Christopher Newport Captains football

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Christopher Newport Captains football
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First season 2001
Athletic director C.J. Woollum
Head coach Matt Kelchner
14 year, 98–51 (.658)
Home stadium Pomoco Stadium
Stadium capacity 4,200
Stadium surface Natural Grass
Location Newport News, Virginia
Conference NJAC
All-time record 98–51 (.658)
Postseason bowl record 4–10 (.286)
Claimed national titles 0
Conference titles 10
Colors

Royal Blue and Silver

          
Mascot Captain Chris
Website CNU Athletics

The Christopher Newport Captains football team represents Christopher Newport University in the NCAA Division III, competing as football-only members of the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC). Christopher Newport (CNU) plays its home games at the 4,200 seat Pomoco Stadium, which is located on-campus in Newport News, Virginia. Founded in 2001, the Captains are led by head coach Matt Kelchner. After 11 seasons with the USA South Athletic Conference, the Captains shifted to the NJAC to start the 2015 season.

History[edit]

By the late 1990s, the prospect of bringing football to Christopher Newport was gaining momentum from both students and the administration alike. On December 16, 1999, the CNU Board of Visitors voted in favor of starting a football program to compete at the Division III level by the 2001 season.[1] By Spring 2000, the initial schedule was released for play in the Dixie Conference in 2001, and on May 9, 2000, Matt Kelchner was announced as the program's first head coach.[2] In the Captains history, the program has captured seven co-conference and three outright conference championship in addition to making ten appearances in the Division III playoffs.

Seasons[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
Christopher Newport Captains (Dixie Conference) (2001–2002)
2001 Matt Kelchner 5–4 Dixie Conference T–1st L 1st Round D-III Playoffs
2002 Matt Kelchner 6–5 Dixie Conference T–1st L 1st Round D-III Playoffs
Christopher Newport Captains (USA South Conference) (2003–2014)
2003 Matt Kelchner 8–3 USA South Conference T–1st L 2nd Round D-III Playoffs
2004 Matt Kelchner 9–3 USA South Conference T–1st L 2nd Round D-III Playoffs
2005 Matt Kelchner 6–4 USA South Conference T–3rd
2006 Matt Kelchner 8–3 USA South Conference T–1st L 2nd Round D-III Playoffs
2007 Matt Kelchner 7–3 USA South Conference 2nd
2008 Matt Kelchner 8–2 USA South Conference 1st L 1st Round D-III Playoffs
2009 Matt Kelchner 5–5 USA South Conference 3rd
2010 Matt Kelchner 6–5 USA South Conference T–1st L 1st Round D-III Playoffs
2011 Matt Kelchner 8–3 USA South Conference 1st L 1st Round D-III Playoffs
2012 Matt Kelchner 6–5 USA South Conference T–1st L 1st Round D-III Playoffs
2013 Matt Kelchner 8–2 USA South Conference T-3rd
2014 Matt Kelchner 8–4 USA South Conference 1st L 2nd Round D-III Playoffs
Christopher Newport Captains (New Jersey Athletic Conference) (2015–present)
2015 Matt Kelchner 0–0 New Jersey Athletic Conference
Total: 98–51
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
Indicates Bowl Coalition, Bowl Alliance, BCS, or CFP / New Years' Six bowl.
#Rankings from final Coaches Poll.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Barrett, Stephanie (December 17, 1999). "CNU agrees to tackle football". The Daily Press. 
  2. ^ Williams, Jennifer L. (May 10, 2000). "CNU named first coach". The Daily Press.