MYRTLE BEACH, SC - Coastal Carolina University football coach Joe Moglia has stepped down. Assistant coach Jamey Chadwell takes over.

Moglia announced his decision at a press conference on Saturday. In a statement, Moglia said, "I have decided to step down as the head coach of the football program and, as part of the succession plan that I, President David A. DeCenzo and Director of Athletics Matt Hogue believe is best for the program, to turn that responsibility over to Jamey Chadwell. Let me explain why.

"While we were all disappointed in the latter part of last season, we still exceeded the expectations of what anyone predicted in the preseason. Our 2018 team was one of the youngest in the nation, we had a significant scholarship deficit to our competition, and we had six new coaches working together for the first time. In the 2019 season,

"we'll still be young, but far more experienced. 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. By the time the 2021 season rolls around, we will have recruited five years of FBS talent and we will and should be expected to be very competitive week in and week out."

Moglia was a five-time National Coach of the Year finalist during his 25 years on the sidelines. He was named the FCS Eddie Robinson National Coach of the Year in 2015. He began his career as a coach for 16 years, moved to the business world for over 20, and back to coaching in 2009.

During his six seasons at CCU, Moglia was 56-22.

"I was saddened when Coach Moglia informed me that he was going to step down as our head coach," Chadwell said. "He is an incredible mentor to not only me but also for all of the young men in our football program, past and present, and has helped develop countless student-athletes that have gone on to great success in life after football. I want to thank Coach Moglia, Dr. DeCenzo and Matt [Hogue] for this great opportunity and their support in me as the next head coach of the Coastal Carolina football program. I am excited to build on the great foundation that Coach Moglia has put in place here as we continue to move forward in becoming one of the best programs in the Sun Belt."

The Chanticleers finished last season with a 5-7 record, which includes a four-game losing streak to end the season.