Jamey Chadwell was introduced as the program's third head coach on January 18, 2019. He was previously the team's interim head coach in 2017. On October 14, 2020, Coastal Carolina got its first ever win against a ranked FBS team, 30–27 over No. 21 Louisiana. Following the win, AP ranked Coastal Carolina No. 25, making it their first time being nationally ranked. As of December 12, Coastal remains undefeated (11-0) and has won the Sun Belt Eastern Division; a first for the program. The first College Football Playoff rankings ranked Coastal at No. 20. Since the win over No. 21 Louisiana, Coastal remained in the AP Top 25 with their highest AP ranking being No. 14 during Week 14 (the highest ranked Sun Belt team to date. ) The CFP ranked Coastal Carolina No. 18 in Week 14. Their original opponent for Week 14 was the Liberty Flames, but citing COVID-19 concerns Liberty canceled and Coastal's new opponent became the No. 13 ranked BYU Cougars. The attention drawn lead ESPN’s College GameDay to take place in Conway on December 5th. They won, 22-17, in a similar fashion to Super Bowl XXXIV. As a result to the victory over BYU, Coastal Carolina was ranked No. 11 by the AP Top 25 Rankings and No. 13 by the CFP Playoffs for Week 15.