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Mikey Thompson

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Mikey Thompson has helped the Captains establish a new standard of success while building the program into an up-and-coming power on the national stage.

In his fourth year as the head coach of the Captains, Thompson previously served as an assistant on the staff since 2011. During his time in Newport News, he has helped CNU earn its first two NCAA Tournament berths, break into the national rankings, and establish nearly every conceivable program record.

Since taking the reins of the team in 2016, he has compiled a 39-16 record, including a 17-7 mark in conference action. Along the way, the Captains have climbed as high as 15th in the USILA National Coaches Poll and picked up their first win in the NCAA Tournament with a triumph over Roanoke during the 2018 campaign.

For his efforts on the sidelines, Thompson has been named the Virginia State Coach of the Year in 2016 and 2018.

During his first year at the helm, Thompson guided the 2016 squad to a 13-5 record and a spot in the USILA Top-20. The team also upended a pair of nationally-ranked programs after toppling No. 11 Roanoke and No. 15 Frostburg State during a 10-day stretch in mid-March. Wrapping up the year, Christopher Newport picked up its first postseason victory after topping Southern Virginia in the first round of the conference tournament.

Continuing his work in 2017, Thompson won 11 games during his second year and helped the Captains establish a single-season record with a .611 faceoff percentage, which also led the CAC. The squad also earned votes in the preseason national coaches poll for the first time in program history and advanced to the conference semifinals for the second straight season.

Setting the benchmark even higher in 2018, Thompson and the Captains posted a program-best 15-5 record while advancing to the third round of the NCAA Tournament. Finishing the year ranked 15th in the country, Christopher Newport established new single-season standards for goals (259), ground balls (718), and goals-against-average (8.40).

In addition to the team’s success, he has also mentored some of the top individual talents in program history. Under Thompson’s guidance, Randy Foster became the team’s first All-American after earning honorable mention plaudits in 2016 and 2017, while Matt Hayden, Matthew Crist, and Tony Cruz have also secured national recognition for their efforts. Hayden became the first player in program history to earn the VaSID All-State Player of the Year Award in 2017 as well.