Chris Vicory is entering his ninth season as the offensive line coach for Claremont-Mudd-Scripps in 2022, while adding offensive coordinator duties after previously serving as a strength and conditioning coach.
His work with the offensive line has helped CMS consistently rank among the nation's leaders in time of possession. The Stags were first in the nation in time of possession for all divisions in 2019, after finishing second in the nation in 2018, and after a year break for the COVID pandemic, CMS placed fifth in 2021.
His offensive line has also helped pave the way for three 1000-yard rushers in the last four seasons. In 2018, junior running back Garrett Cheadle recorded the second-highest single-season rushing total in school history (1305 yards), despite missing the last two games (including a school-record 274 yards against Whittier). Justin Edwards, meanwhile, has tallied two straight 1,000-yard seasons in 2021 and 2022, finishing with the eighth-highest rushing total in CMS history as a sophomore (1146 yards) and the school record for rushing touchdowns (16).
Amongst the individual players he has coached, senior tackle Brian Wahl earned All-America honors from the American Football Coaches Association in 2018, and was joined on the All-SCIAC first team by Jett Zeimantz. Zeimantz repeated as a first-team selection in 2019, and was joined on the All-SCIAC squads by junior Jacob Lyle (Second Team). Lyle then went on to capture fourth-team All-America honors from D3football.com in 2021, as well as first-team All-SCIAC honors, along with Kamarion Porter, while William Zhang was on the second team. Porter (first-team) and Zhang (second team) repeated as All-SCIAC winners in 2022.
Prior to joining CMS, Vicory was the head football coach and offensive coordinator at College of the Redwoods in Eureka, California. In 2013-14, Vicory led a Corsair offense that broke 16 school offensive records and led Northern California in passing yardage. Prior to moving to College of the Redwoods, Vicory was the offensive coordinator at Mendocino College in Ukiah California, where his no-huddle spread offense led the Bay Valley Conference in passing yards and passing touchdowns.
In 2009, Vicory began his coaching career at Humboldt State University as the tight ends and running backs coach. In 2011, he was promoted to offensive line coach and helped HSU win a Great Northwest Athletic Conference Championship with his offensive line paving the way for Humboldt State’s all-time leading rusher and passer. In addition, the offensive line did not give up a sack for five consecutive games, the only team in Div. II (as well as Div. I FBS and FCS) to do so.
Vicory was a three-sport athlete (football, wrestling and track and field) at Rio Linda High School in Sacramento. He spent the next two years at American River College before transferring to Humboldt State in 2007. As a center, Vicory helped American River to a Mid-Empire Conference championship his freshman year. At HSU, Vicory played offensive line for two years, before graduating in 2009 with a degree in Recreation Administration and Planning.
Vicory also has a MS in Sports Sciences from the University of Ohio. He is certified as a USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). He currently resides in Claremont.