Story courtesy of Coastal Carolina Athletics
CONWAY – The Coastal Carolina football team held a two-hour workout Saturday morning, the first of 29 practices in preparation for its 2017 season opener versus UMass on Sept. 2 at Brooks Stadium.
Interim head coach Jamey Chadwell led the session, although the players said there was no difference than previous practices under Joe Moglia, who announced he would take a five-month medical sabbatical on July 28.
"Our mission and the way we do things will not be different," said senior linebacker Shane Johnson. "It was heartbreaking to hear the news from Coach Moglia, but we understand his decision. However, in the past, the assistant coaches have run the film sessions and practices, so there really was not that much difference today."
Senior running back Osharmar Abercrombie added, "Since I've been here, he's been giving us everything and making all kinds of sacrifices for us. So we want to make sure we give everything back to him."
Chadwell was named associate head coach this past January. He was 35-14 in his four years as head coach at Charleston Southern prior to coming to CCU and has an overall head coaching record of 60-36 over eight seasons with stints at North Greenville (2009-11) and Delta State (2012).
"I think there is still a little bit of a shock and surprise from what happened last night, which was to expected," Chadwell said. "The thing we were worried about as a staff was what their attitude would be, and it looks like business as usual and that's what coach Moglia told them he wanted it to be."
In addition to his interim head coaching role, Chadwell serves as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.
The signal caller position will be a heated battle all through the preseason as eight quarterbacks are in camp including, Josh Stilley (stated first three games of 2016 before suffering season-ending injury), Tyler Keane (6-1 as starter in 2016), Austin Bradley (played in seven games in 2017) and Austin Wilson (graduate transfer from Syracuse).