• By Jacob Bashura

Football coach Jamey Chadwell wins Coach of the Year award

Following the 2020-21 football season, Coastal Carolina University’s head coach, Jamey Chadwell was honored with several awards for his outstanding leadership and breakout season with the Chanticleers.

These prestigious awards include the FCA Grant Teaff coach of the year title, the Home Depot College Football Coach of the Year, the Sporting News’ Coach of the Year, the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year, CBS Sports/247Sports Coach of the Year, the Paul "Bear" Bryant Group of 5 Conference Coach of the Year, and perhaps most notably, the AP Coach of the Year.

The Chanticleers finished with the best record in school history at 11-1, going 8-0 in conference. The team ended the season ranked No. 14 in the country.

Chanticleer quarterback, Grayson McCall had high praise for his award-winning coach.

“He definitely deserves it, he’s worked really hard,” said McCall. “He’s been a great leader for us.”

The offensive leader also described one of the key coaching tactics Chadwell used throughout last season. This strategy was establishing a “word of the day” that was used to drive the effort and mindset throughout each practice.

“It’s just little stuff like that and focusing on the small details that he does a really good job with,” said McCall.

Chadwell described his awards as team accomplishments, recognizing his team for their hard work and dedication to get better every day.

“Well, all of those [awards] were team accomplishments,” said Chadwell. “Any time you get those, it recognizes your staff and your team. Those are all very important to me as a recognition of our team and our coaches and the season they had.”

With the best season in school records behind them, Chadwell and his Chanticleers will continue to improve as they look forward to what is ahead.

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