|Coastal Carolina Chanticleers|
|Head coach||Jamey Chadwell |
1st season, 8-16 (.333)
|Field||James C. Benton Field|
|Location||Conway, South Carolina|
|NCAA division||Division I FBS|
|Conference||Sun Belt Conference|
|Past conferences||Big South|
|Playoff appearances||Div. I FCS: 6 (FCS)|
|Playoff record||Div. I FCS: 4-6 (FCS)|
|Conference titles||7 ( Big South), 0 (Sun Belt)|
|Colors||Teal, Bronze, and Black|
The Coastal Carolina Chanticleers football team represents Coastal Carolina University in college football at the NCAA Division I Football (B)owl Subdivision level. The Chanticleers are members of the Sun Belt Conference, fielding its teams at the FBS level since 2017. The Chanticleers play their home games at James C. Benton Field at Brooks Stadium in Conway, South Carolina.
It was announced in the late 1990s that CCU would establish a football squad in the coming years. The Coastal Carolina Chanticleers football program played its inaugural season in 2003 on campus at Brooks Stadium. The team's first coach was David Bennett, who held the position from the team's inception until December 9, 2011. The university named Joe Moglia, former CEO of TD Ameritrade, as its new head coach on December 20, 2011.
In the program's short history, the team has defeated such traditional Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) powers as James Madison University (ranked No. 1 at the time), Furman University, Wofford College, and the University of Montana. The program has won seven Big South Conference championships and has had several former players enter professional NFL careers.
In 2006, the Chanticleers made school history when the team received its first FCS playoff berth, also the first playoff berth for the Big South Conference, losing a first-round contest to Appalachian State. Appalachian State would go on to win the FCS national championship that season.
In 2010, Coastal went to the playoffs for the second time after winning the Big South Championship (a three-way tie with Liberty and Stony Brook) and received the Big South's first ever automatic playoff bid. The Chanticleers returned to the playoffs in 2012 and 2013.On November 9, 2014, Coastal was ranked as the No. 1 team in the nation, a first for the school and the Big South Conference.
On September 11, 2010, Coastal Carolina played a game against the Towson Tigers, the longest game in school history. Coastal Carolina went to Towson, Maryland, looking for their first win of the season after losing the previous week to West Virginia. Coastal Carolina fullback Racheed Gause scored a 10-yard touchdown with 12:36 in the fourth quarter bringing their lead to 21-7. Just a few minutes later Towson quarterback Chris Hart threw a 57-yard pass to Hakeem Moore who went out of bounds at the Coastal Carolina four-yard line. On third-and-goal at the two-yard line, Hart threw a two-yard touchdown pass to freshman tight end James Oboh, cutting the Tigers' deficit to 21-14 with 9:40 left in regulation.
On the next Coastal Carolina possession the Towson Tigers forced a punt taking possession at their own 30-yard line with 3:54 remaining. On fourth-and-four at the Coastal 39-yard line, Hart completed a short pass to sophomore Alex Blake at the 35-yard line. On the next play, Hart scrambled 12 yards to the Chanticleers' 20-yard line. Moments later, he ran to the two-yard line on an 18-yard scamper. With just 29 seconds left Hart completed a pass to Tom Ryan in the left corner of the end zone. Following a successful conversion by Nick Wallace the game was tied 21-21.
Towson took possession of the ball first, unable to move the ball they settled for a 34-yard field goal by Nick Wallace to take the lead at 24-21. On Coastal's first possession they were unable to convert on three straight passes, tying the game with a 42-yard field goal at 24-24.
The Chanticleers struck first with a scoring drive capped off by a one-yard run giving Coastal a 30-24 lead. The Tigers caught a break when Coastal missed their extra point try. Towson took control of the ball and scored on five straight carries by Tremayne Dameron. To win the Tigers just needed a successful extra point kick to win their first game of the season. The conversion attempt though hit the left upright and fell to the ground, leading to a tie of 30-30.
Towson received the ball and drove down the field. Towson scored on a third-and-one at the Coastal four-yard line with a run by Tremayne Dameron giving Towson the lead at 36-30. Overtime rules stipulate that both teams must try for two-point conversions after the second overtime. On the two-point conversion attempt Towson quarterback failed to connect with Hakeem Moore. Coastal received the ball and drove for a Touchdown, failing as well to convert the two-point attempt.
Both teams settled for field goals in the fourth overtime, with a 43-yard field goal by Coastal Carolina and a 27-yard field goal by the Towson Tigers. The score leading into the fifth overtime was 39-39.
Towson had possession of the ball first, on the first play of the fifth overtime quarterback Chris Hart threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Hakeem Moore giving the Tigers a 45-39 lead. On the two-point conversion attempt quarterback Hart ran to his left, dropped the ball, picked it upon the bounce and ran into the end zone giving Towson a 47-39 lead. Coastal received the ball on the 25-yard line and drove down the field. They found themselves facing a fourth down-and-one at the Towson six-yard line. The converted with a one-yard run to bring up a first-and goal at the Towson five-yard line. On the next play quarterback Zach Macdowall completed a five-yard touchdown pass to Eric O'Neal bringing the score to 47-45. On the two-point conversion attempt Towson safety Jordan Dangerfield tipped a pass intended for Jamie Childers securing the win for the Towson Tigers.
The Tigers and Chanticleers were just one overtime period away from tying the NCAA FCS record with a six-overtime contest.
The Chanticleers left the Big South Conference at the end of the 2015-16 school year and joined the Sun Belt Conference, initially as a non-football member. At that time, the football team began a two-year transition to the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS). The first season of the transition in 2016 was spent as an FCS independent; the Chanticleers officially joined Sun Belt football July 1, 2017, with full bowl eligibility following in 2018.
Jamey Chadwell was introduced as the program's third head coach on January 18, 2019. He was previously the team's interim head coach in 2017.
|2012-2016, 2018||Joe Moglia||56-22||.718|
|2017+, 2019-present||Jamey Chadwell||8-16||.333|
+ Interim head coach in 2017 due to medical sabbatical taken by Joe Moglia.
Coastal Carolina made six appearances in the I-AA/FCS playoffs before moving to the FBS in 2017, going 4-6.
|2006||First Round||Appalachian State||L 28-45|
|2010||First Round||Western Illinois||L 10-17|
North Dakota State
North Dakota State
|2015||First Round||The Citadel||L 38-41|
Coastal Carolina has won seven conference championships, winning two of them outright and five shared.
|Season||Conference||Coach||Overall Record||Conference Record|
|2004||Big South Conference||David Bennett||10-1||4-0|
|2005+||Big South Conference||David Bennett||9-2||3-1|
|2006||Big South Conference||David Bennett||9-3||4-0|
|2010+||Big South Conference||David Bennett||6-6||5-1|
|2012+||Big South Conference||Joe Moglia||8-5||5-1|
|2013+||Big South Conference||Joe Moglia||12-3||4-1|
|2014+||Big South Conference||Joe Moglia||12-2||4-1|
Announced schedules as of August 16, 2019.
|at South Carolina||The Citadel||Army||Liberty||at Liberty||Army||at Army|
|at Eastern Michigan||at Kansas||Buffalo||at UCLA|
|Duquesne||at Buffalo||at Army|