Jamie Gunderson has been appointed the head coach of the Christopher Newport women's soccer program in an announcement made by Director of Athletics Kyle McMullin on Friday afternoon. The Captains have removed the interim tag and named Gunderson the seventh Head Coach in the program's 24-year history.
Gunderson, who has been with the Captains since the fall of 2012, previously served as an assistant coach under Dan Weiler for seven seasons before stepping into the interim position earlier this year.
"I am extremely pleased that during a time of great uncertainty, we are able to move forward with someone who will bring steady leadership and exceptional ability as our Head Women's Soccer Coach," said McMullin. "Jamie's presence has been key to the success of our women's soccer team for the past seven years and his ability to lead our students has become evident over the past month. Jamie will excel as our Head Coach."
Prior to taking the reins as the top assistant coach in 2014, Gunderson also served under head coach Ruth Keegan as a volunteer assistant coach in 2012 and started his tenure with Weiler in 2013. He has been a staple on the sidelines during the most successful stretch in program history as he helped guide the Captains to six straight regular season conference titles between 2013-18 and six NCAA Tournament berths in his time under coach Weiler. In a three-year stretch between 2016-18, the Captains set and re-set the program record for wins in a season while capturing the program's first three Capital Athletic Conference Tournament Championships.
In 2018, Gunderson was part of the coaching staff that led Christopher Newport to the NCAA Division III National Semifinals and wrapped up the season with a 21-2-0 overall record. For his efforts, he was honored as part of the United Soccer Coaches Atlantic South Region Coaching Staff of the Year.
Prior to arriving at Christopher Newport University, Gunderson was a four-year starter at Methodist University and was a USA South All-Sportsmanship Team representative for the Monarchs. He has competed professionally as a member of the Norfolk Sharx in the Major Indoor Soccer League and also played with the Lionsbridge FC team in the PDL the last two summers. He has continued to hone his coaching prowess as a head coach with the VA Legacy soccer club in Williamsburg, Va. from 2009-19.
Christopher Newport women's soccer posted a 16-3-3 overall record and went 8-1-1 in conference play during the 2019 season. The Captains earned an at-large berth into the NCAA Tournament and reached the second round of the postseason tournament after a 2-0 win over Worcester State in the opening round.
Gunderson holds a "C" License from the United States Soccer Federation, earning the certificate in 2018. The first season under head coach Jamie Gunderson is slated to begin this Fall with a full schedule to be announced later this year.
STATEMENT FROM JAMIE GUNDERSON
I could not be more honored and grateful for this opportunity. I would like to thank President Paul Trible, Vice President Bill Brauer, Director of Athletics Kyle McMullin, along with Carrie Gardner, Matt Kelchner, and the entire search committee. Also, I would like to send a special thank you to Dan Weiler for helping me start my journey at CNU. Dan's passion and drive to run a successful program has helped develop me into the coach I am today. I am looking forward to continuing the growth and traditions of the CNU Women's soccer program.
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