Jamey Chadwell enters his fifth season as Charleston Southern head coach in 2017. Chadwell has transformed CSU into the Big South Conference's premier program and a national contender in his four years at the helm.
Chadwell has piloted the Bucs to back-to-back Big South championships and FCS playoff appearances. During that time, CSU has been ranked in the Top-25 for 21 consecutive weeks. The Bucs finished No. 6/7 nationally in 2015, and were ranked in the Top-10 for nine weeks in 2016.
Chadwell earned Big South Coach of the Year honors for the second straight year and third time in four years in 2016, tying him for the most such accolades in conference history. CSU overcame a rash of injuries and adversity to repeat as league champion, beating three ranked opponents along the way. The Bucs gutted out a wild 59-58 double overtime win at FBS-bound Coastal Carolina and then capped the regular season with convincing victories over fellow Big South title contenders Liberty and Kennesaw State. CSU throttled Liberty, 48-26, on the road for its third straight win in the series and followed up with a thorough 28-7 triumph over a hot Kennesaw State team to secure the trophy at Buccaneer Field.
In addition to Chadwell's recognition as Coach of the Year, CSU had 12 players earn All-Big South honors. Leading that group were Defensive Player of the Year Anthony Ellis and Special Teams Player of the Year Darius Hammond. CSU was first in the Big South total defense at 294.1 yards per game (7th nationally), as well as first in yards per rush (6.0), punt returns (15.2 – 13th) and kickoff returns (25.4 – 2nd). The Bucs also ranked among the nation's best in rushing offense (266.5 – 6th), passing yards allowed (158.8 – 3rd), sacks (2.6 – 18th) and scoring offense (33.0 –20th).
CSU broke through on the national stage in a big way in 2015, compiling a 10-3 overall record and a 6-0 Big South mark en route to achieving a pair of firsts - an outright conference championship and an FCS Playoff bid. The Bucs finished the regular season as one of just three programs to go undefeated against fellow FCS competition. Chadwell was named Big South Coach of the Year for the second time in three years after piloting a roster that included 13 all-conference selections to the quarterfinals of the FCS Playoffs.
CSU highlighted its 25th season of college football with two more wins over The Citadel, making Chadwell a perfect 4-0 against the crosstown rival Bulldogs, a victory over top-ranked Coastal Carolina and a second straight triumph over Liberty. CSU downed The Citadel on the road with a dominant second half effort to cap another terrific September, and then stymied the Bulldogs in the second round of the FCS Playoffs in front of a Buccaneer Field record crowd of 8,451 fans.
CSU finished the 2015 season at No. 6 in the STATS FCS Poll and No. 7 in the FCS Coaches Poll, marking the highest final national rankings in program history.
CSU's 28 wins over the last three seasons are the most over a three-year stretch in program history, and is one more than the program's total output in the six years prior to Chadwell's arrival. The Bucs have been ranked for 21 weeks during Chadwell's tenure after appearing in the national rankings just once in the program's first 22 seasons.
The Bucs followed up a program-record 10-win campaign in 2013 with an 8-4 mark in 2014. CSU completed a 5-0 month of September for the second straight year and put together a three-game winning streak in Big South play to finish 3-2 in the league. Chadwell led CSU to dominant wins at Monmouth and at home against Gardner-Webb before directing the Bucs to a pivotal win at Liberty. CSU put itself in FCS Playoff contention with that win in Lynchburg, rolling up almost 600 yards of offense against a Liberty team that won the Big South and advanced to the second round of the FCS Playoffs.
CSU led the country in time of possession and ranked 16th in rushing offense in 2014 as Chadwell's spread option attack continued to flourish. The Bucs' aggressive defense also excelled and paced the Big South in total defense, rushing defense and pass defense.
Included in CSU's second straight unblemished September were wins over The Citadel and Charlotte. CSU topped The Citadel, 20-18, in front of a then-record Buccaneer Field crowd, defeating its intra-city rival for the second straight season. The Bucs pulled out a 47-41 overtime win at Charlotte the following week to cap the perfect September and pick up a second straight win over the FBS-bound 49ers.
Chadwell and CSU also gained national exposure from a near-upset of Vanderbilt University. CSU fell 21-20, but shut out the SEC member in the second half while posting a nearly 100-yard advantage in total offense.
Chadwell was named the 2013 Big South Coach of the Year, the AFCA Region II Coach of the Year, and a finalist for the Eddie Robinson Award, which is awarded to the top FCS coach, after CSU set a school-record for wins during a 10-3 season. The Buccaneers surged into the national spotlight during a 10-1 start to the season and built an electric atmosphere surrounding the program.
CSU climbed as high as No. 12 in the FCS Coaches Poll – the highest ranking in school history - following its near perfect start. The Bucs spent the final seven weeks of the season in the coaches’ poll and finished the year ranked for the first time in school history at No. 22.
Chadwell and the Bucs reeled off some of the program’s biggest wins week after week, opening the year with a 32-29 come-from-behind win at The Citadel. CSU followed with a 27-24 win at FBS bound and three-time national champion Appalachian State four weeks later in front of 30,000 fans. The Bucs would go on to start 7-0 and win four of their first five games on the road.
The Buccaneers beat the highest-ranked opponent in school history in early November in front of a then-record crowd at Buccaneer Field. CSU topped then-No. 3 Coastal Carolina, 31-26, in front of over 6,000 fans to start a perfect 3-0 in Big South play.
CSU led the nation in average time of possession in 2013, and was among national leaders in turnover margin, rushing offense, and scoring defense during their historic start. The Buccaneers' only loss in their opening 11 games was at the Pac-12 member Colorado in mid-October, a game that was added only three weeks before it was played.
CSU shattered a number of records during Chadwell’s first year, most notably the team single-season rushing record with 3,028 yards, breaking the old record by over 1,000 yards. Junior running back Christian Reyes became the Bucs’ first 1,000-yard rusher with 1,254 yards. Freshman quarterback Danny Croghan III was named the 2013 Big South Offensive Freshman of the Year and Reyes was named First Team All-Big South to lead nine Bucs receiving Big South postseason awards.
Chadwell was named Charleston Southern head coach in January 2013, returning after a four-year stretch as head coach at North Greenville and Delta State.
Chadwell is the third head coach in CSU history. He replaced Jay Mills, who retired after ten seasons as CSU’s head coach. Chadwell, who was 35-25 in his first five seasons as a head coach, spent five seasons at CSU as an assistant.
In 2013, he served as the first-year head coach at Delta State University in Cleveland, Miss. Prior to DSU, he put North Greenville University on the national map at the D-II level.
The east-Tennessee native went from 2-8 in his first season at NGU 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 led NGU to its first-ever national ranking, finishing the 2011 season 12th in the American Football Coaches Association DII Poll.
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 mark in league play. In 2006, he became the Bucs’ wide receivers coach, while continuing to serve as recruiting coordinator.
Chadwell’s five-year stretch as an assistant at CSU was the most successful stretch in program history. The Bucs compiled a national best 14-game winning streak from 2005-06, and enjoyed three of the four winning seasons in the program’s short history during his tenure.
Following the 2006 season, Mills’ promoted Chadwell to Assistant Head Coach and the former East Tennessee State quarterback would finish out his time at Charleston Southern in that capacity. During his five seasons with Mills, CSU accumulated 28 wins and a Big South Conference title.
Chadwell played at East Tennessee State University (1995-99) and was a two-year starter at quarterback.
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.
As a four-year letterman at ETSU, Chadwell spent two seasons as a co-starter at quarterback. He was twice named Team Captain and helped lead ETSU to the Southern Conference title game two times during his career (1995-1999).
He received his bachelor’s degree in Economics and Business Education in May 2000 from East Tennessee State. He also completed his master’s in Business Administration from Charleston Southern in May 2006. Both times finishing his coursework with a 3.3 or higher cumulative GPA.
Chadwell is married to the former Solmaz Zarrineh and the couple has one son, Jameson (6) and two daughters, Avery (2) and Soraya (1).
THE CHADWELL FILE
Year School Position W-L
2000 East Tennessee State QB 6-5
2001 East Tennessee State QB 6-5
2002 East Tennessee State QB 4-8
2003 East Tennessee State QB 5-7
2004 Charleston Southern RC 5-5
2005 Charleston Southern RC 7-4**
2006 Charleston Southern WR/RC 9-2
2007 Charleston Southern AHC 5-6
2008 Charleston Southern AHC 7-5
Total (Assistant) 9 Seasons 54-47
2009 North Greenville HC 2-8
2010 North Greenville HC 9-3#
2011 North Greenville HC 11-3*
2012 Delta State HC 3-8
2013 Charleston Southern HC 10-3 (3-2)
2014 Charleston Southern HC 8-4 (3-2)
2015 Charleston Southern HC 10-3 (6-0)&
2016 Charleston Southern HC 7-4 (4-1)!
Total (HC) 8 Seasons 60-36 (16-5 Big South)
At CSU (HC) 4 Seasons 35-14 (16-5 Big South)
!Big South Champions; FCS Playoffs 1st Round
&Big South Champions; FCS Playoff Quarterfinals; No. 6/7 Final National Ranking
*NCAA Division II Playoff Quarterfinals
#NCCAA Victory Bowl Champions
**Big South Co-Champions