Chris McKenney
Chris McKenney
Title: Head Football Coach
Phone: 207.326.2453
Year: 19th Season
Previous College: Springfield '84

Coach McKenney at a Glance

  • Most victorious coach in Academy history
  • First MMA Coach to 50 wins; recorded 50th win in 2011 season opener
  • Coached Mariners to three postseason berths
  • 2009 New England Football Writers Division II/III Coach of the Year
  • 2005 New England Football Conference Coach of the Year
  • 2006 and 2008 NEFC Bogan Division Coach of the Year
  • Offense featured on ESPN's Grantland

Meet Coach McKenney

In his 18th season as the head coach, and 34th season in college football, McKenney's Mariners placed three on the NEWMAC All-Conference team and Terrell Thomas was named the NEWMAC Co-Rookie of the Year.

McKenney led the Mariners in a new era in 2017, as the team competed in the inaugural season of NEWMAC Football. The team picked up their first-ever NEWMAC victory over Coast Guard. McKenney also coached two NEWMAC All-Conference selections and five NEWMAC All-Academic selections. 

In 2016, McKenney coached four All-New England Football Conference (NEFC) selections, a Hal Chalmers Senior Scholar Athlete of the Year, and two ECAC Division III Football North All-Stars. Over the past 16 seasons at Maine Maritime, McKenney’s teams have brought plenty of excitement to Ritchie Field. McKenney was named 2009 New England Division II/III Coach of the Year after leading his team to the NEFC Championship.

He was named the NEFC Coach of the Year in 2005 and NEFC Bogan Division Coach of the Year in 2006 and 2008.  Many of McKenney’s players have received distinguished honors, including AFCA All-American, AP All-American, New England Gold Helmet Division II/III Player of the Year, Academic All-Conference, NEFC Rookie of the Year, NEFC Offensive/Defensive Player of the Year, ECAC Player of the Year and three players in the last five years have been named Greater Boston Gridiron Club Division II/III Player of the Year.

2010 brought another Bogan division title and third straight appearance in the NEFC championship game and a trip to the ECAC Bowl.  The Mariners, again, led the nation in rushing and broke three NCAA records: most rushing yards gained in a season (5,188), most yards gained per game rushing (471.64), and most TD’s per game (5.45) posting 60 rushing scores in 11 games. The Mariners broke many school and conference records and continue to be one of the top offenses in NCAA Division III.

The 2009 season was full of highlights.  The Mariners captured the NEFC Championship, winning nine games, leading the nation in rushing yards (4,419) and breaking numerous school and conference records, including breaking the all-time NCAA Division II/III single game rushing record with 730 yards rushing on 63 carries.

In 2008, the Mariners captured the Bogan Division title and hosted the Conference Championship game. Along the way, the Mariners established 23 records, including total offense (4,727), points (419), touchdowns (62), and rushing yards (4,050).

From 2005 to 2010, the Mariners compiled an impressive 42-14 (.750 winning percentage) regular season record playing in the NEFC (largest conference in the nation), an NEFC Championship in 2009, Bogan Division titles in 2008, 2009 and 2010, and two trips to the ECAC Bowl Championship in 2005 and 2010.

A native of Dover, N.H., McKenney is an inductee in the Dover Sports Hall of Fame.  He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education in 1984, and his Master’s degree in Athletic Administration in 1986 at Springfield College.  He was a three-year starter and a four-year letter winner at linebacker.

McKenney’s coaching career began at his alma mater in 1984 as a graduate assistant. McKenney then went on to coaching stints at Northeastern University as Special Teams Coordinator and D-line coach, and at Norwich University where he served as Defensive Line Coach and Head Track Coach.  McKenney returned to his alma mater in 1991 as the Offensive Coordinator and assistant professor in physical education.  Under the direction of McKenney, Springfield became the premier running attack in NCAA Division III.  Springfield’s offense became the first ever to compile 4,000 yards rushing in one season, setting an NCAA record with 4,275 yards.  In 2000, the Pride recorded the most wins in school history and a trip to the final eight of the NCAA Tournament, the furthest for any New England school.  During McKenney’s ten years at Springfield College, the offense set numerous school and conference record.  His players received many individual honors such as All-Conference, All-America, Player of the Year, and Academic All-America.

“Players are attracted to Maine Maritime Academy by its academic reputation, job placement percentage and high salaries,” says McKenney. “We are excited about our new weight room and fitness center installed in the summer of 2013. That, along with Ritchie Field, which was renovated in 2005, provides us with great facilities for our athletes.”

“Our program has achieved measurable success in the past several years, including seven Admiral’s Cups, three division titles and a conference championship. We look to build on that success in the coming years.”