Moglia up for national honor as CCU on winning streak

After leading Coastal Carolina to its first 4-0 start in the program’s history and a No. 11 ranking in the FCS Coaches poll, the team’s highest ranking since 2006, head coach Joe Moglia has been nominated for the 2013 Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year award.

Besides earning the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year trophy, Moglia also has an opportunity to win $50,000 on behalf of Liberty Mutual to support the charities of his choice and $20,000 to award to the Coastal Carolina Alumni Association for academic scholarships.

Moglia took over the Chants last season and, after a slow 2-4 start, his teams have won 10 of their last 11 dating back to last season. The line loss was a second-round playoff loss at Old Dominion. The Chants go for their 11th win in their last 12 on Saturday against host Elon (1-3).

“We don’t really pay much attention to it,” Moglia said of the awards and rankings coming Coastal’s way. “We just focus on what we are doing. We say if we are playing our game, we feel like no one can stop us.”

Kicking off its eighth season, the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award is the only college football award that supports both charity and scholarship through its winners. It honors one coach in each NCAA division who best exemplifies sportsmanship, integrity, responsibility and excellence on and off the field. Moglia was one of five finalists for the Liberty Mutual FCS Coach of the Year award last season.

Now through December 3, fans can visit CoachoftheYear.com to cast their vote for their favorite coach in each of the four divisions. Additionally, fans can also vote for the first time on Facebook at Facebook.com/LMCoachoftheYear, where they also are encouraged to rally support for their coach through their social community.  Winning coaches will be announced January 6, 2014, prior to the national championship game.

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