On Monday, Navy football offensive assistant Billy Ray Stutzmann shared he was let go from his job due to the school’s COVID-19 vaccination policy.
The Naval Academy has issued a vaccine mandate for all coaches and staff. Stutzmann says he attempted to obtain a religious exemption for refusing the shot, but was unable to do so.
As a result, he was let go after serving on the staff for the last two seasons. Stutzmann did not go into detail on what specific religious beliefs prevent him from being inoculated.
“I continue to stand firm in my conviction of faith, but I understand and respect that each individual and institution has a choice on how they wish to manage these issues,” Stutzmann wrote.
— Billy Ray Stutzmann (@BRayStutzmann) September 13, 2021
Believe it or not, this might not even be the biggest story involving a Navy assistant coach to come out of the last weekend. Following Saturday’s 23-3 loss to Air Force, Navy announced it had fired longtime offensive coordinator Ivin Jasper.
There was one problem though. It was AD Chet Gladchuk who made the call to fire Jasper, not longtime head coach Ken Niumatalolo. After Niumatalolo discussed the matter further with Gladchuk, Jasper was retained as quarterbacks coach, but had to surrender play calling responsibilities.
“It was an unfortunate situation,” Niumatalolo said. “There’s some emotion involved, obviously, but we just lost a big game. I think cooler heads have prevailed.”