By Owen Gotimer
Viva Loudoun College Editor
(March 25, 2014) – Potomac Falls High School senior Matt Mologne has committed to continue his football career at Christopher Newport University starting in the 2014-2015 school year.
“I’m feeling so good that I finally committed. Now I can focus on finishing my senior off strong, as well as getting faster and stronger for this upcoming season,” said the 6-foot-1, 190-pound Mologne. “At the end of the day I felt CNU was the best fit for me because of the attractive combination of a strong football program and a strong academic program.”
Mologne added that he feels Christopher Newport is becoming a very well-respected liberal arts school.
“I believe it is a place where I can make a positive impact socially,” Mologne said. “I love the small classroom setting where I can get to know my professors and work hands on in class rather than in a lecture hall.”
The Leesburg-native also added that he was captivated with the mindset of Christopher Newport’s head coach Matt Kelchner.
“I was impressed by the winning mentality of this program, as well as coach Kelchner’s philosophy of developing prosperous men outside of football,” Mologne said. “I felt comfortable with every coach during my visit, and they felt like family to me.”
Someone else who feels like family to Mologne, is friend, former teammate and Broad Run High School senior Chris Coggins who has also committed to play football at CNU.
“Chris and I have been on opposing teams for the last four years and now we’re teammates again,” Mologne said. “When Chris and I became teammates in eighth grade, we won a lot of tournament championships in AAU basketball. Hopefully we can do the same thing throughout our four years at CNU.”
While the duo previously played basketball with each other, Mologne and Coggins will undergo a new challenge together when they lace up their cleats this fall in Newport News.
“I love how football requires a pretty unique idea of teamwork and the idea that every player has a valuable role,” Mologne said. “I love how football requires an abundant amount of discipline and hard work in season and off season. Football can provide an overwhelming amount of adversity that tests a player’s perseverance.”
Mologne’s determination was proved last fall when the Potomac Falls Panthers stumbled going 4-7 including a loss in their final game of the season in the roughest way possible as they fell to Briar Woods High School, 57-0, in the VHSL 5A North region tournament.
Nonetheless, Mologne pushed on and committed – along with Dominion High School senior Justin Lyles – to join coach Kelchner at CNU this fall.
In 2013, the Division III Captains went 8-2 including a 5-2 record in the USA South Conference which was capped off with a four game win streak putting Christopher Newport in third place in the conference.
“I believe that my blend of athleticism and instincts is what makes me tough,” said Mologne who will play outside linebacker for the Captains. “The coaching staff was impressed with my pass coverage as well as my pursuit to the football every play.”
Owen Gotimer is a graduate of Heritage High School in Leesburg and is currently a sophomore at Syracuse University. Follow Owen on Twitter (@BigO_Gotimer) for up-to-date college signings and news. Contact us if you want Owen to do an article on the college commitment of your favorite local athlete or a story on a Loudoun County graduate playing in college!