Navy fires assistant football coach after vaccine exemption denied
Navy has parted ways with offensive assistant Billy Ray Stutzmann.
Navy assistant coach Billy Ray Stutzmann fired after failing to receive exemption for COVID-19 vaccinehttps://t.co/K53tTpp2uB
— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) September 13, 2021
The third-year assistant posted on Twitter that he has been relieved of his duties for not taking the COVID-19 vaccine, which is required of all Navy athletics coaches and staff. In his statement, Stutzman wrote that his “religious convictions” prevented him from following Naval Academy COVID-19 policies. He had previously applied for a religious exemption and alternative working arrangements, but he was ultimately let go.
“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. “I wish Navy Football nothing but the best in the future.
— Billy Ray Stutzmann (@BRayStutzmann) September 13, 2021
Stutzmann joined the Navy coaching staff in 2019 after serving as an offensive intern with Hawaii. He received a strong recommendation from Va‘a Niumatalolo, whose father is Navy’s head coach. Ken Niumatalolo was a former UH quarterback and assistant coach.