Theoretically, Coastal Carolina wasted little time in finding its replacement for head football coach Jamey Chadwell. However, in practice, they’ve been keeping an eye on their target for years.
On Monday, the university announced NC State offensive coordinator Tim Beck as its fourth head coach in the program’s history. Beck, who replaces Jamey Chadwell, comes to Coastal with 18 years of Power 5 coaching experience, including the last 12 years as an offensive coordinator at Nebraska, Ohio State, Texas, and NC State. But it was a relationship forged at Nebraska that ultimately landed him at the top of CCU’s list.
Former Chanticleers’ coach Joe Moglia, who now serves as the executive director for CCU football, says that he was impressed with Beck when the two were on the staff together at Nebraska. Furthermore, he did not need to hire a search firm to determine which direction the program should take. He already knew.
“To not anticipate that this may happen,” Moglia told the media regarding their succession plan if/and when Jamey Chadwell left CCU. “But what do we do when something like this happens, we gotta be ready to go. That’s our job, that’s our responsibility.”
Moglia also noted that he did not give Beck much wiggle room in his new contract with the Chanticleers. There is a $3 million buyout each year for the first four years of his five-year deal. Beck’s contract is worth $1 million a year and will be re-evaluated after three seasons. Moglia added that there are several performance-based bonus opportunities for Beck to increase his salary.
In addition to the new coach, part of CCU’s succession plan included keeping the current staff intact, at least for the upcoming bowl game. Defensive coordinator Chad Staggs will serve as the interim coach during bowl practice and for the Birmingham Bowl matchup with East Carolina on December 27th.