Coastal Carolina University President Ronald R. Ingle has announced that Coastal's athletic nickname will remain the Chanticleers. The university recently conducted a two-week online survey that was initiated to measure student, alumni and community perceptions regarding the nickname.
"Based on the results of the survey there is not strong enough support to make a change at this time," said Ingle. "I was especially interested in the response of two groups in particular - our students and alumni, who are the lifeline of this university. Although there are many other issues which are more important to Coastal at this moment, this was an appropriate time to address the nickname in view of the upcoming addition of football to our athletic programs."
The name Chanticleers was chosen in the mid-1960s when Coastal was a branch campus of the University of South Carolina. In 1993, Coastal became an independent, public university.