Ivin Jasper takes time off to be with ailing son

Bill Wagner
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Offensive coordinator Ivin Jasper has been away from the Navy football program for a few days while dealing with a medical situation involving the youngest of his three children.

Head coach Ken Niumatalolo revealed on Saturday that Jasper was taking some time off in order to be there for his son Jarren, who was hospitalized on Friday with an undisclosed condition.

Jasper missed practice on Friday and Saturday, leaving assistant coach Ashley Ingram in charge of the offense. Ingram holds the title of running game coordinator and usually works directly with the offensive line during practice.

"I would just like to close by – I normally don't do this, bring up personal matters – but this man pretty much single-handedly, nobody has been more instrumental to the success of our football program than Ivin Jasper," Niumatalolo said. "Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family right now."

Navy athletics spokesman Scott Strasemeier declined to elaborate on the nature of Jarren Jasper's illness out of respect for the family's privacy. Niumatalolo would only say that the youngster, who attended Navy's practice on Monday, was dealing with "some critical medical issues right now."

Niumatalolo has told Jasper to take off from work for as long as necessary. Ivin and Donna Jasper have three children, two of whom are currently in college. Dallas Jasper will be a junior volleyball player at St. Leo while Jaylen Jasper will be a freshman volleyball player at Stanford. Jarren Jasper will be entering high school this coming school year.

Ivin Jasper has been a Navy assistant for 18 years, serving as offensive coordinator for the entire decade that Niumatalolo has been head coach. He has been the quarterbacks coach throughout the current triple-option era and developed such standouts as Ricky Dobbs and Keenan Reynolds.

Niumatalolo has marveled at Jasper's ability to train any type of quarterback to direct Navy's intricate triple-option offense. Such standouts as Craig Candeto, Lamar Owens, Kaipo-Noa Kaheaku-Enhada and Will Worth all had vastly different playing styles.

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