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Two HSSR Fall Banquets Attract 1,400 Honorees & Guest To Seawell's In Columbia

Columbia--South Caroline cross country coach Andrew Allden and Coastal Carolina head football coach Joe Moglia addressed over 1,400 honorees and guests at the two banquets honoring athletes and coaches from all across South Carolina at Seawell’s on Feb., 16.

At the non-football banquet at 1 p.m. Coach Allden talked in detail about the recruiting process and details one needs to understand in going through it. His entire talk will be available online at later this week.
“The typical freshman changes their major three times during their first year of college so finding out what you really like is important,” said Coach Allden. “Student athletes can take as many unofficial visits as they want to a certain school but it is a good idea to schedule your visits with the coaches and don’t just show up. With the demands of practice and travel coaches don’t always have the time to meet with potential prospects unless something is scheduled.”
Coach Allden gave a detailed talk about how the process works for those just entering it and he talked also to the seniors who have already gone through the process.

The 1 p.m. banquet honored athletes and Coaches of the Year in volleyball, cross country, girl’s tennis, swimming and girl’s golf.
At the 4 p.m. banquet Coach Mogila  gave a talk about his troubled youth, the major components involved in becoming successful and complete as a person among other things. He shared some deeply personal matters of his life with the 1,200 people on hand in the Seawell’s banquet room for the football portion of the day’s activities.
‘When I around 10 I got involved in a gang and I had five best friends throughout my teenage years, and two of them were dead by the time I was 18,” said Coach Moglia. “I was rescued by my love of sports and playing high school football. My best friend robbed a liquor store and was sent to prison and if I had not been playing high school football I would have went to jail with him.”
In 2001, Coach Moglia was working in a building in New York City only 100 yards from where the twin towers were taken down by terrorists flying airplanes into them. He shared a very emotional experience in trying to locate his son Kevin who was thought to be in one of the towers helping to rescue others. “When I finally got a call from him several hours after the ordeal I was the most relieved father in the world,” said Coach Moglia. “Please understand that there are people in this world who don’t like our freedom and our way of life. They will kill all of us if given the opportunity. Never ever take your freedom for granted and respect those defending and dying for our way of life.”

Coach Moglia’s entire talk will also be available later this week at
The football banquet honored all state teams from every classification, plus Region and Coaches of the Year.
“We would like to thank all our co-sponsors like the Carolina Panthers, Green Acres Turf, Mike Reeder & Associates, plus all the high school booster clubs who sponsored tickets for the guests of the honorees through the purchase of congratulatory ads,” said HSSR Publisher Billy G. Baker. “This event cost over $45,000 to put on and without the support of the aforementioned it would be impossible to conduct.”

A picture gallery of the event will also be up at later this week. “Billy Morgan of Midlands Photography took 759 pictures of the two events,” said Baker. “It will take a day or two to edit these pictures and post them on the website.”
Anyone needing to order their award is asked to give the HSSR until Friday to unpack and determine what awards were not claimed. Guests in the room were asked to take awards back home with them if they knew an honoree not in attendance and only around 20 per cent of the total amount of rewards came back to the HSSR office.
The number to call with any banquet questions is 843-553-0264.  

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Coastal Carolina's Joe Moglia To Keynote Address HSSR's 28th Annual Fall Football Awards Banquet, Two Banquets Planned On Feb. 16 With Over 1,200 People Expected To Attend


From Staff Reports


Goose Creek--As Chairman of TD Ameritrade Joe Moglia is one of the most respected business men in America, but his real passion and dream was to land a college head football coaching job and “Coach” Moglia is now proving that whatever formula he used for success in business, that drive and passion has also translated well onto the football field.


The multi-millionaire head football coach at Coastal Carolina has agreed to serve as keynote speaker for the 28th annual HSSR football awards banquet scheduled for 4 p.m. at Seawell’s in Columbia on February, 16. Coastal Carolina is fresh off a 12-3 season that earned them a number seven final national ranking.


The HSSR will also conduct a banquet for the fall sports of cross country, volleyball, swimming, girl’s tennis and girl’s golf at 1 p.m. in the same banquet hall. The keynote speaker for that event will be announced soon.


All-state teams in all fall sports from both the SCHSL & SCISA as well as Players & Coaches Of the year will be honored at the two events.


Coach Moglia, in his first two seasons at Coastal, led his team to two conference championships, two National Playoffs, was Conference Coach of the Year and twice named a finalist for National Coach of the Year. In his last 8 seasons coaching, Coach Moglia has been part of 6 championship teams.


This season will be Moglia’s 22nd as a Football Coach, but it’s not a traditional 22 years.  He began his career as a coach for 16 years, moved to the business world for over 20, and back to coaching in 2009.


In his first stint as a coach he won 2 Ivy League Championships as the Defensive Coordinator at Dartmouth, led units that set defense and kicking records at Lafayette, and turned 2 high school programs around.   Before going to Coastal, he was Executive Advisor for Football at Nebraska where he received the Sharp Trophy for Leadership, was part of 2 Holiday bowls and 2 Big 12 North Championships. In 2011 he was Head Coach of the Omaha Nighthawks in the United Football League.


In the business world, he was at Merrill Lynch for 17 years before becoming the CEO at TD Ameritrade in 2001.  By 2008 in the midst of a global financial crisis, the firm had its 6th record year in a row, grew its market cap from $700 million to $10 billion, and shareholders enjoyed a 500% financial return.


In 2008, he stepped down as CEO, became Chairman of the Board and returned to football.


Moglia has received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, and has been honored by the National Italian American Foundation, the Columbus Citizens Foundation and the American Institute for Stuttering. He has been inducted into three Halls of Fame, is the recipient of two Honorary Doctorates and is also the only author to have written books published on both investing and football.


The HSSR has been busy this week revising the all-state list and making plans for two banquets due to the fact that football is always a complete sell-out with over 1,000 people expected to be in attendance. Letters to all honorees should be in the mail by Friday, Jan 17. If you are an honoree and have not already e-mailed us your address please do so to Anyone with questions about the banquet can call 843-200-9555 or 843-553-0264.


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