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 enters his 10th season at the helm of the Hawks football program after producing back-to-back winning seasons for the first time in the Division II era and has produced winning seasons three of the last five seasons.


Place guided the Hawks to a 6-4 overall record and a 4-3 CIAA record during the 2016 campaign. Under Place’s direction, the Hawks jumped out to a 4-1 record to start the season with their lone loss to Division I Campbell.  After the loss, the Hawks bounced back to win three straight contests to tie the program mark for consecutive wins.  Chowan garnered a program best 10 All-CIAA selections (seven Second Team selections) and 18 CIAA Player of the Week honors.  Randall Dixon broke the single game mark for passing yards with 404 yards in a 47-14 win over Johnson C. Smith.  Dixon also tied the single game mark with five touchdown passes in the victory against Livingstone and Johnson C. Smith.  Dixon was one of seven to be named to the All-CIAA Second Team.


Under Place, Tyree Lee finished his career with a DII program record 2,114 yards and 24 touchdowns.  Lee is the only Hawk to produce back-to-back 1,000 yard seasons.  Lee broke his own school record with a 243 yard rushing performance against Lincoln (Pa.) and rushed for a school record four touchdowns against Virginia Union.  Lee picked up All-CIAA Second Team honors, as well as, two CIAA Player of the Week honors.






Mark Hall

Assistant Head Coach: Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks/Wide Receivers


Mark Hall will enter his 10th season with the Chowan football program. Hall followed head coach Tim Place to Chowan from the Urbana University coaching staff.


Hall serves as Offensive Coordinator and works primarily with quarterbacks and wide receivers.  Hall has coached both CIAA Offensive Players of the Year (Robert Holland and CJ Westler), 12 All-CIAA recipients and an All-American (Robert Holland).


During the 2016 season, Coach Hall developed Randall Dixon and Tyrone Carter into playmakers for the Hawks.  Dixon would set the single game passing yardage mark with 404 yards and five touchdowns breaking the previous record holder, CJ Westler, under Hall’s system.  Both Dixon and Carter garnered All-CIAA Second Team Honors.





Eric Rhodes

Assistant Coach: Defensive Backs


Eric Rhodes enters his first season with the Chowan University athletic department and the Hawks’ football program.  He will serve as the Assistant Coach for Defensive Backs in 2017.


Prior to coming to Chowan, Rhodes served as a Defensive Graduate Assistant for Defensive Backs at Grambling State University.  During his time at Grambling, Rhodes helped the Tigers to a 2016 SWAC Conference Championship.  Grambling State received a national ranking in the FCS along with being ranked Top-10 nationally in scoring defense and total defense in the FCS.


Rhodes helped GSU to win the 2016 Air Force Reserves Celebration Bowl Championship (HBCU National Championship).  Rhodes prepared and organized the team’s defensive playbook, assisted in breaking down weekly film, and assisted Strength coach with speed and weight-training among his other duties.






Jon Leible

Assistant Coach: Offensive Line/Recruiting Coordinator


Jon Leible enters his first season with the Chowan University athletic department and the Hawks’ football program.  He will serve as the Assistant Coach for Offensive Line in 2017.


Prior to coming to Chowan, Leible served as an Offensive Line coach at Central Connecticut State for three seasons.  During his time at Central Connecticut, Leible coach three All-New England Conference selections on the offensive line.  Leible was in charge of all facets of the offensive line and recruited parts of New York and Connecticut.


Before his stint with Central Connecticut, Leible was the Assistant Head Coach for Offensive Line and Recruiting Coordinator at the University of New Haven in Connecticut for four seasons.  He started his tenure as a graduate assistant and worked his way up to the promotion of Assistant Head Coach during the 2014 season.  While at UNH, Leible coached seven All-Conference selections including two named All-Super Region and a Gene Upshaw Award finalist in David Stedman.






Jeffrey Fitzgerald

Assistant Coach: Defensive Line


Jeffrey Fitzgerald enters his first season with the Chowan University athletic department and the Hawks’ football program.  He will serve as the Assistant Coach for Defensive Line in 2017.


Prior to coming to Chowan, Fitzgerald spent a season as a Defensive Line Graduate Assistant at Troy University.  Before stepping into the collegiate coaching system, Fitzgerald spent four seasons as the Assistant Football coach at Hermitage High School in Richmond, Va.


Before becoming a coach, Fitzgerald played professional with the Arena Football League’s Philadelphia Soul, United Football League’s Omaha Nighthawks and with the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs.






John Wheeler

Volunteer Assistant Football Coach


John Wheeler joins the Chowan Football Staff as a volunteer assistant coach for the 2018 season.


Wheeler comes to Chowan after spending nine seasons as the head coach at Currituck County High School.  During his tenure at Currituck, Wheeler led the program to 39 wins on his way to being named Northeastern Coastal Conference Coach of the Year in 2013 after winning the NCC Title in 2013.  Wheeler would earn four playoff wins during his tenure.


While at Currituck County, Wheeler coached 25 Northeastern North Carolina All-Area Players and 28 All-Northeastern Coastal Conference Players.  Currituck County made the NCHSAA playoffs five times and was earned the 2011 and 2013 District Champion title.