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Jeff Nations

Braithwaite to lead Captains' defense

Former Handley High School and William and Mary football standout Adam Braithwaite has made another move in his college football coaching career.

Braithwaite, who spent the past three seasons on coach Rich Rodriguez's staff at Michigan, has been named as the new defensive coordinator at NCAA Division III Christopher Newport.

"Adam brings a wealth of experience with him to CNU," Captains coach Matt Kelchner said in a school news release. "He has worked at all levels of collegiate football and we're very excited to have him on our staff."

Braithwaite, 31, played defensive back when Kelchner was an assistant coach at William and Mary. Braithwaite, who graduated from William and Mary in 2002, began his coaching career at West Liberty State in 2003. After a year with the Hilltoppers, he returned to his alma mater and helped lead the Tribe to the NCAA Division I-AA playoff semifinals.

Braithwaite then spent two years working with Rodriguez at West Virginia (2005-2006), serving as a defensive graduate assistant working with defensive backs and linebackers. In 2007, he took over as defensive coordinator at Hampden-Sydney and helped the program win the Old Dominion Athletic Conference championship. Braithwaite then rejoined Rodriguez for three seasons at Michigan, the first two as a graduate assistant and before coaching the Wolverines' safeties last season.

Braithwaite replaces Brian Vaganek, who left to take a defensive assistant coaching job at Rhode Island.

Christopher Newport is coming off an NCAA Division III playoff appearance, the school's seventh in the past 10 years.

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