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CNU's Matt Kelchner: Teams need 3 significant components

Christopher Newport coach Matt Kelchner starts with three distinct components required for a championship program and ranks them in order: administrative backing; quality support personnel; accessible talent pool. CNU is 3-for-3. The program has ample administrative support, from president Paul Trible's office down. The administration provides much more than lip service. The Captains' facilities — from stadium to practice fields to weight room to equipment to office space — are top shelf in Division III. The Captains' coaching staff and support personnel are excellent, as well. The staff is routinely a mix of promising young coaches and seasoned veterans, such as longtime offensive coordinator Dan Antolik and quarterbacks coach Mike Faragalli, who won an FCS national championship at Richmond and was on staffs at Virginia and in the Canadian Football League. As for talent, Hampton Roads produces more than its share of players. The majority of the Captains' roster is comprised of players from the Atlantic Ocean west to Richmond. All of that adds up to nine NCAA playoff appearances in the program's first 13 years. "I don't know that we've accomplished everything we initially thought we could," Kelchner said. "It's still a process, but we've accomplished some pretty good stuff here."

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