CCU’s Moglia honored for his work off football field

ccufoot-mogliaCoastal Carolina head football Joe Moglia has led the Chanticleers to unprecedented success, both on and off the field, and will be honored next month for his accomplishments as the 2016 South Carolina Football Hall of Fame Humanitarian of the Year.

Recipients of the award are honored for their “outstanding work in giving back to the football community of South Carolina,” according to the SCFHOF.

This is the third year this award has been given out. Past winners include former Commissioner of the South Carolina Athletic Commission Paul Kennemore of Greenwood, and longtime collegiate coach, former Foundation of Christian Athletes (FCA) President, and Class of 2016 Inductee Dal Shealy of Batesburg.

Moglia will be honored with Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson, as the College Football Player of the Year, as well as the 2016 Hall of Fame class (Jeff Davis, Stanley Morgan, Michael Dean Perry and Shealy) on April 21 at the Hyatt Regency in Downtown Greenville. Festivities begin at 5 pm. For more information on the banquet, visit https://scfootballhof.com/.

“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,” citing a press release from the SCFHOF. “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?”

This past season, Coastal Carolina was ranked #1 in the NCAA FCS for eight consecutive weeks and reached the NCAA Division I playoffs for the fourth consecutive year. The team featured All-Americans Alex Ross (QB), De’Angleo Henderson (RB) and Devin Brown (KOR). Ross was additionally the 2015 Big South Football Scholar-Athlete of the Year and a Division I Academic All-America. Henderson added Big South Offensive Player of the Year honors, while Brown was the Big South Special Teams Player of the Year. In 2012, Niccolo Mastromatteo was named a National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete of the Year. A total of 10 Chants have earned National Football Foundation Hamshire Honor Society recognition while Chants have earned a total of six FCS Athletic Directors Association Academic All-Star honors.

Overall in his four years at Coastal’s helm, Moglia has coached seven players to a total of nine All-American honors and four players have been a National Player of the Year finalist six times. Four Chants have gone on to play professionally (Matt Hazel, Lorenzo Taliaferro, Denzel Rice and Quinn Backus) while Taliaferro and Backus were each named the Big South’s Bagwell Male Athlete of the Year. Also, Coastal has had three Big South Offensive Player of the Year honors, three Big South Defensive Player of the Year honors and two Big South Special Teams Player of the Year honors.

Coastal Carolina was one of six teams to reach the NCAA Division I Championship each of the last four years. The Chanticleers have been ranked among the nation’s top 25 for 44 consecutive polls while ranking among the top five 28 times and among the top 10 in 37 of 38 ranking periods. Moglia is 41-13 in four years at Coastal with three Big South championships and two conference Coach of the Year honors.

Each of the last two summers, the CCU football program has won the Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association (FCS ADA) Academic Progress Rate (APR) Award for achieving the highest single-year APR among Big South Conference football programs. A total of six players have earned their Master’s degrees during Moglia’s four years with an additional four set to complete their graduate degrees within the year. Also, over Moglia’s four-year tenure, of a possible 79 players, a total of 65 football student-athletes have graduated with 10 more scheduled to graduate within the year.

Prior to winning the Eddie Robinson Award this past season, Moglia was finalist in each of his first three seasons with the Chanticleers, finishing runner up in 2014.

This year’s Humanitarian of the Year Award will be added to the many off the field honors Moglia has already received in his career, such as the Ellis Island Medal of Honor and the Sharp Trophy for Leadership.  He has also been honored by the National Italian American Foundation, the Columbus Citizens Foundation and the American Institute for Stuttering.  He has been inducted into four Halls of Fame, is the recipient of three Honorary Doctorates and is also the only author to have written books published on both investing and football.

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