Christopher Newport coach Matt Kelchner prepares for final season

NEWPORT NEWS (WAVY) — He’s the face of the franchise, the only coach in school history, but season number 16 will be Matt Kelchner’s last as Christopher Newport head coach.

Last week, he informed his team he is stepping down at the end of the season to become an Associate Athletic Director at CNU.

“I’ve been here 17 years, the president just finished his 20th.” Kelchner said.  That shows me that our leadership believes in people that do a good job. I’ve busted my tale here, I’ve put blood, sweat and tears int”o this program  is our president believes in people that do a good job and I’ve busted my tail here, I’ve put my blood sweat and tears into this program.”

Before coming to CNU, Kelchner was a long time assistant for Jimmye Laycock at William & Mary. At CNU, he’s won more than 100 games and his team is a yearly playoff contender. The end may be on the horizon, but there’s still unfinished business.

“We still have a season to play, so there is still anticipation in your heart for the season,” Kelchner said. “For me I am sure it will much different when we get to the end of the season, hopefully we’re in the NCAA playoffs and I don’t know when the end is and we can just keep it going.”

Many of the players look up to Kelchner as a father figure and they want to send their coach out a winner.

“There is extra motivation to send him out with exactly what he wants and that’s a conference championship and get him back to playoffs,” senior wide receiver Taylor Loudan said.

“It would be very special, last year giving him his 100th win and more was amazing,” said senior Allen Hayes. “I know getting a conference title in his last season would add on even more to his legacy at this school.”

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