ANNAPOLIS, Md.—Navy head football coach Ken Niumatalolo announced today that Director of Player Personnel Omar Nelson has been promoted to Chief of Staff, former Navy slot back Marcus Thomas has been hired as Director of Player Personnel, Josh Bost has joined the staff as Director of Football Operations and Christian Covyeau is the new football video coordinator.
Nelson is in his sixth year with the Navy Football program having spent the previous five years as the Director of Player Personnel.
Nelson is a well-known figure around Navy athletics, having served as the color commentator on the Navy Radio Network for 14 seasons. He is a 1997 graduate of the Naval Academy, where he helped lead the Midshipmen to a 9-3 record and a victory over California in the Aloha Bowl his senior year. Nelson won three varsity letters at fullback for the Mids.
Upon graduation, Nelson reported to Surface Warfare Officer School in Newport, R.I., and then served as the First Division Officer onboard the USS Denver (LPD-9) from August 1998-July 2000. In January of 2000, Nelson deployed for six months to the Persian Gulf with the Denver for Operation Southern Watch.
Nelson also served as the Auxiliaries Officer onboard the USS Sides (FFG-14) from November 2000-May 2002. In February of 2002, Nelson deployed with the Sides in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Nelson reported back to the Academy in June 2002 to work in the Seamanship and Navigation Department and taught Strategy and Tactics and Seamanship and Navigation, as well as serving as the Officer in Charge of a Yard Patrol Craft training midshipmen.
“Recruiting, retention and player development are the keys to the success of Navy Football and Omar Nelson brings a wealth of knowledge as a former Naval Officer, Naval Academy graduate, Navy Football broadcaster and a Navy Football Brotherhood member. He is an elite leader of men. Players look to him for guidance and mentorship. I look to him for his wisdom on a vast array of topics as it pertains to being a Navy Football player.”
Thomas comes to Navy from UCLA, where he was the offensive analyst for Chip Kelly in 2020 and 2021 and the Director of Strategic Intelligence in 2019.
While at UCLA, Thomas assisted the running backs coach (2020 and 2021) and the tight ends coach (2019) as well as with special teams and was responsible for the opponent personnel scouting report. He helped lead UCLA to the 2021 Holiday Bowl, its first bowl game in four seasons.
In 2021, the UCLA offense ranked 16th in the country in scoring, averaging 36.5 points per game. Thomas contributed to the weekly development of the run game plan for a unit that averaged 215.1 rushing yards per game, which was the 17th best rushing average in the country. In 2020, the UCLA offense ranked 20th in the nation in scoring, averaging 35.4 points per game and the rushing game improved by more than 70 yards per game.
Thomas is a 2014 graduate of the Naval Academy and earned four varsity letters on the football team. The Mids compiled a 31-20 record in Thomas’ four years, won two Commander-In-Chief’s Trophies, beat Army all four times and played in three bowl games, winning the 2013 Bell Helicopter Bowl over Middle Tennessee State 25-6.
Thomas was named Second Team All-Independent as a kick returner in 2011, 2012 Honorable Mention All-Independent, 2013 Honorable Mention All-Independent and 2013 All-East by the ECAC. He was a recipient of the 2013 Napoleon McCallum Award, which is presented to the Navy varsity football player of the graduating class who has gained the most all-purpose yards in his career.
Thomas is Navy’s all-time leader in kickoff return yardage with 2,338 yards.
Thomas spent five years in the United States Marine Corps including serving as the Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 36 Detachment Officer in charge of 55 Marines for the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, a forward deployed contingency-response unit in the Pacific theatre and an Aviation Supply Officer in Okinawa, Japan where he led a team of 42 Marines, providing logistics and supply support to more than 2,000 Marines with Marine Aircraft Group 36 consisting of 58 aircraft.
“We are thrilled to welcome back another Brotherhood member in Marcus Thomas,” said Niumatalolo. “After a successful career in the Marine Corps, he learned from some of the best in our business at UCLA in Coach Chip Kelly and our very own Bryce McDonald.”
Bost enters his first year at the Naval Academy as the Director of Football Operations. Bost came to Navy from Virginia Tech where he served as both the senior director of football operations (2021) and the director of football video and technology (2016-20) on Justin Fuente’s staff.
At Virginia Tech, Bost coordinated team travel, team calendars and schedules and worked closely with all support areas that touch football, including sports medicine, sports nutrition, strength and conditioning, as well as academics and other campus entities. He also assisted the recruiting and personnel staff in coordinating camps and other events involving prospects and their families. In his previous role at Tech, he managed all facets of the football video department.
Bost also served as the video coordinator on Fuente’s staff at Memphis from 2013-15.
Prior to Memphis, Bost worked at North Texas for nine years as the director of video operations. He graduated from Middle Tennessee State in 2003 and worked in that office as both a student and graduate assistant before moving to North Texas.
“We couldn’t be more excited to have Josh Bost,” said Niumatalolo. “He brings a wide variety of skills and expertise to our program. He is a great person and fits perfectly in our culture.”
Covyeau initially assisted in the recruiting department at Navy before moving over to video coordinator.
Covyeau is a graduate of Fort Lewis College in Durango, Col. and got his Master’s in Sport Administration from the University of Louisville in 2021.
Covyeau started out as a quarterback at Fort Lewis before moving over to the video side where he supervised the Fort Lewis camera crew.
At Louisville, he served as the Football Technology graduate assistant and coordinated the Louisville Football video services and technology, while managing a team of 10+ interns to film practices and games while also editing film for team review as well as self-scouting and opponent scouting reports for the coaching staff. Louisville won the 2019 Music City Bowl under ACC Coach of the Year Scott Satterfield.
Covyeau has also worked as a Strategic Partnerships Manager with DiverseNet Inc. (2014-18), as a Player Participation Analyst for Pro Football Focus (2018-19), as a football recruiting coach at Next College Student Athlete (2021-22) and a scouting intern with the Hula Bowl All-Star Classic (2021-22).
“We are very fortunate to have Christian,” said Niumatalolo. “He brings experience and innovation to our program in a critical area in the development of our players and program.”