Coastal Carolina University, commonly referred to as CCU or Coastal, is a public, state-supported, liberal arts university in Conway, South Carolina
Coastal Carolina University is located eight miles (13 km) west of Myrtle Beach. Founded in 1954, Coastal became an independent university in 1993.
The university is a national sea-grant institution and owns part of Waties Island, a 1,105-acre (4.47 km2) barrier island which serves as a natural laboratory. Coastal Carolina is also the home of the Horry County Schools Scholars Academy, a high school for gifted students.
Coastal Carolina’s athletic programs compete in NCAA Division I as a member of the Big South Conference. The football team competes in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision or FCS. The primary colors of the university’s athletic programs are teal, bronze and black.
Coastal’s athletic teams were once known as the Trojans. But once the school established an affiliation with the University of South Carolina, the decision was made to select a mascot in line with the parent institution’s mascot, the Gamecock. The ultimate choice was the Chanticleer (pronounced SHON-ti-clear), the proud, witty rooster made famous in “The Nun’s Priest’s Tale” of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. The university’s teams are affetcionately known as the Chants (pronounced “shonts”) and the mascot itself is named Chauncey. When Coastal Carolina became an independent university in 1993, despite some calls for “a complete split from USC” (i.e., change the mascot), the Chanticleer remained the school’s mascot. The mascot is one of the most distinctive in all of college sports.
In 2013, TD Bank gave CCU a $5 million gift. In September 2014, CCU officially renamed all its sports facilities TD Sports Complex.