CONWAY, SC (WMBF) - Coastal Carolina University's football coach is speaking out about hiring former Conway High School football coach Chuck Jordan.
CCU Coach Joe Moglia said the team is working on building relationships with high school coaches in the area, and bringing in a local coach with over 30 years of experience will help with those efforts.
Chuck Jordan started as Conway's head football coach in 1983. During those 34 years he also served as athletic director and math teacher for the school.
In Jordan's three decades at CHS, the football team was state runners-up four times and won 11 regional championships.
"He's been a high school coach for 38 years, and he's been at Conway for the last 34 years. He's well known, he's well respected. It doesn't mean 100 percent of the people love him, but he's well respected. I think for us to have someone like that who knows what South Carolina/North Carolina 300 mile radius is like, I think that's a good thing for us," said Moglia.
Jordan's time at CHS ended when he was placed on administrative leave following assault charges.
In May 2017, Jordan was involved in a physical incident at the school involving a student. The student was also charged, however, both charges were dropped three months later.
Jordan remained on administrative leave throughout last year's football season, after which his contract wasn't renewed by the school system.
"I wouldn't have asked him to come here if I didn't think he was a good man," Moglia said.
He added his staff looked into the incident before hiring the former CHS coach.
"I read everything I could possible read, I spent a lot of time talking to people and I talked to Chuck as well. He gave me every detail from the beginning to the end," Moglia said. "At the end of the day I was looking for is there any prejudice here because I don't want any of that in my program."
Moglia said for the past few months, Jordan has been working with the team, officially joining as an analyst last month.
In his new role, Jordan will help with high school coaches, assist with summer camps and help with the walk-on program.
"After a 38-year body of work and all the things that came along with that, I believe he's a good man, I don't believe he's prejudice and we wanted him to be part of the program. So we looked into that pretty carefully but feel good about the decision we made asking him to join us," Moglia said.