Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Charleston Southern has named Jamey Chadwell its new football coach, replacing the retiring Jay Mills after his 10 seasons at the helm.
Chadwell, 36, becomes the third football coach in CSU history.
“CSU is a place I care about deeply,” said Chadwell, a former CSU assistant who spent the last four seasons at a pair of Div. II programs. “I have a passion for this school and its mission, as well as the people at CSU. This job is something I have been working toward since I left. I have always wanted to come back here and lead this program. Charleston Southern is a special place, Charleston is a great city, my wife and I got married here and we are going to make this community and this university proud of this program.”
This past season, he served as the first-year head coach at Delta State in Cleveland, Miss. Prior to DSU, he put North Greenville on the national map at the Div. II level. His career record is 25-21.
Chadwell takes over one of the most improved teams in the FCS this past season. The Bucs’ five-game improvement in their 5-6 season was second only to Villanova (six more wins) for the largest one-year improvement.
“It’s overwhelming (to be back),” Chadwell said. “You have dreams and you have goals, and for this to have happened in such a short time - just being gone for four years - brings up a range of emotions ... This is where I’ve wanted to be.”
Chadwell spent five seasons on Mills’ staff at CSU before leaving for North Greenville. He helped the Bucs’ program reach new heights, claiming the 2005 Big South Conference title with a 7-4 record and a 3-1 record in league play. In 2006, he became the Bucs’ wide receivers coach, while continuing to serve as recruiting coordinator.
Following the 2006 season, Mills’ promoted Chadwell to assistant head coach and the former East Tennessee State quarterback finished out his time at Charleston Southern in that capacity. During his five seasons with Mills, CSU accumulated 28 wins and one Big South Conference title.
The Tennessee native went from 2-8 in his first season at NGU in 2009 to 11-3 in 2011 and a berth in the NCAA D-II quarterfinals, where his Crusaders lost to Delta State, 28-23.
In his three seasons at North Greenville, Chadwell was 22-14 and his last team ranked No. 12 nationally in the American Football Coaches Association D-II Poll.
Chadwell played at East Tennessee State (1995-99) and was a two-year starter at quarterback. He was twice named team captain and helped lead ETSU to the Southern Conference title game two times during his career.
He began his collegiate coaching career at his alma mater ETSU in 2000. From 2000-2003, the former Anderson County High School star worked with quarterbacks, tight ends and running backs while assisting with recruiting and offensive game planning.
“We have to make sure that the guys we identify are going to fit with what we’re looking for in a player and a student-athlete,” Chadwell said. “The thing I’ve learned from taking over jobs and taking them over late is that you can’t sign guys just to sign them. And that’s the pressure. If you do sign them and they’re not the right fit, you may make a mistake that hurts you or your university. We are going to sign student-athletes who fit the mission of Charleston Southern.”
Chadwell is married to the former Solmaz Zarrineh and the couple has one son, Jameson (3) and daughter, Avery, born on Sunday, Jan. 13.