Navarro helped contribute to Florida International defense that was regarded as the Sun Belt's finest; all a remarkable accomplishment for a group that finished 119th nationally in total defense and 111th in scoring defense in 2009.
Prior to his appointment as a full-time assistant coach, Navarro served as the Panthers Director of Football Operations from 2008-10. In this position his primary role was overseeing the day to day operations of the football program. Those areas included; liaison for all campus entities, daily and seasonal scheduling, recruiting visits, team travel, camps, clinics, pro day, as well as the management of the program's million-dollar budget. Coach Navarro also provided significant input in the planning and development of its 20,000-seat on-campus stadium, as well as the R. Kirk Landon Fieldhouse. Amongst Coach Navarro's most impactful achievements in his two years as DFO, Coach Navarro was instrumental in improving the teams' Academic Progress Rate and Graduation Rate. With this improvement the team was finally no longer subject to any scholarship penalties due to academics and gained full scholarship allocation.
As a member of Mario Cristobal's initial staff, Navarro served as the Defensive-Graduate assistant during the 2007 season.
Before his days at Miami, Navarro spent three years coaching the defensive line and one season with the linebackers (2005) at the University of the Redlands in Redlands, CA. From 2001-05, the NCAA Division III program won two-conference championships (2002 and 2003), made two NCAA-Playoff appearance berths (2002 and 2003), and boasted defenses that ranked amongst the top three in their league. Navarro also assisted in developing of seven Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) honorees including: Jake Helveston (DT), Dan Werner (DE), Jared Hammond (DE), Aaron Shires (DE), Will Goff (DT), Nick Steele (LB), and Gary LaRussa (LB). Goff was also named to the 2003 AFCA Division III All-American team, as well as, selected to play in the 2003 Aztec Bowl in Cancun, Mexico.
In addition to coaching at his alma mater, Navarro also worked as an NCAA administrative intern and assistant to the director of athletics for student-athlete welfare, helping coordinate the Champs Life Skills Program and serving as an advisor for the Student Athletic Advisory Committee. This position was funded under the NCAA Division III Minority Internship program.
During his playing days at Redlands, Navarro lettered all four years in football as a defensive tackle and was a member of two conference championship teams. Navarro also lettered all four years as a Bulldog in track and field. He was recognized twice as an All-SCIAC honorable mention (2000 and 2001), two-time Dean's List recipient, and CoSIDA Verizon Academic All-District Team member (2001). Navarro concluded his collegiate career by winning the Frank Serrao Coaches Student-Athlete of the Year Award.
A native of Arleta, CA who attended James Monroe High School (L.A. City Section), Navarro earned his bachelor's degree in Communicative Disorders in 2001 and his master's degree in Communicative Disorders in 2004 from the University of Redlands, CA.