Much can be said about Coastal Carolina head football coach Joe Moglia’s accolades between the lines.
In his first four seasons at the school, the Chanticleers have qualified for postseason play four times and won three Big South titles. Moglia has also been named Big South Coach of the Year twice, along with receiving the Eddie Robinson Award for National Coach of the Year this past season.
Though his competitive record has earned him quite the recognition, the Coastal Carolina head man is in line for further acclaim for work done off the field, particularly in regard to preparing his players for life beyond the gridiron.
Moglia will receive the S.C. Football Hall of Fame’s (SCFHOF) Humanitarian of the Year Award next month in Greenville.
“Coach Moglia has been very successful on the field and in the board room, but it is what he has done for Coastal Carolina, his players and his community that makes him eligible for this award,” according to a prepared statement from the SCFHOF. “... Not only has he helped with upgrading the facilities at Coastal Carolina, he has incorporated some of his business acumen in the way he interacts with players.
“Coach Moglia has a saying, ‘BAM’ or ‘Be A Man.’ This message includes weekly meetings to help prepare his players for life after football, which coincides with the mission of the SCFHOF. What better person to help a student-athlete make that very important transition from athletics to business than one who has been as successful at it as Coach Moglia?”
Recipients of the award are honored for their “outstanding work in giving back to the football community of South Carolina.” Moglia joins Greenwood’s Paul Kennemore, the former commissioner of the state Athletic Commission; and Batesburg’s Dal Shealy, a longtime college football coach and former president of the Foundation of Christian Athletes.
Moglia has roamed the sideline for 24 years, making stops at Dartmouth, Lafayette, Nebraska and the Omaha Nighthawks before taking on the Coastal Carolina job in 2012. Between the final two gigs, he worked his way up the ladder in the business world, eventually taking on the role as CEO of TD Ameritrade.
During his time at Coastal Carolina, the football program has become a perennial powerhouse at the FCS level and played a major role in the school’s athletic programs making the jump to the Sun Belt Conference. In addition, the likes of NFL talents Lorenzo Taliaferro, Matt Hazel and Denzel Rice have honed their skills under the watchful eye of Moglia.
He will be recognized along with a host of other award winners during the SCHOF’s annual induction ceremony activities on April 21 at the Hyatt Regency in Downtown Greenville.