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  • Ian Livingston Brooking

Moglia steps downs as head coach, Chadwell to take over

On Friday, Jan. 18, Coastal Carolina football head coach Joe Moglia stepped down as the head coach of the program. Current offensive coordinator Jamey Chadwell will be the new head coach of the Chanticleer football team.

“To my players and staff, family and friends, and all of you who have been part of Coastal Carolina football, I can't thank you enough for all the love, support and dedication that you have given to me, my family and the Coastal Carolina football family over the last seven years,” Moglia said in a statement to GoCCUSports.

While Moglia is stepping down as the head coach, he will still be a part of the program as the Chairman of Athletics. Moglia will hold that position until his contract ends in June 2021 as part of a succession plan created by Moglia, Coastal Carolina University President Dr. David DeCenzo and Director of Athletics Matt Hogue.

“I am still very much a part of our university and of our football program,” said Moglia. “I don’t have the authority that the head football coach has and I do not run the football program. However, I am still responsible for it and will be close with the players and staff.”

In a statement released by Coastal Carolina Athletics, President DeCenzo gave his thoughts on the decision by Coach Moglia to step down after seven years as the head coach.

“Joe is one of those individuals who bring such great talent and success to everything he's touched,” said DeCenzo. “He's taken us to a level that years ago was simply a dream. He leaves the coaching ranks with all the well-deserved accolades; and leaves a Coastal football legacy that is poised for even better accomplishments.”

While saddened by the news that Coach Moglia was stepping down, new head football coach Jamey Chadwell expressed his excitement ahead of the 2019 season.

“In the two years that I have been here, to be able to learn from someone like Joe Moglia is something you cannot put a price tag on,” said Chadwell. “I am thankful to be a part of his life.”

Prior to Coastal Carolina, Chadwell was the head coach of Charleston Southern from 2013 to 2016. Chadwell went 35-14 in those four seasons and was named the Big South Coach of the Year in the 2013, 2015 and 2016 seasons.

Chadwell was hired to be the offensive coordinator at Coastal Carolina University back in January of 2017 but his role in the program quickly changed when in July of that same year Chadwell was named the interim head coach for the 2017 season after Moglia went on a medical sabbatical.

Chadwell went 3-9 that season and 2-6 in Sun Belt Conference play.

Chadwell takes over a program that is still in the midst of a transition from FCS to FBS. However, Moglia has assured fans that the future is bright and that Chadwell is the right man for the job.

“In the 2019 season, we'll still be young, but far more experienced,” said Moglia. “We will be much closer to 80 scholarships, and our staff has experience working together as a whole. We all believe that the future is bright for Coastal Carolina football. We also have tremendous confidence in Coach Chadwell as well as the rest of the staff.”

The Chanticleers finished the 2018 season on a four-game losing streak, going 5-7 and 2-6 in Sun Belt play and coming up one game shy of obtaining bowl eligibility. During that four-game losing streak, the Chanticleer offense only averaged 17 points a game – the second-worst in the Sun Belt Conference.

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