The Apprentice Builders

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Newport News Apprentice School Builders
University Newport News Apprentice School
Conference USCAA independent
Athletic director Keisha Pexton
Location Newport News, VA
Varsity teams 6
Football stadium Apprentice Athletic Field (2,500)
Nickname Builders
Colors Maroon and Gold

The Apprentice Builders are the athletic teams of the Newport News Apprentice School, located in Newport News, in the U.S. state of Virginia. The school is unique in that it does not grant degrees and therefore is not a member of either the NAIA or the NCAA, but has regularly competed in multiple sports against other degree-granting institutions in the area.[1][2] However, the Apprentice School is a full member of the United States Collegiate Athletic Association.

The school competes in the following sports:

  • Baseball
  • Men's basketball
  • Women's basketball
  • Football
  • Men's golf
  • Wrestling
  • Cheerleading
  • Drumline


The men's basketball team has enjoyed historical success at Apprentice. The 1937 men's basketball team won the Virginia State AAU Championship and qualified for the AAU Nationals in Denver, Colorado.[3]

The school also fields a women's basketball team that has regularly competed nationally at their level.[4]


The 1920 football team holds the school record for single season victories with 11 and fewest points allowed with 25.

American football has been played at Apprentice since 1919, only breaking for two years during World War II.[5] The former coach is Phil Janaro, who has led the Builders to a record of 42 wins and 35 losses during his tenure. Former NFL quarterback Norm Snead also served as a head coach.

Until the end of the 2010 season, Apprentice was a member of the Atlantic Central Football Conference, playing teams mainly in the NCAA Division III, although they also schedule games against NAIA teams.


Wrestling at Apprentice competes in the National Collegiate Wrestling Association (NCWA) and the team won the Mid-Atlantic Conference Championship for the 2010 season.[6] The 2009 team, under head coach Bruce Shumaker, won the NCWA national championship.[7]


  1. ^ ESPN Apprentice basketball statistics
  2. ^ CollegeFanz Apprentice builders
  3. ^ Apprentice Builders The Early Years
  4. ^ Apprentice Builders Women's Basketball National Results
  5. ^ Atlantic Central Football Conference The Apprentice School
  6. ^ National Collegiate Wrestling Association The Apprentice School
  7. ^ National Collegiate Wrestling Association 2009 National Tournament Results