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When Hurricane Irma looked as if it would be a direct hit to Myrtle Beach, the athletics department at Coastal Carolina University scrambled to work out a new schedule for the teams coming to Conway and those traveling to away games.
Coastal Carolina women’s soccer was supposed to play Jacksonville University at home on Friday, Sept. 8, but due to safety concerns for Jacksonville, the team could not make the trip to Conway.
The Coastal men’s soccer team was supposed to play a home game on Saturday, Sept. 9 against former Big South Rival, but instead, Radford invited the Chanticleers to come to their field in order to avoid postponing or canceling the game.
One of the biggest concerns that the University and the athletic program faced was the chance that teams who traveled away to play could not return to campus if it was closed.
Coastal Carolina University President David DeCenzo elaborated on that topic a bit more.
“If we had teams that would have to travel midweek or late-week, and the areas where they were going were safe and we here at Coastal were closed, it would have been safe to take those student athletes to those locations,” said DeCenzo. “They would be in a hotel anyway and they would work with people in the area where they were staying to coordinate practices. And then when the time is right and we get the all clear, we would have brought those student athletes a time when it was safe to do so.”
The football team was supposed to leave late Saturday evening for Birmingham, Alabama, and practice in Alabama had Hurricane Irma not shifted west.
There were several other athletic events that were canceled.
A Coastal Carolina Classic that featured Coastal Carolina volleyball was canceled and the team was able to travel to play American University and Florida Atlantic at UNC-Greensboro.
The Fleet Feet Invitational for Coastal Carolina Cross Country was canceled, as was the men’s tennis team’s participation in a tournament in Wilmington, North Carolina.
The Department of Athletics hosted their Hurricane Harvey relief supplies drive this past Saturday, Sept. 16 after Irma canceled the event on its original date of Sept. 9.