Home of Hawks Football

Garrison Stadium is home to the Hawks football team. Over the fifty-plus years that the school has competed in football, the team has called this area of campus home. Read More

Tim Place

Head Coach

Tim Place will enter his ninth season at the helm of the Hawks football program. The 2015 team tied the program best record with a 6-4 finish (originally achieved in 2012). Place guided the team to their first win over an NCAA Division I opponent (Delaware State) and defeated perennial CIAA powerhouse Winston-Salem State University for the first time in program history. Nick Hahula was named CIAA Special Teams Player of Year and also earned All-CIAA honors along with Michael Lugo. Roderick Lindsey and Tyree Lee were named to the All-CIAA Second Team. In his first season with the Hawks, Lee set the single game rushing yards record (223 vs. Saint Augustines) and set single season rush attempts (219), rushing yards (1,049), touchdowns (12) and points (96) records. Place guided the 2014 team to a 2-8 overall record and a 1-6 finish in CIAA competition. The Hawks earned a fifth place finish in the CIAA Northern Division. Two Hawks players, Kemaree Alcorn and Marcel Burns, Jr., both earned CIAA All-Rookie Defensive Team accolades. Alcorn also earned NCCAA All-American Second Team recognition. A record was also set in 2014 with DaSean Martin earning four rushing touchdowns in a single game.


Mark Hall

Assistant Head Coach: Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks/Wide Receivers

Mark Hall will enter his ninth season with the Chowan University football program. Hall is one of four coaches that came to Chowan with Tim Place from Urbana University. Hall serves as Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks/Wide Receivers.

He was instrumental in cultivating national talent Robert Holland. The 2013 CIAA Offensive Player of the Year owns all of the Chowan receiving records and set the CIAA and NCAA DII career reception record (325) during his final season. Holland was drafted to the Calgary Stampeders as part of the Canadian Football League shortly upon graduation from Chowan.

In 2012, he guided freshman wide receiver Ryan Nolan to a spot on the CIAA All-Rookie Team. Nolan started all 10 games during his rookie campaign, and led the Hawks in receptions (39), season receiving yards (634) and touchdowns (6) while averaging 63.4 receiving yards per game. As a team in 2012, the Hawks averaged 430.7 yards of offense per game, and averaged 32.8 points per game during their first winning season since 1999.


Kurt von Bargen

Assistant Coach: Linebackers/Defensive Coordinator

Kurt von Bargen enters his second year with the Chowan University athletic department and the Hawks football program. He served as the Assistant Coach for Linebackers during the 2015 season and was promoted to Defensive Coordinator in 2016.

Prior to coming to Chowan, von Bargen worked for the University of South Florida as a graduate assistant and was later promoted to Assistant Linebacker Coach and Assistant Defensive Line Coach over the course of three seasons with the Bulls. Von Bargen was also responsible for all of the weekly offensive opponent breakdowns and scouting reports, the coordination of the team discipline program and recruiting in ten states.

Von Bargen served a brief stint at Dartmouth College as the Offensive Line Assistant and Assistant Director of Football Operations before his time at the University of South Florida. He also gained experience during a two-year stop at Trinity College as the Outside Linebackers Coach and Assistant Coordinator for Special Teams. The Big Green lead the nation in all divisions in rushing defense (2010 & 2011), total defense (2011) and scoring defense (2011) during von Bargens time at Dartmouth.