Member of Big South ConferenceA Chanticleer is a proud and fierce rooster. Before joining the SBC, the Chanticleers had been members of the Big South Conference since that league’s formation in 1983. Coastal fields varsity teams in 19 sports, 8 for men and 11 for women. The university regularly competed for the Sasser Cup, the Big South’s trophy for the university with the best ...
Coastal Carolina Chanticleers men’s basketball PerformanceCoastal Carolina has competed in the NCAA tournament four times and have a record of 0–4. In 1991, the Chanticleers were a 15-seed and lost 79–69 to Indiana. In 1993, the team was a 16-seed and lost 84–53 to Michigan; Michigan later vacated the victory. The Chanticleers next appeared in 2014, as a 16-seed, losing to first-seed Virginia, 70–59. In ...
Coastal Carolina Chanticleers MascotUntil the early 1960s, Coastal’s teams were known as the Trojans. When the school became an extension of the University of South Carolina, the push was made for a mascot more in line with the parent’s mascot, the Gamecock; the ultimate choice was the Chanticleer, the proud, witty rooster made famous in “The Nun’s Priest’s Tale” of Chaucer’s The Canterbury ...
Baseball Coach Gary GilmoreThe Coastal Carolina Chanticleers baseball program has been the university’s most consistent program in terms of success. Head Coach Gary Gilmore (903–464-1 at CCU, 1,156-566-3 overall) has led the Chanticleers to 16 NCAA Regional appearances and three Super Regional appearances since being hired in 1996.
2016 NCAA Men’s Baseball ChampionsOn June 19, 2016, the Chanticleers baseball program made their first ever appearance in the CWS defeating #1 ranked Florida Gators. The Chanticleers made it through the double elimination bracket with one loss. In the Best of 3 Series against Arizona, the Chanticleers lost game 1 but rallied back to win games 2 and 3. On June 30, 2016 the ...
History of the Chanticleers
The Coastal Carolina Chanticleers are a college sports team with an impressive history. Since their inception in 2003, the Chanticleers have been making waves in NCAA Division I athletics. They’ve won numerous conference championships and made multiple appearances in the NCAA tournament, including two trips to the College World Series. With such a successful track record, it’s no wonder many sports fans consider them one of their favorite teams!
Coastal Carolina has earned several accolades from its peers in this highly competitive league since joining the Sun Belt Conference for football and basketball games in 2017-2018. Their men's basketball team was crowned regular season champions twice (2017-18 & 2018-19) while winning both tournament titles during those seasons! On top of that achievement, they made it all to the Sweet Sixteen round of the 2019 March Madness Tournament before falling short against eventual champion Virginia Cavaliers by only four points!
The most recent success for CCU came when its baseball program reached new heights by becoming National Champions at the 2021 College World Series held in Omaha, Nebraska, where they defeated University Arizona Wildcats' 4–3 game series win after being down 0–2 early on. That victory marked the first time the school had won the national title in any sport since joining Division I in 2003! It also allowed them to compete in the prestigious ACC Baseball Championship, hosted in the upcoming 2022 Spring Season.
In addition to these accomplishments, CCU is known for having solid academic programs and excellent athletic facilities, allowing student-athletes to reach the highest levels of collegiate competition possible. This combination makes the perfect recipe success. Why do we continue to see more successes in Conway, South Carolina, year after year?
College Sports Established
Conway, South Carolina
Coastal Carolina University
1983 - Present / NCAA Division I
2016 - Present / Sun Belt Conference
1983 - 2016 / Big South Conference
Chanticleers - The Chanticleer – a proud and fierce rooster – is the unique moniker for the Coastal Carolina University mascot and athletics teams. The Chanticleer is derived from Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, specifically "The Nun's Priest Tale." In the early 1960s, Coastal’s athletic teams were known as the Trojans until a group of Coastal students and their English professor-basketball coach Cal F. Maddox brought up the idea of a new mascot. It helped that the Chanticleer was from the same family of the animal kingdom as the Gamecock, the mascot of Coastal’s parent institution at the time, which was an important consideration in those days. Thus the Chanticleer was born, giving the growing college its own identity and one of the most unique mascots in college athletics.
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