Coastal Carolina Chanticleers
|Coastal Carolina University Chanticleers|
|University||Coastal Carolina University|
|Conference||Big South Conference|
|Athletic director||Matt Hogue|
|Football stadium||Brooks Stadium|
|Basketball arena||HTC Center|
|Baseball stadium||Charles Watson Stadium|
|Fight song||CCU Fight Song|
The Coastal Carolina Chanticleers are the athletic teams that represent Coastal Carolina University. They participate in Division I of the NCAA and are a charter member of the Big South Conference. Coastal fields varsity teams in 17 sports, 8 for men and 9 for women. The football team competes in the Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), formerly I-AA. The University regularly competes for the Sasser Cup which is the Big South's trophy for the university which has the best sports program among the member institutions. Coastal has won the Sasser Cup nine times, just ahead of rival Liberty University, which has won it eight times.
Until the mid-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 (pronounced SHON-ti-clear), the proud, witty rooster made famous in "The Nun's Priest's Tale" of Chaucer's 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.
Coastal Carolina competes in the NCAA in the following sports:
Coastal's athletic facilities include:
- Brooks Stadium - football stadium located on-campus which seats nearly 10,000. It was designed to be expandable to seat nearly 20,000. The Adkins Fieldhouse is also part of the stadium.
- Charles Watson Stadium/Vrooman Field - Home of the Chanticleer baseball program. The stadium underwent cosmetic renovations in 2005 and an expansion project is planned for the near future.
- HTC Center - Opened in 2012, replacing Kimbel Arena as the home of Coastal's programs in men's and women's basketball and volleyball.
- Quail Creek Golf Course at Coastal Carolina University
- Billy Nichols Tennis Center/Joseph Holliday Courts - Home of the men's and women's tennis programs. An upgrade is to be complete in November 2014.
- CCU Soccer Field - Home of the men's and women's soccer programs.
- CCU Softball Field - Home of the Chanticleer softball program.
- Track and Field Facility - Home of the men's and women's track and field programs.
In addition, the Williams-Brice Center, which sits adjacent to Kimbel Arena, offers an indoor pool and various other fitness and recreation options for students.
On April 26, 2011, athletic director Hunter Yurachek said the 127,685-square-foot (11,862.3 m2) Student Recreation and Convocation Center would not be ready for the start of the 2011-12 basketball season. The facility will seat between 3,200 and 3,300 fans and will provide facilities for basketball and volleyball, in addition to the bookstore and over 50,000 square feet (4,600 m2) of recreation space. A skylight will help reduce energy costs. The "substantial completion" deadline of December 3, 2011 was extended 23 days, but still not met. April 10, 2012 was the new expected date. On August 2, 2012, the university and Horry Telephone Cooperative announced a 20-year naming rights deal. The facility would be called The HTC Center. Work was completed in August 2012.
In January 2012, the school announced renovation plans for the baseball and softball facilities. The renovations would increase the seating capacity for both stadiums and will provide first class amenities for both the players and the fans. The $11.2 million project is to be finished by Summer 2015; the softball complex was ready in February 2014 and the baseball complex work was to start in December 2014.
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 a James Madison University (ranked #1 at the time), Furman University and Wofford College. The program has won six Big South Conference championships, in 2004, 2005 (co-champions), 2006, 2010 (co-champions), 2012 (co-champions), 2013 (co-champions), and 2014 (co-champions).
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.
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. This is the first time in school history Coastal has made back-to-back appearances in the tournament.
The men's basketball program maintains an intense rivalry with Winthrop University.
NCAA Tournament Appearances
|NCAA Tournament Results|
|1991 Southeast Region - Louisville, KY
Lost to #2 seed Indiana, 79-69
|1993 West Region - Tucson, AZ
|2014 East Region - Raleigh, NC
Lost to #1 seed Virginia, 70-59
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)
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.
NCAA Tournament Appearances
|1992||South Carolina||W, 2-0 (2 OT)|
|Davidson||T, 0-0 (lost 5-6 in PK's)|
|1995||South Carolina||L, 3-1|
|2001||Seton Hall||L, 2-1|
|2002||South Carolina||W, 2-1 (2 OT)|
|Clemson||T, 1-1 (lost, 4-5 in PK's)|
|North Carolina||W, 3-0|
|Santa Clara||L, 3-2 (OT)|
|North Carolina||L, 3-2|
Big South Conference Tournament Championships
- 1986, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1995, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2010, 2014
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.
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.
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."
Big South Championships
Coastal Carolina has won a total of 104 Big South Conference championships:
- Football (7) -- 2004, 2005, 2006, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014
- Men's soccer (11) -- 1986, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1995, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2010, 2013, 2014
- Volleyball (4) -- 1996, 1998, 2009, 2014
- 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 (4) -- 1988, 1989, 1993, 1994
- 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 (14) -- 1986, 1989, 1991, 1992, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
- Softball (6) -- 1992, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2006, 2012
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