CONWAY Mike Gallagher has left the Coastal Carolina football program after serving one season in the roles of assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the Chanticleers.
Gallagher was one of the first hires new head coach Joe Moglia made to his staff last winter and he had also worked under Moglia previously with the United Football League’s Omaha Nighthawks. Speaking by phone Monday evening, Moglia said Gallagher -- who also coached the team’s specialists -- had resigned and is hoping to pursue a different position at another program.
“One of the things when Mike and I had a discussion the latter part of the season, he really does have his heart in coaching a specific position and I anticipate all the [other] coaches are going to be back,” Moglia said. “[He wants to] be a position coach as opposed to just [working with] the specialists, and I’m not going to have a position job open for him. So he thought potentially the best thing to do was resign, be aggressive -- we had a great season and I will not hesitate to recommend him -- and go out there and try to get a job where he’s coaching a position.”
Gallagher, who also previously coached at Delaware State, did not respond to a voicemail or text message left to his cell phone Monday. When further asked about the nature of the split, Moglia responded affirmatively that the parting was amicable.
Moglia said the move was not reflective of the program’s recruiting efforts.
“No, I’m pleased with the way the recruiting was going. He wants to coach a position,” Moglia said.
The Chants went 8-5 this fall in Moglia’s first season, earning the program’s first NCAA FCS playoffs victory -- on the road at Bethune-Cookman -- before losing to Old Dominion in the second round.
Moglia and his staff had a shortened recruiting window last season after he was hired in late December, but with a full focus since last offseason toward the 2013 recruiting class, he does not believe this staff change will affect the team’s efforts in advance of National Signing Day in February.
“It’s not going to affect us at all,” Moglia said. “Remember, we began recruiting for this class last February. It was a very easy transition between Mike and the rest of the staff in terms of the guys he was recruiting and the organization behind it. The entire program and everything we do has a system of checks and balances, so we know what we need to do. And other people who were Mike’s backups can step in and handle the responsibilities we need to.”
Moglia said he will make an addition to his coaching staff to replace Gallagher, but there’s no hurry to do so, and its unclear if the new hire would assume the recruiting coordinator title.
“That all is going to depend. We’ve got the opportunity now to look at an array of coaches,” Moglia said. “Right now, the No. 1 priority is to focus on the recruits. ... We will ultimately replace Mike -- [but we’re] not just blindly looking for a recruiting coordinator. I’d be more interested in looking for the right coach and then we can adjust and adapt responsibilities.”
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