His funeral Monday in New York brought together hundreds of people, including 10 busloads of U.S. Military Academy cadets who made the trip from West Point, Black Knights football coach Jeff Monken and one of Monken's closest friends: Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo.
That's the essence of the Army-Navy rivalry: fierce on the field, civil off it. Monken reportedly plastered "Beat Navy" posters up throughout the Black Knights locker room and practice facility as soon as he was hired, while Niumatalolo was conflicted — probably still is, too — about having to face his former colleague annually.
"I was happy because that's what he wanted, but of all the jobs, you had to pick Army? Couldn't you have picked another job?" Niumatalolo told The Washington Post in 2014. "I'm happy for him. I just wish it was at another school."