NEWPORT NEWS (WAVY) – Seniors Colin Moog and Ben Merritt were the ones who took up the celebratory task of dousing their head coach with what remained in the water cooler. Even though his team could celebrate a 41-0 win over Southern Virginia, Matt Kelchner would have none of it on the first frigid night of November, ducking and dodging the two seniors.
He couldn’t escape for long, eventually receiving the ice cold shower, which he may not have wanted, but certainly deserved.
Kelchner, who will be leaving the sideline for an administrative role at CNU next season, coached his final game for the Captains (7-3, 6-3 New Jersey Athletic Conference). Many former players showed up to witness the occasion, which ended with “Kelch” at mid-field, tearing up, watching a video that featured former players, administrators and even Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin (a Newport News native) wish him well.
“Pretty touching,” Kelchner said, holding back tears after the game. “(I’m) proud of the victory, (our program has) had a lot of them out here and (I’m) proud of the run we’ve had.” Kelchner first started the CNU football program in 2000, and would lead the Captains to 10 playoff appearances.
“We’ve had a lot of good young men come through this program. (I’m) proud of all of them,” said Kelchner.