Charleston Southern named former assistant coach Jamey Chadwell as their new Head Football Coach on Thursday.
"(CSU) is a place I care about deeply," Chadwell said Thursday. "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."
Chadwell spent 5 seasons with the Buccaneers from 2004-2008 as an offensive assistant and recruiting coordinator before leaving the school to become the Head Coach at North Greenville. There he took over a struggling program and led them to 20 wins in 3 seasons, including a trip to the Division II Quarterfinals.
He would leave to take the Head Coaching job at Delta State in Mississippi in early 2012. He would spend just 1 year with the team going 3-7.
"When this position opened up, there was an incredible outpouring of support for Jamey from a number of groups," CSU Athletic Director Hank Small said in the press conference. "First, athletes who Jamey Chadwell had recruited at Charleston Southern. Then athletes, football players that he had coached at Charleston Southern. And then staff members that he had worked with at Charleston Southern. The outpouring was incredible. That this person, Jamey Chadwell, had impacted peoples' lives. What he stands for as an individual. That means a great deal to us, moving forward."
Current and former Bucs players expressed their approval in the hire on Wednesday night on Twitter.
Freshman LB Darius Holliday tweeted "Nicene, Jamey Chadwell will be our new head coach. I'm loving where our program is going."
Charles James, the All-American DB who played his final game with the Bucs in November, said "Niicee, Jamey Chadwell will be our new head coach. I'm loving where our program is going."
Chadwell is replacing Jay Mills who resigned earlier this month after 10 years with the school.
Jamey Chadwell, Charleston Southern Head Football Coach
"It's overwhelming (to be back). You have dreams and you have goals, and for the this to have happened in such a short time, just being gone for four years, brings up a range of emotions. When you go somewhere else, you almost have to manufacture your investment. I've already invested (at CSU), I already have something to sell. This is where I've wanted to be."
"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. 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."
"You're going to see a team play with a lot of passion and with a lot of energy. We're going to be very aggressive in all three phases: offense, defense and special teams. Offensively, I believe you have to run the football to control the clock and control the tempo. I do that through the option game. We're a shotgun team and a spread team. But whether we have to run it a lot to win or throw it a lot to win, we're going to do some things to dictate to the defense and try to put them in a position where they have to defend us and we don't have to worry so much about what they do. I'm an offensive guy, so I need to talk to some of the staff to get their philosophy. I know we need a defensive coordinator at this time."
Dr. Rick Brewer, Vice President for Student Affairs and Athletics
Coach Jamey Chadwell is an excellent fit for Charleston Southern University both as one of the young, emerging "talents' in college coaching today , and, more importantly, as a man of integrity who seeks to honor the Lord Jesus Christ in every aspect of his life. We fondly recall Coach Chadwell's previous stint as an assistant coach in CSU's football program during our most productive years and have nothing but high hopes and expectations for the years ahead. Coach Chadwell's familiarity with the university's constituents, connection to high schools statewide (especially the high schools of the Low Country), and experience as a head coach in this region of the country establishes a positive trajectory moving forward.
Hank Small, Charleston Southern Athletic Director
"When this position opened up, there was an incredible outpouring from a number of groups. First, athletes who Jamey Chadwell had recruited at Charleston Southern. Then athletes, football players that he had coached at Charleston Southern. And then staff members that he had worked with at Charleston Southern. The outpouring was incredible. That this person, Jamey Chadwell, had impacted peoples' lives. What he stands for as an individual. That means a great deal to us, moving forward."
"Jamey has a proven track record of success, from CSU to North Greenville University. He led that program, in only three years, to its highest level. One thing we've talked to our team about in the past few days, is being at the highest level of our division and the playoffs. Coach Chadwell has built a program to reach the highest levels in the division II playoffs."