Coastal Carolina University Vice President/Athletic Director Matt Hogue

Matt Hogue, a NACDA 2020-2021 AD of the Year, used to be the “Voice of the Chants” for almost 20 years before becoming the Vice President and Athletic Director in 2015 after serving a year in the interim AD position. Hogue starts the episode with an institutional profile of the young institution that he has served for decades to see its continued growth both academically and athletically. Hogue shares the strategic funding tool their county in the state of South Carolina has for capital projects on campus, which frees up additional opportunities to move funds towards athletic facilities. The Chants jumped on the national spotlight in 2020 from their football success, and Hogue shares his perspectives on the football program. Smith asks Hogue to compare the institutional measurable differences between the baseball national championship in 2016 versus the attention of the 2020 football season.

0:30 Institutional Profile
5:00 Growth of Coastal Carolina After Leaving USC System
10:24 What Broadcaster Skills Helped Hogue Become Effective AD
15:05 Capitalizing On National Success for Revenue
21:30 Strategic Architecture & Funding the Athletic Facilities
27:45 Recent Board Approval of New Indoor Football Facility
30:55 Overnight Football Success
35:22 The Growth of the Sun Belt Conference in Football
38:00 Transition Details Going from FCS to FBS
42:22 Exposure: 2016 Baseball National Championship Versus 2020 Football Season
46:20 Mindset of Interim AD Role to Become the Permanent AD
50:15 Under-The-Radar Challenges Facing D1 ADs

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