Moglia’s ex-player says CCU fans in for pleasant surprise

Like many Coastal Carolina fans, Omaha Nighthawks safety Stuart Schwiegert was disappointed Tuesday to learn that Joe Moglia had been named the Chanticleers’ new head football coach – but for very different reasons.

“Selfishly, I was hoping he was coming back to coach us at Omaha again, but I’m excited for him to get the opportunity,” Schweigert said via telephone Thursday. “Coach Joe a phenomenal person and he will do a great job.”

It’s the latter part of his statement that Chants fans still aren’t so sure about. After all, Moglia was out of coaching for 25 years while he was building his and TD Ameritrade’s wealth before spending one 1-4 season with Omaha.

“We (players) were thinking the same thing eight months ago,” he said. “I knew about everything he had accomplished in the business world, but does he know football? Once people see how much he loves it and how he leads his team, they will understand.”

Schweigert spent four seasons with the Oakland Raiders and parts of two seasons with the Detroit Lions before leaving the league and keeping his career hopes alive in the upstart UFL. The Purdue graduate says Moglia stacks up well with all the coaches he’s ever had.

“A lot of coaches say they have an open-door policy but you never felt like you could go in and just shoot the breeze with them,” he said. “You could do that with Coach Joe. In fact, he wanted to hear from the players an get their input.”

Schwiegert, who was named the UFL’s Defensive MVP last season, acknowledges the quantum leap from pro to college, where recruiting and NCAA regulations are critical to a coach’s success. But he believes that will be nothing given the quick transition Moglia made from CEO to pro coach.

“I think Coach Joe’s style will be very appealing to college guys,” he said. “He really cares about his players and the players feel that and in turn want to play for him. That’s really important at any level, but especially in college.

“We sort of had a motto last season called “BAM – Be A Man. The whole concept was about so much more than football. It’s about taking responsibility for yourself and your teammates and the togetherness it built was unbelievable. I wish I would have had someone like Coach Joe mentoring me when I was in school.”

Schweigert admits that the Nighthawks’ 1-4 record doesn’t accurately reflect the job Moglia did, and that his teammates on offense, which struggled mightily under Moglia, might have a different point of view about his coaching abilities, but not his people skills.

“The guys on offense might have a different opinion as far as Xs and Os and the outcome wasn’t always what we had hoped for, but Coach Joe will bring in a great staff to handle a lot of those issues. But as far as a head coach and a leader, you couldn’t ask for anyone better.”

Schweigert says he can understand Chanticleer fans being skeptical but believes those doubts will quickly be put to rest once they see Moglia in action.

“Kids are going to want to play for him and each other,” he said. “Coastal Carolina couldn’t have found a better person. People there have no idea what they’re in for.”

That’s the real issue, but one Schweigert believes won’t last very long.

Photo courtesy of UFL

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One response to “Moglia’s ex-player says CCU fans in for pleasant surprise”

  1. Rick says:

    Are you going to try to interview some of the players from the offense?

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