CONWAY – Some big facilities at Coastal Carolina University are coming thanks to a large donation from a prominent figure at the school.
On Sept. 7, former CCU head football coach Joe Moglia, who is also currently the chair of athletics, executive director for football and executive advisor for the president, gave a donation to the school to help build athletic facilities.
The donation will enable the school to begin design work on a football indoor practice facility, expanded football facilities, and a proposed south endzone project. His gift will also complete the funding for a new stadium for the men’s and women’s soccer programs.
The amount of the donation has not been disclosed.
“Coach Moglia is grateful for the opportunities he has received at Coastal Carolina University; and he respectfully asks that the focus of his support be on the impact it will have on Chanticleer Athletics,” CCU assistant athletic director for media relations Kevin Davis said in a text to The Post and Courier Myrtle Beach when asked how big the donation was.
“This is a significant step forward for our athletics program at Coastal Carolina University and indicative of Coach Moglia’s commitment to our student-athletes and our institution,” said CCU president Michael T. Benson. “We truly appreciate Joe’s past, present, and future leadership at Coastal Carolina University and his advocacy of our students. In recognition of his continued support, the soon-to-be-designed academic and athletic facility will be named The Joe Moglia Center.”
On May 6, the university’s Board of Trustees voted to transfer the plot of land on the corner of S.C. 544 and University Boulevard across from Brooks Stadium for a proposed football indoor practice facility. The facility will cost $15 million.
“Coach Moglia loves Coastal Carolina University, and this commitment shows how much he values and supports all of our student-athletes,” CCU head football coach Jamey Chadwell said. “These new facilities will allow us to not only continue to build our program and help us continue to compete for championships, but also be an asset for all of our athletic programs at Coastal.”
CCU chief financial officer David Frost announced during the school’s Planning and Facilities Committee meeting on Aug. 6 that the university was moving forward with building a $5 million soccer complex for its men’s and women’s soccer teams.
All the requisite state approvals have been secured and design work and construction will begin immediately with an anticipated completion date in time for the 2023 season. The new soccer venue will be located on CCU’s East Campus, where it will join the existing Delan and Lynn Stevens Tennis Complex and the Beach Volleyball Complex.
With future plans for relocating the track and field facility to that area as well, the location will become a full complex for serving the University’s Olympic sports.
“Joe’s gift sends a clear message to our female student-athletes that an investment in women is an investment in the future,” CCU women’s soccer head coach Paul Hogan said. “…A leader like Joe is truly invaluable to not only this athletic department but also this university.”
“I am incredibly humbled by and grateful for this gift from Joe,” CCU men’s soccer head coach Shaun Docking said. “This will make a large impact on the lives of so many of our student-athletes and alumni within both of our soccer programs. In my opinion, Joe has single-handedly been the best thing that has happened to Coastal Carolina University and the Grand Strand community in the past 10 years.”
Moglia, the former chairman and CEO of TD Ameritrade, has received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, the Sharp Trophy for Leadership, and has been honored by the National Italian American Foundation, the Columbus Citizens Foundation, the Irish Arts Center, the American Institute for Stuttering and the Stuttering Association for the Young.
He has been inducted into eight Halls of Fame, including at his alma mater, Fordham University, is a member of the National Economics Honor Society, and is the recipient of three honorary doctorates.
In his first five years as CCU’s head coach, Moglia led the Chanticleers to the FCS national playoffs all five years and to conference championships in four of the five seasons. Coastal rose to an FCS No. 1 ranking in both the 2014 and 2015 seasons – a first in program history.
Moglia posted a 56-22 overall record at CCU, and was a recipient of the Eddie Robinson National Coach of the Year Award and the Vince Lombardi Award, and was inducted into the Lombardi Hall of Fame.
Moglia stepped down from his role as head coach in 2017 due to medical leave, with Jamey Chadwell being named interim head coach, and then returned in 2018 to coach the Chants for one last season.
“In 2012, (former) President David DeCenzo offered me the opportunity to be the head football coach at Coastal Carolina, when no other athletic director or university president in this country was willing to give me a chance,” Moglia said. “Under the leadership of Coach Jamey Chadwell and President Michael Benson, I couldn’t be more excited about the future of our football program and the incredible prospects for our entire university. I’m very proud to be a small part of it.”
Kansas vs. No. 17 Coastal Carolina
When: Sept. 10, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Brooks Stadium, Conway
Line: Coastal Carolina by 25½