Moglia takes medical leave as Chadwell put in charge

Coastal Carolina head football coach Joe Moglia announced that he is taking a “medical sabbatical” this season to attend to health issues on Friday, appointing assistant Jamey Chadwell as interim coach until his return.

Moglia, who recently underwent surgery, made the announcement the day before the Chanticleers open practice for the 2017 season. Coastal Carolina hosts UMass in its season opener on Sept. 2.

Chadwell, who represented the Chants in Moglia’s place at this week’s Sun Belt Conference Media Days, now takes over the reins after joining the staff in the offseason. He left Charleston Southern to become associate head coach and offensive coordinator for the Chants.

Moglia made the announcement in a prepared letter to the media and fans. It reads as follows:

“I have enough experience to know that almost all press releases are done in the third person, but not this one. This is something I want to share personally.

For three years now, I have had a bronchial asthmatic reaction to allergies, which causes inflammation around my lungs. The inflammation restricts the lungs, which could create a serious breathing problem.

I want to be clear: I do not have a disease and I am in no danger, but I do need to get this addressed.

Dr. David DeCenzo, the president of CCU, has offered me a medical sabbatical for the next five months, which I’m going to take.

The doctors and I are confident that this will take care of the problem, and I will be 100% ready to go by the end of the season.

I have appointed Jamey Chadwell as our interim head coach. While he will have full discretion, he is fully expected to build on our philosophy, processes, and BAM standard, which is what differentiates us from other programs and are our competitive advantages.

I recognize most coaches wouldn’t make this decision, but I’m not like most coaches and I very much believe I am making a smart long-term decision in exchange for a near-term sacrifice.

My full intent is to be back when the season is over and continue my coaching career.

Thanks so much for your support.

Chants Up!

Joe”

Photo courtesy of CCU Athletics

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