Christopher Newport Captains

The Christopher Newport Captains (also CNU Captains) are the athletic teams that represent Christopher Newport University, located in Newport News, Virginia, in NCAA Division III intercollegiate sports. The Captains compete as members of the Capital Athletic Conference for all varsity sports except for football, which plays in the New Jersey Athletic Conference. The football team remains a NJAC associate member because the CAC does not sponsor football.

Christopher Newport Captains Athletics
UniversityChristopher Newport University
ConferenceCapital Athletic Conference
New Jersey Athletic Conference (football only)
NCAADivision III
Athletic directorKyle McMullin
LocationNewport News, Virginia
Varsity teams19
Football stadiumPomoco Stadium
Basketball arenaFreeman Center
Baseball stadiumCaptains Park
MascotCaptain Chris

Varsity teams

List of teams

Individual sports


The Captains baseball team made it to the NCAA Division III College World Series and finished 3rd and 2nd in 2002 and 2003 respectively under the coaching of John Harvell.[1] The CNU baseball team has fielded 6 All American Athletes.[2]


The CNU Men's basketball team holds an impressive .697 percent victory percentage and 13 All-American Athlete honors over its almost 40 years of existence.[3] CNU has also produced an NBA player in Lamont Strothers. The Women's basketball team, started in 1971 sports a slightly lower overall win percentage at .583 and has fielded 7 All-American Athlete honors.

2011 Women's Division III Final Four

Christopher Newport University participated in its first Final Four in school history - men's or women's - and is looking to expand on its most successful season in program history. The Captains (29-3) reached the NCAA Sweet 16 a year ago, setting a new program mark for victories in a season with 30, but have advanced even further this year with a trip to the national semifinals.

CNU is the top three-point shooting team in the nation, knocking down 44.7% of their trey's this season, led by the nation's leading scorer, Chelsie Schweers. In her swan song season, Schweers has moved into number two all-time in scoring, with over 2,800 career points, and is Division III's all-time leader in three-pointers made, with 411. Schweers has scored 132 points in four NCAA Tournament games, leading the championship with 33.0 points per game, and is threatening the all-time NCAA Tournament record for scoring (162 by Crystal Coleman - Bishop). [4]

Cross country

The CNU Men's Cross Country team holds an impressive historical roster with over 110 first team All-Dixie/USA South Conference awards and 65 All Mason-Dixon Conference awards.[5] The CNU Women's Cross Country team holds over 50 First team All-Dixie/USA South Conference awards and 42 All Mason-Dixon Conference awards. The men's team has also produced 4 All-American athletes with 1 award each.

Field hockey

The women's Field Hockey Team is coached by Carrie Moura. In 2006 the team reached the elite 8 in the NCAA Division III National Tournament, and the Sweet Sixteen in the two years to follow. The team has had four all Americans and numerous all region players.


With most CNU sports having been established for 20 years or more, CNU Football is one of the newest sports. Started in 2001 with Matt Kelchner coaching, the team has made it to the NCAA play-offs 5 out of the last 6 years. The team recently won their NCAA Division III Conference Championship. The Captains were the first team in NCAA history to win a conference title and advance to the NCAA playoffs in their first year of play - and have finished the regular season no lower than second place in the division since.


The university’s softball team placed 2nd in the NCAA Division III Softball National Championship in 2011. [6]


The CNU men's tennis team has recently come onto the Division III tennis scene after years in the shadows. The men won the USA South Conference title for the regular season and the Conference Tournament for the first times in almost a decade. The team players had several wins over Division I opponents and sophomore Eddie Glidewell finished in the Top 35 in the Nation. He joined five other players to reach this distinction - Holden Knight, Detlef Schultz, Jason Martin, and Hugh Spain.

Track & field

The CNU track has an impressive historical roster with 62 national championship titles held by 31 different athletes. Also, the track team has received a total of 511 All-American Athlete awards among 119 different athletes[7].[8]

Club sports

CNU sports club programs include ice hockey,[9] equestrian, dressage, cycling, fishing, lacrosse, martial arts,[10] rock climbing, rugby, scuba diving, silver storm dance, soccer, swimming, table tennis, tennis, ultimate frisbee and volleyball.


CNU FC officially became a school-recognized club in 2005. It was started by Phill Condrey (President), Steven Mohn (Vice-President), Jason Semko (Secretary), Scott Siclari (Treasurer), and Jeremy Wells. CNU FC

CNU Ice hockey

The CNU ice hockey team is a club sport at CNU and is a member of the ACHA and BRHC. The CNU Ice Hockey club was formed in the fall of 2004. The team just completed its ninth season of play, finishing with the team's first Conference Championship, defeating Loyola University in overtime. See the CNU Men's Ice Hockey website at: .

CNU Rugby

The CNU Rugby team was founded as a club sport in the Fall of 2000. They are a member of the Virginia Rugby Union, Division III. And are 2009 DIII State Champs as well as 2012 V.R.U. Champions.

CNU Martial Arts Club

The CNU MAC was established by Skyler Brady in 2009. CNU MAC is a competitive mixed martial arts team that trains in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, wrestling, kickboxing and Muay Thai. The team hosted its first tournament, The Captain's Invitational on October 31, 2010. CNUMAC

CNU Men's Club Volleyball

CNU Men's Volleyball club holds practices 3 days a week, and attends at least 3 tournaments a semester. Current president is Andrew Thompson (senior).

CNU Swimming Club

The CNU Swimming Club is not a widely recognized club at CNU as there is no pool on campus. When asked about the club many would reply, "We have a swim team?" The club competes with other swim clubs around Virginia and even out of state colleges. Recently, the CNU team won its first meet which was against Loyola University, Ohio University, and Mary Washington University. The club looks to expand in the coming years, which will hopefully bring a pool to CNU's campus.


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  4. "Christopher Newport University - Captains Take on #2 Amherst in Final Four Tonight, 6:00 pm ET". 2011-03-17. Retrieved 2014-08-15.
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  6. "Christopher Newport University - CNU Softball Takes 2nd Place; Fall in National Championship Game, 6-2". 2011-05-24. Retrieved 2014-08-15.
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  9. "CNU Ice Hockey - Home". Archived from the original on 2005-10-25. Retrieved 2014-11-28.
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