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By Emory Hunt
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The Sun Belt Conference’s new member, the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers, have made a huge splash in their FBS debut season.

The Sun Belt Conference’s new member, the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers, have made a huge splash in their FBS debut season.  The teal and black are coming off an impressive 38-28 victory against UMass 2 weeks ago.  That score and victory probably surprised many across the nation, but not those in Conway, SC as they expect to win.

Chanticleer Head Coach Joe Moglia is no stranger to success and sustained success.  Earlier in his coaching career, he was able to win 2 Ivy League championships as defensive coordinator at Dartmouth and hasn’t had a losing season since returning to the coaching ranks in 2012 at Coastal.  Oh, by the way, in between being a successful football coach, he was also a highly successful CEO at TD/Ameritrade and executive at Merrill Lynch.  That’s a heck of a successful streak; one that Coach Moglia understands couldn’t be done alone.  Moglia knows the saying ‘teamwork makes the dream work’ is so true and has done a great job of always assembling the right talent around him to be successful.

It’s a simple concept: Success In, Success Out.

When you take a peek at the Chanticleers coaching staff, you see a lot of success sprinkled up and down the list. Defensive Coordinator Mikey Matthews was a 2004 National Championship Head Coach at James Madison and spent the last two seasons prior to joining the staff as a TV analyst for ESPN.  Matthews was brought in to turn around a defense that gave up as many points as the offense scored.  In his two seasons, the Chanticleers have improved across the board and do a much better job of taking the ball away, scoring 7 defensive touchdowns in 2016. 

With all of the added possessions afforded by an attacking style defense, Moglia wanted to ensure his team would be able to close out games in the 4th quarter.  This past offseason he was able to bring in Jamey Chadwell as the Offensive Coordinator and Associate Head Coach.  Chadwell was a highly successful head coach at nearby Charleston Southern after being named Big South Conference Coach of the Year three times and a 2-time finalist for FCS National Coach of the Year after leading the Bucs to their first ever FCS playoff appearance and Big South Conference title.  Chadwell’s Bucs were known for their ability to dominate the line of scrimmage with their ground game, beating teams into submission in the process.  His offenses were amongst the nation’s best in rushing and scoring offense. 

The old saying goes “inspect what you expect”, and when you add successful head coaches to your staff to essentially be the ‘head coach’ of one side of the ball, where they specialize and have had a track record of success, then it shouldn’t be a surprise when you see the Chanticleers on the winning side of the scoreboard on Saturday.

Moglia isn’t just a businessman; he’s a business, man!

Emory Hunt - Emory Hunt, "The Czar of the Playbook", is a former UL Ragin' Cajun running back nw covering the Sun Belt for Southern Pigskin. His other work can be found at Twitter: @FBallGameplan