segment and hear from some great guests along the way. So please join Karl Darden and follow Navy Sports Central wherever you get your podcasts to learn more about these incredible athletes and our nation’s future leaders

    Coach Newberry Has the Controls

    Coach Newberry Has the Controls

    Welcome to Navy Sports Central - The Official Podcast of the Navy Sports Nation!

    Today, we'll be introducing a new segment called "Ask Me Anything" where I will be reading and answering your questions on the show. And in our Deep Dive segment we will take a good look at the staff that new Navy Football Coach Brian Newberry has assembled so far, starting with the new Offensive Coordinator, Grant Chestnut

    In addition to that, we will have our Question of the Day and Mid Watch segments. So stick around for what promises to be an interesting show.

    Related Links:

    Coach Grant Chestnut's Biography

    Coach Tommy Laurendine's Biography

    Coach Brenton Wimberly's Biography

    Coach Eric Lewis' Biography

    We want to hear from you! Give us your answer to our Question of the Day. Here is the one for this episode:

    In 2019,  the Mids averaged over 37 points a game on their way to an 11-2 record.  Last season, that point production was just under 22 points a game. With this increased focus on expanding the offense in 2023, how many points do you think Navy needs to put up in order to win 7 games?

    A.  24 - 27 points

    B. 28 - 32 points

    C.  33 - 36 points

    D.  More than 37 points

    You can answer by going to the poll on the Navy Sports Nation group Facebook page or email me at karld@navysportsnation.com. Looking forward to hearing from you!

    Follow Navy Sports Central wherever you get your podcasts:


    Apple PodcastsSpotifyPodchaserGoogle PodcastsCheck out the Navy Sports Nation group page on Facebook!

    Music is provided courtesy of Audio Jungle. Artists featured in order:


    Seven In Music (Intro)Alexiaction (Deep Dive)Loka Music (Deep Dive Pt. 2 Lead In)Artlss (Question of the Day Lead In)Cinematic Alex (Closeout Music)Do You Like What You Hear?


    Consider supporting the podcast by clicking on the "Support the Show" link at the bottom of the Show Notes or the heart icon in the top right hand corner of the page and donating $1.00 a year. Any amount is appreciated! 


    Support the show

    • 40 min
    Fair Winds & Following Seas, Coach Niumatalolo . . . We'll Never Forget You

    Fair Winds & Following Seas, Coach Niumatalolo . . . We'll Never Forget You

    Welcome to Navy Sports Central - The Official Podcast of the Navy Sports Nation!

    Today, we'll be discussing the shocking announcement that Coach Ken Niumatalolo will not be returning for a 16th season to lead the Navy Football program. I will share my thoughts on how this came to pass in addition to discussing why this situation was handled so poorly. 

    In addition to that, we will have our Question of the Day and Mid Watch segments. So stick around for what promises to be an interesting show. 

    Related Links:



    Ending Bloodlines and  Crushing the Competition: A Conversation with Navy Sprinter Molly ManganThe Ultimate Guide to Navy Water PoloLeadership, Patriotism, and Sports with Karl Darden | What I Meant to Say PodcastWe want to hear from you! Give us your answer to our Question of the Day. Here is the one for this episode:

    Coach Ken Niumatalolo had the longest and most successful run in the history of the Navy Football program. Which one of these Navy wins under Coach Niumatalolo stands out to you as both the most memorable and/or unlikely?

    A.  Crushing Notre Dame 35-17 in 2010 for the second year in a row

    B.  Beating 6th ranked Houston in 2016 with a quarterback (Will Worth) making only his fourth start

    C.  Defeating Kansas State 20-17 in the Liberty Bowl to cap off another record breaking season at 11-2 in 2019



    D.  Taking down Army 17-13 in 2021 despite being a 7.5 point underdog.



    You can answer by going to the poll on the Navy Sports Nation group Facebook page or email me at karld@navysportsnation.com. Looking forward to hearing from you!

    Follow Navy Sports Central wherever you get your podcasts:


    Apple PodcastsSpotifyPodchaserGoogle PodcastsCheck out the Navy Sports Nation group page on Facebook!

    Music is provided courtesy of Audio Jungle. Artists featured in order:



    Seven In Music (Intro)Alexiaction (Deep Dive)Loka Music (Deep Dive Pt. 2 Lead In)Artlss (Question of the Day Lead In)Cinematic Alex (Closeout Music)Do You Like What You Hear?


    Consider supporting the podcast by clicking on the "Support the Show" link at the bottom of the Show Notes or the heart icon in the top right hand corner of the page and donating $1.00 a year. Any amount is appreciated! You can also show your support checking out the two links below:


    Support the show

    • 32 min
    Two Sweet Repeat Performances

    Two Sweet Repeat Performances

    Welcome to Navy Sports Central - The Official Podcast of the Navy Sports Nation!

    In today’s episode, we’ll check out just how the Mids stunned 20th ranked Central Florida for the second year in a row after being double digit underdogs. We'll also talk about the crazy goal that helped the Navy Men's Soccer bring home their first Patriot League Championship in nine years. 


     And in our Deep Dive segment,  Jim Kenneally brings us his coaching expertise once again to break down the Navy Sprint Football team's second straight undefeated championship season. 

    All that plus our Question of the Day, so stay right here with us!


     Related Links:


    Weekly Weigh-Ins and Pancake Blocks:  Meet Navy Sprint Football's Ryan Kenneally As Seen Through His Father's EyesWe want to hear from you! Give us your answer to our Question of the Day. Here is the one for this episode:

    The Collegiate Sprint Football League has been around since 1934. How many times has Navy either shared the CSFL championship or won it outright since they joined the league in 1946. Is it:


    A. 34 times
    B. 37 times
    C.  39 times
    D.  40 times



    You can answer by going to the poll on the Navy Sports Nation group Facebook page or email me at karld@navysportsnation.com. Looking forward to hearing from you!

    Follow Navy Sports Central wherever you get your podcasts:


    Apple PodcastsSpotifyPodchaserGoogle PodcastsCheck out the Navy Sports Nation group page on Facebook!

    Music is provided courtesy of Audio Jungle. Artists featured in order:



    Seven In Music (Intro)Alexiaction (Deep Dive)Loka Music (Deep Dive Pt. 2 Lead In)Artlss (Question of the Day Lead In)Cinematic Alex (Closeout Music)Do You Like What You Hear?


    Consider supporting the podcast by clicking on the "Support the Show" link at the bottom of the Show Notes or the heart icon in the top right hand corner of the page and donating $1.00 a year. Any amount is appreciated! You can also show your support checking out the two links below:


    Get Your Navy Fan Gear Here!Click here to check out the Navy Sports Nation Challenge CoinSupport the show

    • 51 min
    Ending Bloodlines and Crushing the Competition: A Conversation with Navy Sprinter Molly Mangan

    Ending Bloodlines and Crushing the Competition: A Conversation with Navy Sprinter Molly Mangan

    Welcome to Navy Sports Central - The Official Podcast of the Navy Sports Nation!

    In today’s episode, we’ll do a quick recap of the Navy-Temple game and talk about what things look like going into the last four games of the season. We will also talk some men’s and women’s cross country and some of the outstanding athletes on those two teams that helped them defend their titles as Patriot League Champions. 
     And finally, I’ll have a very special guest joining me to preview the women’s indoor track season. She'll also share some thoughts on the impact that Title IX has had on her and the athletes of her generation.  This is one episode you won't want to miss!


     Related Links:
    Undefeated - An Inside Look at the Navy Track & Field Team's Season of DominanceWe want to hear from you! Give us your answer to our Question of the Day. Here is the one for this episode:

    The Navy Track & Field record book lists the top 10 performances in every event. In how many of the top 10 times for the 4x400 meter relay will Molly Mangan's name appear as one of the team members? Is it:


    A. 4
    B.  5
    C.  6
    D.  7


    You can answer by going to the poll on the Navy Sports Nation group Facebook page or email me at karld@navysportsnation.com. Looking forward to hearing from you!

    Follow Navy Sports Central wherever you get your podcasts:
    Apple PodcastsSpotifyPodchaserGoogle PodcastsCheck out the Navy Sports Nation group page on Facebook!

    Music is provided courtesy of Audio Jungle. Artists featured in order:


    Seven In Music (Intro)Alexiaction (Deep Dive)Loka Music (Deep Dive Pt. 2 Lead In)Artlss (Question of the Day Lead In)Cinematic Alex (Closeout Music)Do You Like What You Hear?


    Consider supporting the podcast by clicking on the "Support the Show" link at the bottom of the Show Notes or the heart icon in the top right hand corner of the page and donating $1.00 a year. Any amount is appreciated! You can also show your support checking out the two links below:
    Get Your Navy Fan Gear Here!Click here to check out the Navy Sports Nation Challenge CoinSupport the show

    • 53 min
    "Our" Boys in the Boat: A Visit with Navy Lightweight Rowing Coach Shawn Bagnall

    "Our" Boys in the Boat: A Visit with Navy Lightweight Rowing Coach Shawn Bagnall

    Welcome to Navy Sports Central - The Official Podcast of the Navy Sports Nation!

    In this episode, we will get you caught up on a few of the fall sports going on right now. I’ll also have an update for you on the Star series.  


    And get ready for a Deep Dive segment that you won't want to miss! We have a returning guest to the show. So we’ll be talking about how things are going with his team and even do a review of a book that really shined a light on what is truly special about his sport.  


     Links Related To This Episode:


    National Champions Again: Catching Up With The Navy Lightweight Rowing TeamWe want to hear from you! Give us your answer to our Question of the Day. Here is the one for this episode:

    Since 1952, the U.S. Men’s Eight crew has won three more gold medals at the Olympics. So the question is how many years went by between that second and third gold medal. Was it:


    A.  32 Years
    B.  40 Years
    C.  48 Years
    D.  52 Years



    You can answer by going to the poll on the Navy Sports Nation group Facebook page or email me at karld@navysportsnation.com. Looking forward to hearing from you!



    Follow Navy Sports Central wherever you get your podcasts:


    Apple PodcastsSpotifyPodchaserGoogle PodcastsCheck out the Navy Sports Nation group on Facebook

    Music is provided courtesy of Audio Jungle. Artists featured in order:


    Seven In Music (Intro)Alexiaction (Deep Dive)Loka Music (Deep Dive Pt. 2 Lead In)Artlss (Question of the Day Lead In)Cinematic Alex (Closeout Music)
    Do You Like What You Hear?


    If so, consider supporting the podcast by clicking on the "Support the Show" link at the bottom of the Show Notes or the heart icon in the top right hand corner of the page and donating $1.00 a year. Any amount is appreciated! You can also show your support checking out the two links below:


    Get Your Navy Fan Gear Here!Click here to check out the Navy Sports Nation Challenge CoinSupport the show

    • 1 hr 10 min
    One Clutch Pick + Two Clutch Kicks = A HUGE Navy Win!

    One Clutch Pick + Two Clutch Kicks = A HUGE Navy Win!

    Welcome to Navy Sports Central - The Official Podcast of the Navy Sports Nation!

    In this episode, we’re going to be talking all kinds of football.  Join us for a recap of the Army-Navy Sprint football game. Then we will break down the Mids' awesome win over East Carolina. Finally, we'll wrap things up by giving you an in depth look at the Navy Men's Rugby team. 



    So whether you like traditional or rugby football, join us here on Navy Sports Central!



     Links Related To This Episode:


    An Elegant Form of ViolenceQuick Taps, Tries and Rhodes ScholarshipsWe want to hear from you! Give us your answer to our Question of the Day. Here is the one for this episode:

    Vince Terrell Jr. had 114 receiving yards on three catches in Navy's win over East Carolina. When was the last season the Mids had a player gain over 100 receiving yards?


    A.  2016
    B.  2017
    C. 2018
    D. 2019


    You can answer by going to the poll on the Navy Sports Nation group Facebook page or email me at karld@navysportsnation.com. Looking forward to hearing from you!



    Follow Navy Sports Central wherever you get your podcasts:


    Apple PodcastsSpotifyPodchaserGoogle PodcastsCheck out the Navy Sports Nation group on Facebook

    Music is provided courtesy of Audio Jungle. Artists featured in order:


    Seven In Music (Intro)Alexiaction (Deep Dive)Loka Music (Deep Dive Pt. 2 Lead In)Artlss (Question of the Day Lead In)Cinematic Alex (Closeout Music)
    Do You Like What You Hear?


    If so, consider supporting the podcast by clicking on the "Support the Show" link at the bottom of the Show Notes or the heart icon in the top right hand corner of the page and donating $1.00 a year. Any amount is appreciated! You can also show your support checking out the two links below:


    Get Your Navy Fan Gear Here!Click here to check out the Navy Sports Nation Challenge CoinSupport the show

    • 27 min

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Episode 1! Awesome job, Karl! I love the variety of topics and the characteristic Darden Depth. - there is no way I am jumping off a 10 meter platform again!

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