Niumatalolo, who was let go at the end of last season after 15 years as head coach in Annapolis, will serve as an advisor to the football staff and student-athletes in his new role with the Bruins.
The off-field role will be a new endeavor for Niumatalolo, who won 109 games and left Navy as the school’s all-time leader in victories. However, he went just 11–23 over his final three seasons with the school, which led to athletic director Chet Gladchuk to move in a different direction.
The move to bring Niumatalolo into the building is the latest in a series of coaching moves with the program this offseason. Kelly signed a contract extension in early March that ties him to the program through the 2027 season.
UCLA has won 17 games over the last two seasons, including a 9–4 campaign last year that ended with a Sun Bowl loss to Pittsburgh.