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Inside the Headset with the AFCA

Dec 23, 2021

This week on Inside the Headset, we are featuring Coastal Carolina University Head Coach, Jamey Chadwell. Coach Chadwell discusses what it takes to build a winning team, shares the core values he implements in his program, and highlights the ways he helps his players stay accountable on and off the field.

Jamey Chadwell recently completed his third season as the Head Coach of the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers. In just three seasons, Chadwell has built Coastal into one of the best teams in the Sunbelt Conference with back-to-back 10+ win seasons and a conference title in 2020. The 2020 season marked Coastal Carolina’s first-ever undefeated regular season and the first time that the Chanticleers were ranked in either the Associated Press Top 25 Poll or the AFCA Coaches Poll. Due to his success in the 2020 season, Chadwell racked up over 10 coach of the year honors including the AFCA FBS Region 2 Coach of the Year and Sun Belt Football Coach of the Year.

Prior to taking over as the head coach of the Chanticleers, Chadwell served as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for Coastal Carolina. Chadwell came to Coastal after four seasons as the head coach at Charleston Southern. He was named Big South Coach of the Year three times (2013, 2015, and 2016), led CSU to conference titles in 2015 and 2016, and guided the Buccaneers to the NCAA Division I FCS Championship Playoffs in both of his last two years. Chadwell, a former Buccaneer assistant coach, returned to CSU after head coaching stops at Delta State, going 3-8 in his lone season (2012), and North Greenville, going 22-14 in three seasons (2009-11).

  • [2:55] Start of podcast
  • [3:32] Program overview
  • [6:50] Importance of High School Football
  • [9:03] Understanding your “why”
  • [10:25] Building a winning program
  • [13:34] Coach to player relationship
  • [15:11] Creating a strong culture
  • [19:40] Core values
  • [28:20] Team unity building
  • [32:00] Start of Q&A
  • [32:31] Managing a diverse group of men
  • [39:27] Being accountable off the field
  • [45:53] Personal relationship with the AFCA