Coastal Carolina Chanticleers

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Coastal Carolina Chanticleers
University Coastal Carolina University
Conference Sun Belt Conference
NCAA Division I
Athletic director Matt Hogue
Location Conway, South Carolina
Varsity teams 20
Football stadium Brooks Stadium
Basketball arena HTC Center
Baseball stadium Springs Brooks Stadium
Mascot Chauncey
Nickname Chanticleers (Chants)
Fight song CCU Fight Song
Colors Teal, Bronze, and Black[1]
Coastal Carolina Chanticleers wordmark.svg

The Coastal Carolina Chanticleers (/ˈʃɒntklɪər/, SHON-ti-klirr[2]) are the athletic teams that represent Coastal Carolina University. They participate in Division I of the NCAA as a member of the Sun Belt Conference in most sports, having joined that conference as a full but non-football member on July 1, 2016. The football team is currently transitioning from the second-level Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) to the top-level Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS). The team is playing the 2016 season as an FCS independent before joining Sun Belt football in 2017.[3] Prior to joining the Sun Belt, the Chanticleers had been members of the Big South Conference since that league's formation in 1983. Coastal fields varsity teams in 20 sports, 9 for men and 11 for women. The University regularly competed for the Sasser Cup, the Big South's trophy for the university with the best sports program among the member institutions, winning the trophy nine times, tied with rival Liberty University.

Until the early 1960s Coastal's teams were known as the Trojans. Upon its affiliation with the University of South Carolina, the push was made for a mascot more in line with the parent's mascot (the Gamecock); the ultimate choice was the Chanticleer, the proud, witty rooster made famous in "The Nun's Priest's Tale" of Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales (the mascot itself would be named Chauncey). When Coastal became an independent university in 1993, despite some calls for "a complete split from USC" (i.e., change the mascot), the Chanticleer remained the school's mascot.[4] Coastal has developed in-state rivalries with Charleston Southern, Clemson, College of Charleston, Furman, Presbyterian, South Carolina, South Carolina State, The Citadel, USC Upstate, Winthrop, and Wofford. Their fiercest in-state rivals are Charleston Southern, College of Charleston, and Winthrop.

Sports teams[edit]

A member of the Sun Belt Conference, Coastal Carolina competes in eight men's and eleven women's NCAA sanctioned sports' [5]

Men's Intercollegiate Sports Team Article Head Coach Women's Intercollegiate Sports Team Article Head Coach
Baseball Chanticleers baseball Gary Gilmore Basketball Chanticleers women's basketball Jaida Williams
Basketball Chanticleers men's basketball Cliff Ellis Beach volleyball [v 1] Justin Stack
Cross Country Jeff Jacobs Cross Country Jeff Jacobs
Football Chanticleers football Joe Moglia Golf Katie Quinney
Golf Chad Wilson (Interim) Lacrosse [v 1] Kristen Selvage
Soccer Chanticleers men's soccer Shaun Docking Soccer Paul Hogan
Tennis Chris Powers Softball Kelley Green
Track & Field (Outdoor only) Jeff Jacobs Tennis Catherine Hewitt
Track & Field (Indoor & Outdoor) Jeff Jacobs
Volleyball Jozsef Forman
  1. ^ a b The beach volleyball and lacrosse teams compete as Associate members of the Atlantic Sun Conference (ASUN).


Coastal's athletic facilities, known as TD Sports Complex, include:

  • Brooks Stadium – football stadium located on-campus which seats nearly 10,000. It was designed to be expandable to seat nearly 20,000. Expansion on Brooks Stadium started after the 2015 season. The Adkins Fieldhouse is also part of the stadium.
  • Springs Brooks Stadium/Vrooman Field – Home of the Chanticleer baseball program.
  • HTC Center – Opened in 2012, replacing Kimbel Arena as the home of Coastal's programs in men's and women's basketball and indoor volleyball.
  • Quail Creek Golf Course at Coastal Carolina University[6]
  • Billy Nichols Tennis Center/Joseph Holliday Courts – Home of the men's and women's tennis programs.[7]
  • CCU Soccer Field – Home of the men's and women's soccer programs.[8]
  • CCU Softball Field – Home of the Chanticleer softball program.[9]
  • Track and Field Facility – Home of the men's and women's track and field programs.[10]

In 2013, TD Bank gave CCU a $5 million gift. In September 2014, CCU officially renamed all its sports facilities TD Sports Complex.[11]


Coastal Carolina's football program played its inaugural season in 2003. The team is coached by Joe Moglia, who took over after the 2011 season. In the program's short history, wins have already been recorded over traditional Football Championship Subdivision powers such as James Madison University (ranked #1 at the time), Furman University and Wofford College. The program has won seven Big South Conference championships, in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2010, 2012, 2013, and 2014.


Coastal Carolina's baseball program has been the university's most consistent program in terms of success. The program has received #1 regional seeds on four occasions (2005, 2007, 2008, 2010) and won 50+ games in 2005, 2007, 2008, and 2010. In addition, the Chanticleers have hosted NCAA Regionals in 2007, 2008, and 2010 and a Super Regional in 2010. In 2016, the Chanticleers defeated the Arizona Wildcats two games to one in the best of three national championship series to win the first ever national title in school history. It was also the first national title ever won by a Big South Conference member in a team sport, and came the day before Coastal joined the Sun Belt.

Men's basketball[edit]

The Coastal Carolina men's basketball program is coached by Cliff Ellis, who has also served as head coach at Clemson University and Auburn University. The program achieved the majority of its success during the early 1990s, reaching the NCAA Tournament in 1991 and 1993. The 2009–10 CCU Basketball team set a school record for most wins in a season while finishing with a record of 28 wins and 6 loses. After losing to Winthrop at home in the conference championship game, the team suffered a 65–49 loss at UAB in the first round of the 2010 NIT. The 2010–11 CCU Basketball team would also finish with a 28–6 record, at one time winning 22 consecutive games. The team lost to UNC-Ashville in the conference championship game 60–47. Coastal went on to lose to Alabama in the first round of the 2011 NIT. Coastal returned to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 21 years in 2014, after defeating rival Winthrop in the championship game of the Big South Tournament, but losing to first-seed Virginia in their only game of the tournament. In 2015, Coastal Carolina again returned to the NCAA tournament after beating Winthrop, for the second year in a row, in the Big South Conference championship game 70–81.[12] This is the first time in school history Coastal has made back-to-back appearances in the tournament.

NCAA Tournament Appearances

NCAA Tournament Results
1991 Southeast RegionLouisville, KY

Lost to #2 seed Indiana, 79-69

1993 West RegionTucson, AZ

Lost to #1 seed Michigan, 84-53
(Michigan later vacated the victory)

2014 East RegionRaleigh, NC

Lost to #1 seed Virginia, 70-59

2015 West RegionOmaha, NE

Lost to #1 seed Wisconsin, 86-72

Big South Conference Tournament Champions

  • 1990, 1991, 1993, 2014, 2015

Big South Conference Regular Season Champions

  • 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, 2010, 2011, 2014 (South Division)

Men's soccer[edit]

The Coastal Carolina men's soccer program is coached by Shaun Docking. The Chanticleers have reached the NCAA Tournament on seven occasions and are nine-time Big South Conference Tournament Champions. A number of the program's former players have moved on to play professionally such as Joseph Ngwenya, Kheli Dube, Mubarike Chisoni, Jordan Hughes, Tyler Hughes, Boyzzz Khumalo and Stu Riddle, among others.

Men's golf[edit]

The Coastal Carolina's men's golf program is led by head coach Allen Terrell. The men's golf team has emerged as one the NCAA's elite programs as of late. The 2004–05 team broke onto the national scene by finishing the regular season ranked sixth in the NCAA's South region. Coastal would go on to finish eighth at the NCAA East Regionals that season and moved on to the NCAA Championship where the team finished 20th.[citation needed]

The program has continued to build on its success in recent years. In 2005–06, the Chanticleers finished 16th at the NCAA Championships, and finished the 2006–07 season ranked seventh in the nation and finished fifth at the NCAA Championships. The 2007–08 team struggled with the loss of All-American Dustin Johnson, finishing 22nd in the NCAA East Regional. Johnson would finish his collegiate career as a three-time All-American, and has since moved onto the PGA Tour and won his first major championship in 2016.[citation needed]

Another member of the current Chanticleers team, red-shirt sophomore Patrick Mallea, was noted by the Hillsborough Times as being one of the most influential players to ever be a member of the program, due to his numerous amounts of awards for sportsmanship. Head coach Allen Terrell stated, "Mallea is a key member to our program. Without him, we wouldn't come across as being such a classy program."[citation needed]


NCAA team championships[edit]

As of April 4, 2016, Coastal Carolina has 1 NCAA team national championship.[13]

Conference Championships[edit]

Coastal Carolina has won a total of 107 Conference championships.
Big South Conference 1983–2016
Sun Belt Conference 2016–Present

  • Football (7) – 2004, 2005, 2006, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014
  • Men's soccer (13) – 1986, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1995, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2016
  • Volleyball (5) – 1996, 1998, 2009, 2014, 2015
  • Men's cross country (3) – 1993, 1995, 1996
  • Women's cross country (13) – 1988, 1989, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2013
  • Men's basketball (4) – 1990, 1991, 1993, 2014, 2015
  • Women's indoor track & field (7) – 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2013, 2014
  • Men's golf (14) – 1988, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013
  • Women's golf (4) – 1992, 1998, 2005, 2009
  • Men's tennis (5) – 1988, 1989, 1993, 1994, 2016
  • Women's tennis (2) – 2001, 2007
  • Men's outdoor track & field (2) – 2003, 2006
  • Women's outdoor track & field (5) – 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2012
  • Baseball (15) – 1986, 1989, 1991, 1992, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2016
  • Softball (6) – 1992, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2006, 2012


  1. ^ "Coastal Carolina University Graphic Standards" (PDF). Retrieved 2016-03-31. 
  2. ^ Lookups for "chanticleer" spike after the CCU Chanticleers become the 2016 College World Series Champions
  3. ^ Associated Press (2015-09-01). "Coastal Carolina joining Sun Belt". Retrieved 2015-09-03. 
  4. ^ "About CCU: The Chanticleer". Coastal Carolina University. Retrieved July 2, 2016. 
  5. ^ "". CBS Interactive. Retrieved 26 November 2016. 
  6. ^
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on October 19, 2012. Retrieved August 29, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Coastal Carolina Official Athletic Site – Facilities". Retrieved 2016-04-01. 
  9. ^ "Coastal Carolina Official Athletic Site – Facilities". Retrieved 2016-04-01. 
  10. ^ "Coastal Carolina Official Athletic Site – Facilities". Retrieved 2016-04-01. 
  11. ^ Perry, Charles D. (2014-09-11). "Coastal Carolina University dedicating sports complex after $5 million gift". The Sun News. 
  12. ^ "NCAA gamecast – Winthrop vs Coastal Carolina". Retrieved March 8, 2015. 
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