CSU's Chadwell named 2013 Big South Coach of the Year

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (CSU) - Following a season in which the Buccaneers set a school record for wins and reached their highest national ranking ever, Charleston Southern head coach Jamey Chadwell has been named the 2013 Big South Coach of the Year, league officials announced on Tuesday.

Chadwell led the Bucs to a 10-3 record and a Big South record six road wins as the Buccaneers' turnaround became one of the biggest stories in FCS Football. CSU roared to a 10-1 start and climbed as high as No. 12 in the FCS Coaches Poll in early November. CSU has spent a program record eight-straight weeks in the FCS Coaches' Poll.

Chadwell took over the program in January and the Buccaneers hit the ground running. His 10 wins are the most for a Big South head coach in his first season. CSU opened the season with a 32-29 come-from-behind win at rival The Citadel. The Bucs added a road win at FBS-bound Appalachian State in September, and a win over then-No. 3 Coastal Carolina in November to their growing list of accomplishments.{}

The 10 wins in 2013 sets a new CSU program record, surpassing the previous mark of nine set in 2006. The Bucs were 10-1 to start the season - with their lone loss coming at Colorado - before dropping their final two games of the year. The Bucs started the season 7-0 and captured a Big South record six road wins.

Chadwell is a finalist for the Eddie Robinson Award for National Coach of the Year. CSU's 10 wins this season are a five-game improvement over last season.{}

Chadwell received nine first-place votes and 22 points, finishing ahead of fellow Robinson Award candidate and FCS Playoff participant Joe Moglia of Coastal Carolina (four first-place votes and 15 points).

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