The various paths into athletic operations and support roles are not cookie-cutter and can indeed be fascinating. Check out the route that former Navy Midshipmen football player, David Mahoney, has taken as he finds himself now in the recruiting coordinator role for the Naval Academy football team.
As he stood before the United States Naval Academy Alumni Association at the Audubon Country Club in North Naples on Monday, Navy athletic director Chet Gladchuk called David Mahoney his favorite player in the 16 years he’s been at the school.
“I tell you he’s my hero,” Gladchuk said. “I can still see him intercepting a pass and going over the end zone of the Rutgers game.
“It’s great to see him walking the halls again.”
Mahoney, an Estero High graduate who played at Navy from 2004-07, is back with the Navy family. In December, football coach Ken Niumatalolo hired him as the Midshipmen’s recruiting coordinator.
“The No. 1 thing for me when making a hire is to make sure we bring in good people that will maintain our culture and I have no doubt that David Mahoney is the perfect person to do that,” Niumatalolo said. “David was not only a great player here, but also an outstanding midshipman and officer in the United States Navy.”
Mahoney said being involved in football wasn’t a goal as much as ambition.
After graduation, he was commissioned as a supply corps officer and went to supply corpa school in Athens, Georgia in January 2008. After graduating supply school, he served as the assistant supply officer onboard the USS SIMPSON (FFG-56) out of Mayport, Florida from July 2008-December 2010. After the SIMPSON, Mahoney became the Food Service Officer for SUBASE Kings Bay, Ga. from January 2011-July 2013.
Mahoney got out of the Navy in 2013 and worked for Kimberly Clark Corporation as an Operations Manager from January 2013-December 2017.
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