Charleston Southern head football coach Jamey Chadwell has named Gabe Giardina as his offensive coordinator, the Bucs' new head coach announced on Monday.
Giardina becomes the first new addition to Chadwell's staff. Chadwell took over the CSU program in mid-January.
"I am very excited to name Gabe Giardina as our offensive coordinator and offensive line coach," Chadwell said Monday. "He brings a great passion for this institution, having worked here previously, and he understands the type of young man that will be successful in our program. He is a tireless recruiter and will be a great mentor for our players. Gabe, and his beautiful wife Wimberly will be great additions to the community."
Giardina returns to Charleston Southern after serving as Chadwell's offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach at Delta State in 2012. He was also part of former Bucs' head coach Jay Mills' staff at CSU before leaving following the 2011 season to join Chadwell at DSU.
Offensively, Giardina guided the Statesmen to 377 yards and 24 points per game last season. DSU wide receiver Lavon Downs was named first team All-Gulf South and First Team All-Region in last season.
Giardina was the special teams coordinator and running backs coach at Charleston Southern University from 2008-‘11. In his four seasons with the Bucs, CSU blocked six punts, had four kickoff returns for touchdowns and three punt returns TDs. His kickoff coverage teams ranked second in the Big South for three years and in led the Big South in net punting in 2011.
During his time at CSU, he coached six different players to All-Big South honors. Charles James and Antwan Ivey as punt returners, John Pagila as a placekicker, Andrew McKain and Mike Chocholousek as long snappers and Gerald Stephenson, who was an All-American in 2010 as a kick returner. In 2008, Stephenson set and NCAA record for most kickoff return yards in a game with 255 yards against Wofford.
In 2010 Giardina was promoted to assistant head coach by Mills. The running backs Giardina coached while at CSU included DeMarcus Moon, who was fourth in school history with 1,349 yards rushing yards and 4.5 yards per carry. In 2009, Giardina's backs rushed for the second most yards in school history, culminating with a 145-yard performance by Antwan Ivey a win against Coastal Carolina.
Giardina worked as an graduate assistant at his alma mater, Alabama, from '05-‘07. In 2005 he worked with special teams and saw return specialist Tyrone Prothro earn All-SEC honors, while kicker Jamie Christensen hit game-winning field goals against Ole Miss, Tennessee, and in the Cotton Bowl against Texas Tech.
In 2006, Giardina transitioned to the offensive line and over the next two seasons, saw linemen Antwan Caldwell and Andre Smith make first team All-SEC. Smith was the sixth overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals, while Caldwell was selected in the third round by the Houston Texans.
During his time at Alabama, Giardina worked for both Mike Shula and current Alabama Head Coach Nick Saban. Giardina also played for the Crimson Tide from 2000 until 2003. He appeared in nine games and earned Academic All-SEC honors in 2003.
Giardina is married to the former Wimberly Edwards from Greenville, Ala. She is a board certified Music Therapist and have two sons, Frank Foster (2) and DeAra, who is due in March.