"Meet the Mormons" Star Honored with Prestigious Award, Twice

Ken Niumatalolo, Meet the Mormons star and the "all-time winningest" head football coach in the U.S. Naval Academy's history, according to navysports.com, received a prestigious award for the second consecutive time in his career. 

The award—American Athletic Conference Coach of the Year—was given to Niumatalolo after his Midshipmen went 7-1 in American Athletic Conference play for the second season in a row and after having "one of the most prolific offensive teams in the nation in 2016," according to theamerican.org.

But Niumatalolo stays humble about his successful career. In fact, he credits his success to keeping gospel principles both on and off the field. 

"We became the winningest staff at the Naval Academy by never meeting on Sundays, and Sundays are (regarded as) the most important preparation day in college football," said Niumatalolo, according to a Deseret News article.

Though this may seem like a huge sacrifice to others in Niumatalolo's line of work, he told students at LDS Business College's "Learn to Earn" Conference last February that he keeps an "eternal perspective." 

"When building your earthly kingdom becomes more important than building the kingdom of God, you will never be happy. It will never work out," Niumatalolo said, according to the Deseret News. "Who you are should determine what you do. ... Build your brand with your testimony embedded in it."

Lead image from navy.mil

Image title

Meet the Mormons examines the very diverse lives of six devout members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Filmed on location and across the globe, Meet the Mormons takes viewers on a journey into the day-to-day realities of individuals living in the United States, Costa Rica, Nepal, and beyond. From their individual passions to their daily struggles, each story paints a picture as rich and unique as the next while challenging the stereotypes that surround the Mormon faith.

Comments and feedback can be sent to feedback@ldsliving.com