By Jackson Schneider
The Associated Press announced Wednesday that Coastal Carolina Head Football Coach Jamey Chadwell has been named the AP Coach of the Year.
Chadwell received 16 first-place votes from the AP Top 25 panel and 88 points in total, finishing ahead of Indiana's Tom Allen and Cincinnati's Luke Fickell.
Chadwell became the first Sun Belt Conference coach to win the award after he lead the Chanticleers to an 11-1 record this year. Their 11-win season included victories over Kansas, No. 21 Louisiana, and No. 13 BYU, as well as an appearance in the Sun Belt Conference Championship game that would eventually be canceled for COVID-19 concerns.
According to an article written by the Associated Press, Chadwell also became just the third non-Power Five conference coach to win the award.
Coastal Carolina is currently ranked No. 9 in the latest AP Poll, but fell in their final game of the season to No. 23 Liberty 37-34 in the FBC mortgage Cure Bowl.