Location: Conway, SC
Distance from Farmville: 290 miles, 5 hours 25 minutes
Big South Member Since: 1983
Athletics Website: www.goccusports.com
Fan Website: www.coastalfans.com
Coastal Carolina is one of the most decorated schools within the Big South Conference. Located just outside of Myrtle Beach, the school sponsors fifteen NCAA sports and will be adding Women’s lacrosse to the mix next year. If you’ve heard of the Chants it’s likely because you caught a ridiculous youtube video of their, now ex, football coach or you are familiar with their success on the baseball diamond. Coastal has won the Big South baseball championship thirteen times and has gone to the NCAA tournament ten times, they have twice advanced to the Super Regionals of the tournament but never farther. Coastal is also known for their Men’s golf program, which has won fourteen conference championships and produced a PGA superstar in Dustin Johnson. The Chants also are proud of their men’s soccer program, which has garnered nine conference championships and has gone as far as the third round of the NCAA tournament.
On the hardwood the men’s team is coached by former Clemson and Auburn coach, Cliff Ellis. The team has seemed to be on an upward swing over the years but they have not won a conference title since 1993. Coastal lost to Alabama in the first round of the NIT last year, after winning the Big South regular season title and losing to UNC-Asheville in the Big South Championship.
Kimbel Arena: The home of both the Men’s and Women’s basketball squads Kimbrel holds just over 1,000 spectators. Kimbrel was opened in 1972. Coastal does plan to open a new Convocation Center next year which will seat roughly 3,600 students.
Watson Stadium: The Chants baseball facility holds around 2,000 people. The school just announced this week a plan for a $10.2 million renovation to both the baseball and softball complexes.
Soccer Field: Maybe the most creative named facility in all the Big South, the capacity is undisclosed.
History with Longwood
Virtually no history between the two schools.