Christopher Newport University

Christopher Newport Univ Athletics
1 University Place Newport News, VA 23606
Division 3 Virginia Northeast
Public Medium National competitor


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Justin Chezem

A staple on the sidelines of Christopher Newport men's soccer for over a decade, Justin Chezem was named the seventh head coach in the history of the program and will take the reins starting in 2019. During his 12 seasons as an assistant coach, Chezem helped Christopher Newport post over 200 wins with eight NCAA Tournament appearances.

Chezem has been directly involved with the CNU men's soccer program for 16 years as both a player and an assistant coach. He has been on staff as the Captains have grown to a national power, including becoming the first team in CNU Athletics history to garner a number one national ranking in 2009. Christopher Newport reached the NCAA Tournament eight times during his tenure, including three trips to the National Quarterfinals, and have won five conference championships.

The Captains averaged 15 wins per season while Chezem was an assistant coach. In addition to the success on the field, Chezem helped grow the team's involvement in the community through camps and clinics while working to expand the Captains' alumni base. In 2018, he spearheaded a fundraising effort on CNU Day that netted the soccer program over $30,000.

Chezem holds a USSF 'B' coaching license and the United Soccer Coaches Premier coaching license. Prior to joining the coaching ranks, Chezem was a four-year player for head coach Steve Shaw from 2001-04. During that time, he helped the Captains post a combined 48-25-6 record. On an individual level, he was a first team All-Conference pick in 2003 and 2004. Additionally, he was named to the USA South All-Tournament team for his efforts in the postseason during the 2004 campaign.

Chezem graduated with a degree in Business Marketing in 2005 and has also coached locally at Warwick High School. He and his wife Elizabeth have a son, Tucker, and currently reside in Newport News.

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Shawn Trueblood

Shawn Trueblood returns to the sidelines as a member of the CNU Men's Soccer coaching staff for his sixth year in 2019. For the last two seasons, he worked with the nationally-ranked Christopher Newport women's soccer team and helped guide the Captains to the program's first ever NCAA Division III National Semifinals appearance in 2018. Prior to his work with the women's team, he also served as an assistant coach with the men's program for five years until the 2016 season.

He was a four-year starter on defense under head coach Steve Shaw between 2004-07, scoring five goals in his career. CNU averaged over 12 wins a season while Trueblood played, earning one trip to the NCAA Tournament, where the Captains defeated Chestnut Hill in the first round in 2006.

Trueblood has been building his coaching resume as a staff member at Lafayette HS and with the Virginia Legacy. He has served as a coach in the Legacy program since 2008, and now oversees the East End Legacy's Developmental, Advanced Development and U10-U18 Travel Teams. He also served as an assistant coach at his high school alma mater in Williamsburg for three years.

Trueblood graduated from Christopher Newport University in 2008 with a degree in Communication Studies. He and his wife Melissa have two kids, Millie and Remi, and currently reside in Williamsburg.

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Ryan Hagerty

Ryan Hagerty is beginning his 16th season as a member of head coach Steve Shaw’s staff in 2018.

During his time on the sidelines, Hagerty has been instrumental in Christopher Newport’s numerous postseason runs. Since joining the staff, he has helped guide the Captains to eight NCAA Tournament berths, including Elite Eight appearances in 2008, 2009 and 2014.

Before joining Shaw on the sidelines, Hagerty was a three-year standout for the Captains. As a player, he helped anchor a defense that allowed just 18 goals in 22 games and rolled to the Elite Eight in 2000.

A Virginia Beach native, he led Kempsville High School to a state championship and also garnered First Team All-State and All-Beach District honors during that time.

Hagerty and his wife Lindsay have a daughter, Kylee, and son, Mason, and are currently living in Seaford. He is a History teacher and coach at York High School in the York County Public School System.

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