Joe Moglia
Joe  Moglia

Head Coach/Executive Director for Football

Alma Mater:
Fordham, 1971

Years at Coastal:
7th Year (6th as head coach)


Coastal Carolina Football vs. Gardner-Webb

Coastal Carolina Football vs. Gardner-Webb - Nov. 7, 2015 Hall of Fame Game


Coastal Carolina vs. Monmouth 11/15/2014

Coastal Carolina vs. Monmouth 11/15/2014


Coastal Carolina vs. Elon 9/27/14

Coastal Carolina vs. Elon 9/27/14


2014 Coastal Carolina Spring Football

2014 Coastal Carolina Spring Football (April 5, 2014)


Coastal Carolina vs. Bethune-Cookman 11/30/13

Coastal Carolina vs. Bethune-Cookman 11/30/13 1st Round FCS Championship

On July 28, 2017, CCU head coach Joe Moglia announced he would take a five-month medical sabbatical and Jamey Chadwell was named interim head coach. Moglia resumed his coaching duties on January 5, 2018.

Joe Moglia
2015 Eddie Robinson FCS National Coach of the Year
6th Season at Coastal Carolina (51-15)

Head Football Coach/Executive Director for Football
Chair of the Coastal Carolina Athletic Division
Fordham, 1971

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2012 Eddie Robinson FCS National Coach of the Year Finalist (15th)
2012 Liberty Mutual FCS National Coach of the Year Finalist
2012 Big South Football Coach of the Year
2013 Eddie Robinson FCS National Coach of the Year Finalist (9th)
2013 Liberty Mutual FCS National Coach of the Year Finalist
2014 Eddie Robinson FCS National Coach of the Year Finalist (2nd)
2014 AFCA FCS Region 2 Coach of the Year
2014 Big South Football co-Coach of the Year
2015 Eddie Robinson FCS National Coach of the Year
2015 South Carolina Football Hall of Fame Humanitarian of the Year
2017 Lombardi Award and Lombardi Hall of Fame Inductee

Joe Moglia, who took a medical sabbatical as head coach for the 2017 season, enters his sixth season at head coach and seventh season at Coastal as executive director for football and third as the Chair of the Coastal Carolina athletic division, serving as the leader for Chanticleer athletics. He has posted a 51-15 record.

Moglia was a national coach of the year finalists in each of his first three seasons — finishing runner-up in 2014, before winning the Eddie Robinson FCS National Coach of the Year in his fourth year (2015). He was also the Big South Coach of the Year twice (2012 and 2014) and the American Football Coaches Association Region 2 Coach of the Year once (2014). Most recently, he was inducted into and received the Vince Lombardi Hall of Fame Award for his career.

He is the real-life inspiration for the Monty Burke book, “4th & Goal: One Man’s Quest to Recapture His Dream,” and garnered national media attention by the likes of Fox News, CNBC, MSNBC,, ESPN Gameday, Grantland Series, Associated Press, 60 Minutes Sports (Showtime), The Sports Network,, Yahoo!, Esquire, USA Today, Wall Street Journal and to name a few.

Yes, his story of leaving his first love of coaching to enter and later conquer the business world only to return to coaching is interesting. However, what ultimately proved to be the most compelling aspect of the move have been the results.

In his first season, Moglia led Coastal Carolina to an 8-5 record overall, a 5-1 league mark and a share of the 2012 Big South championship. The Chanticleers earned the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Division I FCS Championship, directed the program to its first win in the NCAA playoffs and led CCU to a ranking of 24th in both of the final national polls.

His second season was even more spectacular. The Chanticleers, ranked as high as #3 during the season, posted a 12-3 record overall and was 4-1 in the Big South to win a second Big South title. Coastal won two playoff games, including victories versus #12 Bethune-Cookman at home and an improbable 42-35 win at #4 Montana before falling to top-ranked North Dakota State in the FCS quarterfinals and finishing ranked seventh in both national polls. At season’s end, the CCU set 25 individual and 23 team single-season records while establishing 17 Big South offensive team seasons records.

Year three was even more impressive. The Chants (12-2, 4-1) won their first 11 games and were ranked #1 in the nation the final two weeks of the regular season. Coastal was a #7 national seed, earning a first-round bye to the NCAA FCS Championship and defeated nationally-ranked Richmond to advance to the NCAA quarterfinals for the second straight season. Coastal led defending and eventual national champion North Dakota State in the fourth quarter before falling to the Bison. Moglia helped CCU establish league records by winning 11 straight to start the season, winning seven road games in one season and starting a season at least 9-0 in consecutive years. Coastal’s 24 wins in 2013 and 2014 were the second-best total in the nation, trailing only North Dakota State.

In 2015, Coastal won its first eight games and was ranked #1 in the nation for eight consecutive weeks. The Chants once again earned a berth to the NCAA postseason and hosted a first round contest. For this and his many contributions, Moglia was won the 2015 Eddie Robinson Award as the nation's top FCS coach and was selected the South Carolina Football Hall of Fame's Humanitarian of the Year.

The 2016 season was unusual as Coastal was in the first year in its transition from the FCS to the FBS. The Chants played the season as an FCS independent (not a member of a conference nor eligible for the NCAA postseason) and played a full FCS schedule. Coastal was 10-2, with both losses coming to FCS top 10 programs, and finished the year ranked 18th in the national poll. However, CCU did play most of its previous rivals and went 5-1 versus former league foes to be co-conference champions*. Also, with Coastal's strong resume and being ranked #11 in the NCAA's SRS (a tool to help pick the NCAA field for the national championship), the Chanticleers would make its fifth postseason appearance*.

While Moglia is like most coaches in putting a true emphasis on the three phases of the game - offense, defense and special teams, his outside-the-box thinking on how to achieve this goal with his staff is visionary.

On that level, his one team rule “Be A Man” — better known as “BAM” — where he simply asks student-athletes to “stand on their own two feet and take responsibility — both good and bad — for their actions.”

Coastal made huge strides across the board in his first season. One of the biggest was Coastal going from 100th nationally in yards penalized — 90th in number of penalties — to leading the Big South and ranking 17th nationally in fewest penalty yards — 18th in fewest penalties per game. Offensively in Moglia’s first year, the team went from 90th to 18th nationally in total offense, while linebacker Quinn Backus was named All-American and Big South Defensive Player of the Year. In addition, Coastal’s special teams truly became a weapon, safely converting five two-point conversions with Niccolo Mastromatteo and Tre Henderson each ranking 13th nationally in punt and kick returns, respectively. A total of 12 All-Big South honors were bestowed upon Moglia’s players in his first season including first team picks.

In 2013, Coastal Carolina defeated four conference champions and was 4-2 against teams in the final national polls. Coastal Carolina led the Big South in 12 categories while ranking among the NCAA FCS top 10 in fewest tackles for loss allowed (1st), fewest blocked punts allowed (1st-t), red zone offense (3rd), third down conversions (2nd), fourth down conversions (2nd), scoring offense (5th), first downs (5th), fewest fumbles lost (7th), rushing offense (8th) and passing efficiency (8th).

Individually, Backus not only repeated as Big South Defensive Player of the Year, but he was a consensus All-American and finalist for the Buck Buchanan National Defensive Player of the Year Award. The honors did not stop there. Lorenzo Taliaferro was also a consensus All-American as well as the Big South Offensive Player of the Year and finalist for the Walter Payton National Player of the Year Award. Taliaferro and Matt Hazel went on to represent CCU in the Senior Bowl and East-West Shrine Bowl, both were invited to the NFL Combine in Indianapolis and they became the first pair of Big South teammates to be drafted in the same year – Taliaferro in the fourth round and Hazel in the sixth. In addition, LaDarius Hawthorne was tabbed Big South Special Teams Player of the Year, Jamey Cheatwood earned All-American honors, Mastromatteo was one of 16 college football players (all divisions) to earn an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship from the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame and a total of 16 Chanticleers earned All-Big South.

Moglia’s third season, 2014, was yet another breakthrough season. The Chants were 12-2 with both losses coming by a combined eight points while posting a 4-1 to win a third straight Big South Championship. Backus became the first player to be a three-time Big South Defensive Player of the Year while Alex Ross gave Coastal its second straight Big South Offensive Player of the Year award as well as a second straight finalist for the Walter Payton Award. Backus, a consensus All-American for the second straight year, was additionally named the “top collegiate linebacker” by the FCS ADA while finishing fourth in the Buck Buchanan Award voting. Chad Hamilton was named a consensus All-American and joined Backus and Ross among 16 Chants named All-Big South.

For his effort, Moglia was runner-up for the Eddie Robinson National Coach of the Year Award while being AFCA Region 2 Coach of the Year and co-Big South Coach of the Year. The former head coach of the United Football League’s Omaha Nighthawks, Moglia was hired as the head football coach at Coastal Carolina University on Dec. 19, 2011 in a press conference held at Adkins Field House.

In addition to leading CCU to a #1 ranking for eight weeks and his individual honors in 2015, Moglia coached All-Americans De'Angelo Henderson and Devin Brown, while Ross was named both Academic All-America and American Football Coaches Association All-American. Coastal once again did well in the Big South year-end individual honors as Henderson was the Offense Player of the Year, Brown the Special Teams Player of the Year and Ross the Scholar-Athlete of the Year. In fact, Ross, who owns nearly every CCU passing and total offense record, became the first Big South player to be a three-time, first team All-Big South selection as well as being the first player to be both a Player of the Year and a Scholar-Athlete of the Year. 

The 2016 season saw both Henderson (Walter Payton Award) and Alex Scearce (Buck Buchanan Award) be finalists for their respective national Player of the Year honors. Henderson, Scearce and Voghens Larrieux each earned All-American honors. Henderson, who set an NCAA Division I record by scoring a touchdown in 35 consecutive games, went on to be a sixth-round pick by the Denver Broncos.

Moglia, who will begin his 26th year as a coach in the 2016 season, is also Chairman of the Board for TD Ameritrade, a position he has held since 2008.

Moglia, who coached the “Stars Team” at the 2011 Eastham Energy College All-Star Game, spent this past fall coaching the Nighthawks in the third year of the UFL’s existence. Moglia’s team led the UFL in passing offense, sacks, tackles-for-loss, punt returns and blocked kicks. Also, the Nighthawks produced the 2011 UFL Defensive Player of the Year, Stuart Schweigert. Moglia joined an elite roster of UFL head coaches including Dennis Green, Jim Fassel, Marty Schottenheimer and Jerry Glanville.

From 2009-10 Moglia served as Executive Advisor to the Head Football Coach at the University of Nebraska in preparation for achieving his original lifelong pursuit, being a collegiate head football coach. In his two seasons at Nebraska, the Cornhuskers won two Big 12 North championships and played in the Holiday Bowl each season. In 2010, Cornhusker football student-athletes elected Moglia to receive Nebraska’s prestigious U.S. Grant Sharp Admiral’s Trophy for Leadership and Service.

Moglia has been inducted into two high school halls of fame and the Omaha Business Hall of Fame while receiving the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, Columbus Citizens Foundation Leadership Award, National Italian American Foundation Special Achievement Award in Business, American Institute for Stuttering Lifetime Achievement Award and National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame’s Man of the Year.

Moglia is the only person to publish books on both football and investing, including “The Key to Winning Football: The Perimeter Attack Offense” (1981) and “Coach Yourself to Financial Success: Winning the Investment Game” (2005), while contributing to numerous national football coaching journals. He has also been a keynote speaker at the 2011 American Football Coaches Association (“It’s About Being a Leader”) and 2010 National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (“Leadership in a 24/7 Stress Filled Environment”).

Moglia served as TD Ameritrade’s Chief Executive Officer for seven years (2001-08). Under his leadership, the company had a 500 percent return on investment, and the firm’s market cap increased from $700 million to $10 billion. Prior to joining TD Ameritrade, Moglia spent 17 years working with Merrill Lynch (1984-2001).

Before entering the business world, Moglia was a football coach for 16 years. He won two Ivy League championships as defensive coordinator at Dartmouth (1982-83), set defensive and special teams records at Lafayette (1978-80) and turned around two high school programs.

He has served on the board of several not-for-profit and educational organizations, including STRATCOM Consultation Committee, Creighton University, Fordham Preparatory School, National Italian American Foundation, Omaha Chamber of Commerce and Boy Scouts of America.

Moglia graduated from Fordham University with a bachelor’s degree in economics in 1971, earning Dean’s List recognition and acceptance into Omicron Delta Epsilon (National Economic Honor Society). He went on to receive his Master of Science degree in education from the University of Delaware in 1974 and holds honorary doctorate degrees from Fordham University (Humane Letters), Bellevue University (Commerce) and Bentley University (Commercial Science).

Year Overall Conference
2012 8-5 5-1
2013 12-3 5-1
2014 12-2 5-1
2015 9-3 4-2
2016 10-2 --
Totals 51-15 17-5



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