Former Conway High coach Chuck Jordan is back in football, and Coastal Carolina has a new football staff member.
CCU head football coach Joe Moglia has hired Jordan as the program’s Analyst for High School Relations. Jordan joins the Chanticleers following a 34-year career at Conway High where he served as athletic director, head football coach and math teacher.
In his new role, Jordan, 61, will act as the team’s liaison with high school coaches, assist with the program’s summer camps, and help with the walk-on program. As a member of the football staff but not coaching staff, Jordan said he can’t directly contact high school players off campus but he can connect with high school coaches.
“Being at Coastal and being in Conway and still around football it’s a really good fit for me,” said Jordan, who plans to take part in practices, including CCU’s season-opening practice Friday afternoon. “I wasn’t interested in being back in it 24/7 and that was one of the things that appealed to me. There may be a time I want to do that again, but not yet.”
Jordan’s tenure at Conway concluded at the end of November following an arrest for an on-campus physical altercation in late May with a 17-year-old student.
Jordan was placed on administrative leave for the 2017 football season, and though criminal charges were later dropped, Jordan’s career at Conway ended when his contract with Horry County Schools was not renewed.
Jordan amassed 283 wins at Conway, which is eighth all-time in South Carolina.
“It was tough just stopping one day, all of a sudden you’re not involved in it,” Jordan said. “I was looking forward to getting back. . . . I think at the end of the day you really miss being around kids. That’s what I miss the most. And your coaches. Your coaches end up being your best friends. That’s who you’re around. So I miss those guys too.”
During his three decades at Conway, Jordan and the Tigers were South Carolina state runners-up four times (2001, ’02, ’03, ’06) while making final four appearances on two other occasions (1994, ’95) and final eight appearances three others (2004, ’08, ’16). Conway also captured 11 region championships during that span.
“He’s not just a Conway icon. I think he’s very much respected,” said Moglia, who started his coaching career on the high school level. “. . . The respect I think for high school coaches within probably a 200- to 300-mile radius is very, very real here. Whether it’s South Carolina or North Carolina, I would think he’s going to have a positive impact on those relationships.”
In addition to being an 11-time Region V/VI AAAA Coach of the Year, Jordan was the 2006 AAAA Lower State Coach of the Year, 2002 Carolina Panthers North Carolina/South Carolina Coach of the Year, and 1995 South Carolina AAAA Coach of the Year.
Jordan was also recognized for his work as Conway’s athletic director. He was named the 2014 AAAA Athletic Director of the Year, the 1995 Officials Association High School Coach of the Year, and the 1995 Youth Leader of the Year by the Conway Chamber of Commerce.
Jordan was additionally honored with the NAACP Athletic Award in 2008, and the Man of the Year Community Service Award in 2007.
As Conway’s athletic director Jordan formed the Conway High School Athletic Foundation, which raised $1.3 million in funds to help improve the school’s athletic complexes.
This past year, Jordan was inducted into the South Carolina Athletic Administrators Association Hall of Fame, and the South Carolina Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame. In December, he will officially be inducted into the South Carolina Football Coaches Hall of Fame.
Jordan is a Conway native. He was a multi-sport athlete at Conway High, lettering in football, baseball and track and captaining the football team before earning a bachelor of science in mathematics from Presbyterian College in 1979 after playing four years and serving as team captain of the football team.
Jordan started his coaching career at Richland Northeast High School in Columbia, where he served as the assistant football and baseball coach from 1979-1981. He was then assistant football coach, head track coach and physical education teacher at Presbyterian from 1981-1983.
He as been married to his wife, Pat, since 1981 and they have a pair of sons, Cannon and Sawyer.
Jordan was grateful to be back in football without having to leave Conway.
“I’ve been in Conway all my life. I was born and raised there. My wife and I both went to high school there. In essence we’ve pretty much been there the majority of our lives,” Jordan said. “It really wasn’t an option for me to move. Not on the front end, I really enjoy Conway, I really enjoy the people. I have 34 years of ex-players around town and I bump into several every day and there’s a lot of joy in that.
“For me to leave Conway, it would have to be more than just a job, it would have to be a compelling job.”