Navy Sports Central

Navy Sports Central

Are you a Navy Football fan, someone who likes all Navy Sports, or you're just looking to learn more about a group of elite athletes most people have never heard of? Then you've come to the right place. This is Navy Sports Central, the official podcast of the Navy Sports Nation. Join your host Karl Darden for an in depth look at the Mids as they compete in 35 Men's & Women's NCAA Division 1 college sports. You'll get the latest news on the different teams in action, gain some unique insights in our Deep Dive segment and hear from some great guests along the way. So stick around, and be sure to follow Navy Sports Central wherever you get your podcasts!

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August 15, 2022 48 min
Welcome to Navy Sports Central - The Official Podcast of the Navy Sports Nation!

In this episode, we’re going to stick with our football theme. This time we’ll be talking a little sprint football. Our guest will be someone with over 30 years of coaching experience, including more than a few coaching his sons. 

I’ll also share a few thoughts that Coach Ken Niumatalolo had about the first two weeks of practice following the team’s retu...
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Welcome to Navy Sports Central - The Official Podcast of the Navy Sports Nation!

In this episode we'll be joined by the one person who I guarantee knows Navy quarterback Tai Lavatai better than anyone else on the planet. You definitely don't want to miss that conversation. 

We'll also have a new Question of the Day and let you know the two athletes we're going to track during the fall in our Mid Watch segment. 

The new...

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

In this episode we’re going to take a look back at the past year in Navy Sports. I’m going to give you what I think were the top 10 moments in this record-breaking season.

So please join us! You can compare my list to yours and decide if I got things right or if I'm totally out to lunch. 

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

    In this episode, we’ll be talking track & field with a very special guest who was a member of the Navy Men’s cross Country and Track teams. 

    He’ll be giving us his perspective on race strategy, coaching,  and running at the master’s level.  And he’ll even throw in a physics lesson while he’s at it. 

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

    In this episode, we will finish up our look  back at 20 years of Triple Option football at Navy by checking out two more games from the Ken Niumatalolo era that represent significant milestones in his coaching career. And we will see how the spring sports season wrapped up, get to our Question of the Day, and knock out our last Mid Watch Segment for the...
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    Welcome to Navy Sports Central - The Official Podcast of the Navy Sports Nation!

    In this episode, we will be joined by a very special guest who has over 3 decades of experience working in college athletics. She’ll provide us with some insight on a couple of her key roles as well as give us her perspective on recruiting and the college transfer portal. 

    And of course we'll also be bringing you our Sports Update, Question of the Da...
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    Welcome to Navy Sports Central - The Official Podcast of the Navy Sports Nation!

    In this episode, we will continue with our look at 20 years of the Triple Option at Navy by breaking down two particularly memorable games against Air Force and Army. 

    I’ll also discuss a couple records held by a Navy player that may not ever be broken. And you’ll hear my reasons why too. 

    Our sports update will include a look at how Navy Football spring ...
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    Welcome to Navy Sports Central - The Official Podcast of the Navy Sports Nation!

    This episode represents a little bit of a milestone for the podcast. Navy Sports Central's first full episode was released exactly one year ago today on March 25th, 2021. We're going to talk a little bit more about the men's lacrosse teams big win over Johns Hopkins.  And we'll also  be joined by a special guest who will share some of hi...

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    March 14, 2022 33 min
    Welcome to Navy Sports Central - The Official Podcast of the Navy Sports Nation!

    This upcoming football season, Navy’s triple option celebrates its 20th year, and this episode will be the first in a series where we will showcase one of the Mids’ signature wins under Coach Niumatalolo. And of course, we will have an update on some of the spring sports teams that have gotten off to strong starts as well as our Question of the Day and ...
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    February 25, 2022 70 min
    Welcome to Navy Sports Central - The Official Podcast of the Navy Sports Nation!
     
    In this episode we are going to be joined by two very knowledgeable guests who will give us a crash course on the Navy Rugby program. This is one of the more popular club sports at Navy and serious consideration is being given to elevating both the men's and women's teams to varsity status. 

    We will also update you on the Navy Swimming & Div...
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    Welcome to Navy Sports Central - The Official Podcast of the Navy Sports Nation!
     
    In this episode, we’ll talk about how the Mids made history by sweeping all 4 Star contests versus Army last Saturday. The Rifle team, Men’s & Women’s Indoor Track, and the Gymnastics team all came out on top against the Black Knights on a highly competitive day where several program records were set. 


    Stay with us as we break down exactly how it ha...
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    Welcome to Navy Sports Central - The Official Podcast of the Navy Sports Nation!
     
    In this episode we are going to preview the Women’s Indoor Track & Field team in advance of their big Star Meet coming up against Army on February 5th. 


    I’ll give you a quick rundown on how a typical dual meet is scored. And then I’ll be joined by a former member of the team and a Navy Athletics Hall of Famer to profile 5 athletes who figure to play...
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    Welcome to Navy Sports Central - The Official Podcast of the Navy Sports Nation!
     
    In this episode, we'll be focusing on the Navy Men's Basketball team as they try to win a second straight Patriot League regular season title. 

    We will take a look at 3 key statistics, one of which the Mids are taking to a whole different level. And we'll meet some of the players who are putting up these terrific results.

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    December 27, 2021 35 min
    Welcome to Navy Sports Central - The Official Podcast of the Navy Sports Nation!
     
    In this episode, we'll be speaking with the co-captain of the newly crowned national champion Navy Women's Rugby team, Sarah Skinner from the Class of '22. 

    Sarah was also recently selected as the Naval Academy's 54th Rhodes Scholar.  Join us for a really fun conversation as she shares a little bit about what both of those experiences we...
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    Welcome to Navy Sports Central - The Official Podcast of the Navy Sports Nation!
     
    In this episode, we'll be breaking down Navy's big win over Army on Saturday. We'll talk about how my pre-game observations compared to what actually happened on the field. We will also dive into three key plays that helped determine the outcome of the game and talk about why they worked. And finally I'll share some thoughts about how t...
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    Welcome to Navy Sports Central - The Official Podcast of the Navy Sports Nation!
     
    In this episode, we'll be joined by a special guest to help us break down the Navy Women's Basketball team and she'll also provide her perspective on the program from its beginning. So stay with us for some really great conversation from a former Navy player and coach.

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    Welcome to Navy Sports Central - The Official Podcast of the Navy Sports Nation!
     
    In this episode, we will take a deep dive into of the biggest wins in the history of the Navy Men's Basketball program to see if there are any similarities even though these games were played 35 years apart.  So stay with us! You might find out some things that will surprise you!

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    November 4, 2021 32 min
    Welcome to Navy Sports Central - The Official Podcast of the Navy Sports Nation!
     
    In this episode, as we head into Saturday's game against Notre Dame, I'm going to give you three reasons why you should be excited about the future of Navy Football over the next couple of years. Yeah, this season has a rough one so far, and you might think that statement sounds  a little strange.  But I think you'll see what I'm talkin...
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    Welcome to Navy Sports Central - The Official Podcast of the Navy Sports Nation!

    In this episode, you will learn everything you ever wanted to know about the Army - Navy Rivalry across all sports . . . not just football. Join us to find out some of the key milestones as well as identify the tipping point for when the Mids began to take control of the head to head competition.

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

    In this episode, we'll be talking Navy Men's Soccer as they prepare for their big game against Army this weekend in Philadelphia.  And to help us do that will be a very special guest who played forward and midfielder when he was at the Academy. He's also someone who knows what's like to win that Star game against the Black Knights.

    So wh...
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