Tony Grantham is returning to Annapolis for a third stint as an assistant with the Navy football program, The Capital has learned.
Grantham, who spent a total of 10 years on staff during two previous stops, spent the 2017 season as the defensive coordinator at Western Illinois.
Grantham was a well-respected member of the Navy staff while coaching defensive line and outside linebackers from 2003 to 2006. He spent one season as an assistant at Campbell University before returning to Annapolis as outside linebackers coach from 2008 through 2013.
The Radford University graduate departed a second time to become inside linebackers coach at Louisville under his older brother Todd, who was defensive coordinator.
Grantham is one of two new coaches being hired by head coach Ken Niumatalolo, who was granted an additional slot when an NCAA rule change allowed for a 10th assistant.
According to sources, Navy’s other hire will be Sione Po’uha, who played defensive tackle for the New York Jets from 2005 through 2012. Po’uha was a third round pick in the 2005 NFL Draft out of the University of Utah and developed into a starter for the Jets.
After retiring from the National Football League, Po’uha returned to his alma mater as a graduate assistant and worked with the defensive line. Pouha, who is of Tongan descent and grew up in Salt Lake City, is very similar to Nua.
Nua, who left Navy to become defensive line coach at Arizona State, hails from American Samoa and also played in the NFL with the Pittsburgh Steelers.