Jamey Chadwell – Liberty
One look at the work of Jayme Chadwell at Coastal Carolina and how quickly he brought them to one of the top non-Power 5 conference teams in just three seasons was impressive. After going 3-9 and 5-7 in his first two seasons, he had back-to-back 11-win seasons, before going 9-3 in 2022. That’s a 31-6 mark over a three-season span.
This season, he has Liberty at 10-0 and in the conversation as a Group of 5 team that could crash a New Year’s Six Bowl. The Flames are already in the Conference USA Championship Game on Dec. 1 against New Mexico State and they have a good chance of running the table.
Since being hired at Coastal Carolina, Chadwell has been a riser among Division 1 coaches and it’s only a matter of time before he gets a Power 5 job. He’s won 69% of his games and had success at Division 2 North Greenville before making the jump up to Division 1.
Chadwell landing in Blacksburg would be a huge hire for the Hokies and undoubtedly he would turn them into a contender sooner rather than later. He would also be a big hit in recruiting in Virginia.
Again, IF the Hokies win one, if not both of their two remaining games, Brent Pry returns for 2024 at Virginia Tech. If they drop both games and fail to get to a bowl game this season, especially after the turnaround they have had in ACC play with quarterback Kyron Drones, then that would feel like a missed opportunity. It feels like Virginia Tech needs to hire a head coach with experience rather than a former coordinator. These three coaches would be good fits in Blacksburg.