Kicking off Coastal Carolina University’s Homecoming with CAF!

Monarch Roofing’s General Manager Rob Clemons and Marketing Director Denielle Van Dyke met with Coastal Carolina University’s Chanticleer Athletic Foundation’s Vincent Accardi and Ryan Meyer in the beautiful West Zone of the Brooks Stadium. Kicking off CCU’s Homecoming week, they discuss the University’s plans for the week, the community impact of the school and athletic department and how we each can get involved.

Highlights include:
Homecoming Week Highlights
Rob Clemons becoming an Impact Member on the spot!
What makes CCU athletics unique and appealing worldwide
Lot’s of nicknames, a boxing match and a mullet!

We’d like to introduce String Bean and Precious:

Full Podcast: https://www.buzzsprout.com/1829238/9498965
Video: https://youtu.be/fFUh6NSGUoQ

Transcript:

Rob Clemons
Welcome to Crown Connections with Rob Clements and Monarch Roofing. I am super excited today. We got a full cast and we are actually located at Coastal Carolina University. It is actually homecoming week! So there’s a lot of exciting things to be done this week. I’ve got my co host, Denielle Van Dyke with me. Danielle, how’s it going?

Denielle Van Dyke

Good, good, great.

Rob Clemons
You’re looking well. How’s everything going lately?

Denielle Van Dyke
It’s been going awesome. I have the best boss ever. And I’m here at my alma mater. It’s a good day.

Rob Clemons
You can tell she works for me when she’s saying these kinds of things. Now, actually a little known fact about Danielle. I was hungry coming into this interview today, so she gives me a protein bar. And she says “this is going to be like this protein bar is the best of all of them.” It was it was like, probably, one of the hardest experiences ever. And then I had to look at her and explain to her that this is not a good protein bar.

Denielle Van Dyke
Which is not that bad. He’s just being a giant baby. It tastes like cookie dough.

Rob Clemons
Oh, yeah. Okay. All right. Well, it is cookie dough mixed with some, like some, like sawdust. But you know, it works when it doesn’t taste good. That’s how you know protein bars. But without further ado, I’ve got a couple of gentlemen here that I’m super excited to have. I actually have Vinnie Accardi, also known as String Bean, I’ve come to be told, which is very powerful. And we want to hear the story later String Bean. And then we have actually Ryan Meyer here and these guys are actually representing the Chanticleer Athletic Foundation. Doing a very good thing to the school. Welcome, fellas. We’re glad to have you.

Ryan Meyer
Yeah, happy to be here. Excited for the invite and happy to have you guys out to campus as a couple fellow alum. Me too. Vinnie, the outcast over here, String Bean. But yeah, I did for the podcast.

Rob Clemons
I mean, when the String Bean’s gonna make it up right off the bat for not being a Coastal Carolina alum. But it’s okay.

Vincent Accardi
Well, thank you guys for having us. And we welcome everyone from Monarch here to Coastal and coming out to Brooks Stadium and get a look at the field before we get ready to kick things off here on Saturday. So, and we’re happy to have you here. Welcome.

Rob Clemons
I will appreciate you guys having this. I mean, this has got to be an exciting week. I mean, what kinds of things does that do you guys personally have to do when homecoming week is getting getting going.

Ryan Meyer
Yeah, we’re just getting ready to welcome back a ton of alum just from the normal student body to former athletes. I know we got a lot of former football players coming into town, so excited to greet them and have them in the game and be a part of that special day. We have an alumni golf tournament coming up that we don’t have our hands on as far as putting it on and working it, but we’re going to be a part of it, which will be awesome just to see everybody coming back and supporting Coastal as a university all together.

Rob Clemons
Yeah, it’s amazing. It’s come such a long way. Right?

Vincent Accardi
It certainly has. I was here at Coastal Carolina back in 2010, as an employee at a previous university that I was at, and was the visiting administration and and team. And to see its evolution. It continues to grow leaps and bounds each semester, each year. So to be a part of this is pretty special and to be along for the ride, you know. It’s been a great opportunity for me and to work alongside Ryan, the rest of our CAF staff, led by our Executive Director Kelly Moore. And Ryan touched upon before we have a number of things happening this week. We have our Hall of Fame induction that will take place on Friday, and then we’ll do an on field recognition of all of our new Hall of Famers. It will be two classes, the class from last year because of COVID, and then this year’s new inductees. But we’ll have a number of different alumni events in partnership with our wonderful colleagues at the Office of Alumni Engagement. And of course, the number of events that athletics and the CAF, CCU Alumni Engagement Office will be hosting. It’ll be great. It’ll be a busy time for sure. But it’s a there’s no better place than a college campus, because you certainly could feed off the energy of your alumni, your faculty, staff, and your and your student body.

Rob Clemons
Man. That’s, that’s amazing. And and, you know, Coastal has come such a long way over the years. And and it’s really, you know, I’m like the elder statesman here. You know, it’s always kind of tough. You know, I remember when I was the youngest guy in the room, and now I’m like, “oh, man, I graduated in 2000.” And it’s like, people are like, “Oh, really! You know. Where’s your walker at and stuff?” You know? But you know, but no, I mean, the school has come such a long way. And it’s powerful. Because if you’re not watching the video, and you’re just here on the podcast, you can’t see the imagery. But I look at the amazing things out here and just seeing the, the, you know, Josh Norman’s name up on the Fieldhouse up there, and you know, former alum that has donated to the stadium, and what things that’s done it. And I do want to talk a little bit more about donations today for sure. But I mean, if we can, you know, I’d love to hear you know, like Danielle, when you went to Coastal, I mean, how much has it changed in the last few years?

Denielle Van Dyke
Oh, a ton. I mean, just the football stadium alone is completely different. It’s crazy how much this school has grown. And even when I was here towards like the end of my master’s degree in everything, it still has that small, like kind of feel like where it’s intimate and you get to know your teachers, and you get to know everybody, you know, in your classes and stuff. But it’s big enough that it’s just like, it’s grown like crazy. And it’s such an awesome University.

Rob Clemons
Yeah, I could, Ryan, same thing for you? I mean, you know, what have you seen in the last few years? What’s the biggest differences that you’ve seen since you kind of went here and graduated?

Ryan Meyer
Right? Yeah. So I came down here for grad school in 2017. I didn’t go here for undergrad. But visiting the campus in 2016 was a very small campus; homey feel. But you see different people every day, and everyone’s super friendly. That part hasn’t changed, which is awesome. But seeing the football stadium, especially, grow and just the success of all of our sports teams. It’s been really exciting to watch, while keeping that hometown, small, polite feeling at all at the same time. So it’s been really cool to see.

Rob Clemons
I mean, I’ll tell you this from me. So you know, graduated in 2000, I can tell you how much of a difference that the sports programs, in particular football program, has made for Coastal Carolina. Because I mean, there was a time where, you know, we’ve had a nationally accredited business school for years, right. And when I first graduated, I remember you know, you meet people from out of the state, and they’d say, where do you go to school, and it almost felt like I always had to preface it, I’d say, I went to Coastal Carolina University. It has got a nationally accredited business school. It almost came with a resume when you do it. And now you know, because people wouldn’t necessarily know where it was. And now when you say Coastal Carolina, they’re like, “oh, wow! Yeah, I know where you guys are. You got a nice football team and things.” So you can never underestimate the success of the sports programs. Which is one of the reasons I was really excited about having you guys on here today. So yeah.

Vincent Accardi
We appreciate it. Yeah, it’s just for me, coming as a visiting opponent. When you have an opportunity, you you usually tour another campus. Obviously, throughout my process of coming on board here to interview I came in a day early to get my own self a tour and see how much it has grown. And it truly has. I mean, I remember being on the visiting sidelines, as I said before, and this where we’re sitting today inside or whether we went outside did not exist. Right? So then you look at the other facilities that have seen upgrades because of people who are supporters of the CFA, alumni who are board members, and then support and believe in what potential Coastal has yet to achieve and can achieve with people giving back and supporting and being a part of what we’re trying to accomplish is support all of our programs, and 450 student athletes. So I’ve certainly seen the investment made. It’s now our jobs as a team here, Ryan and I and as we join the hard working team that was already in place to continue to strive to achieve the goals and aspirations that we have, not only for the CAF but for the university as a whole.

Rob Clemons
Absolutely. Yeah. Tell me, what’s the, do you guys know roughly, what’s the enrollment at Coastal Carolina right now?

Ryan Meyer
Yeah, the undergrad enrollment is just shy of 11,000. So they’re sitting at about 10,500 rough number. It’s between 10 and 11. But yeah, it’s grown tremendously. When I came in, I believe it was at like 8500 or 9000. So just in the last four years, we’ve seen some tremendous growth. And this year’s freshman class was our biggest incoming class.

Rob Clemons
Oh, no kidding. You know, I get this question a lot. You know, people will say to me, you know, how big can Coastal get? I mean, you know, sometimes schools are like, I’ll just take more and more people. But is there roughly a limit on where Coastal wants to grow to? And I know that might not be necessarily in your wheelhouse. But…

Ryan Meyer
Yeah, I’m not sure I have an exact number off the top of my head, that would probably be more of admissions and President Benson question. But I’m sure they’d like to see it get a little bit bigger, while still maintaining that small size/feel. I don’t think we’ll ever get to Clemson size. But seeing another 5000 to 7000 students in the next 15 to 20 years, I think could be realistic.

Rob Clemons
Wow. And you know, I don’t think every school has aspirations to get to the Clemson size. In fact, one of the most beautiful things about Coastal, and for any student who’s considering going to Coastal, I can tell you, it never did lose that that that small school feel. And it’s really powerful. I came from University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, and it’s such a spread out campus and nobody knew each other. And then you come down here and just to have the people walking around and kind of everybody kind of knows each other a little bit. It’s just such a powerful thing. I love that about the school. So definitely hope they never lose that that feeling for things. So well. Let’s talk a little bit about the President. I mean, you just mentioned a minute ago doing a fantastic job. Have you seen any like, you know, particularly great changes in the last year that you know, you guys feel like that you’d comment on?

Vincent Accardi
Sure. I mean, I’ve been here a little bit more than 100 days. So to give you some, but I’ve been a part of and had the opportunity to be a part of two other universities, one as a undergrads to one as a graduate student and employee at that university, but the relationship, that we, as an athletic program, and as the CAF has with our President, is fantastic. I really think it really takes someone in that leadership role to believe in athletics and what he can do, not only for the 19 programs that we have, and our 450 student athletes, but what it can do for the school as a whole. And there are some, you know, you deal with this across the country, where faculty and staff may not be fans of athletics, because of the resources that are given. But the opportunity that athletics has to be the welcoming at your front door. I don’t want to say to welcome mat, because mat gets the impression of being stepped on, right. But it’s a welcome opportunity. It brings new eyes to people who may have not known about Coastal. But when you bring up Coastal Carolina University now, and the Chanticleers, and the teal, and the uniforms and the helmets, from a football perspective, or from baseball, softball, men’s or women’s soccer, women’s across, we can run through the gamut. It helps to have a President that is behind athletics and that believes in it couldn’t help the other parts of the university. But how it could help it is exactly how do you get from 10,000-11,000 undergraduate students. It’s where you’re in the top 25, all last year, even during a COVID year, and you’re playing a game at Brooks Stadium. Yes, we’re limited capacity due to COVID restrictions, against BYU on national TV. And they’re showing a commercial on television during the break of what Coastal Carolina University has to offer. So if it’s showing the campus, it’s showing the facilities and maybe you’re doing an interview with the head coach or one of our student athletes on our football team, about what their experience is like their Coastal what they’ve seen, from their perspective, being a dedicated student athlete to our program. And what they’ve seen as far as the investment made both for the university and improving all of our facilities, in addition to improving and adding additional athletic facilities.

Rob Clemons
I mean, I totally agree. One thing, and again, talking as an alum, I can say this completely, and this is from the bottom of my heart. My degree, you know, my my Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration, I feel like it’s worth 10 times what it was when I graduated. And I really do thank the athletic programs for that. So you know, I mean, it makes a difference. I feel it. And I think that a lot of the school members feel it. So definitely a powerful thing you guys are doing. And so with that being said, I want to ask you who is maybe the most famous past Coastal person that you guys might have met. I know Ryan, you’ve been here for a little while, but have you have you met a Josh Norman, for example, or Tyler Thigpen or any of those guys?

Ryan Meyer
Yeah, I’ve had the opportunity to meet both Tyler Thigpen and Josh Norman. More so in passing. It was when I was a grad assistant for the program, so I wasn’t as hands on involved as I am now being on full time. But they’re both great guys. Tyler always comes out to our alumni golf tournament, usually before homecoming. Participates in that. Big supporter of Coastal still, which is awesome. And the same thing with Josh. He came here three years ago for the football game to get recognized with his brother Mario, for the Fieldhouse Sponsorship and some other scholarship money he gave as well. Both great guys, huge supporters of Coastal, so we love to see that.

Rob Clemons
Yeah, that’s really cool, man. I just love that. I think it really inspires everybody too. And it’s like anything else, it inspires you to know that if you come to coastal, you can do good things. I remember that BYU game last year. And it was Zach Wilson, the quarterback for them. You know, he gets drafted. I think number two and then FL Draft. And you know, Coastal handled him. I mean, all respect to Zach Wilson. We handled them. Did we not?

Ryan Meyer
No 100%

Vincent Accardi
Oh, yeah, no argument for me.

Rob Clemons
I mean, hey, you got to give a shout out to all the players in the coaching staff here. They’re just phenomenal guys. So well, let’s say way into something that’s really specific that you guys. We’re talking about the CAF which is the Chanticleer Athletic Foundation. Tell us a little bit about that program.

Ryan Meyer
Yeah, so our main mission is to fundraise money for all of our student athletes on campus. Vinnie mentioned earlier we have roughly 450. So that’s anything from nutrition to equipment, gear, giving them the essentials needed to compete on a national level, and reach the high aspirations that all the coaches have for their different programs.

Vincent Accardi
Yeah, each of us have respect the role for on a team of five and we have a great young man who was an intern with our group for this semester. And we have a great group of student ambassadors that work our football games and do a fantastic job of representing the entire student body at Coastal Carolina and being great hospitable hosts inside this West Zone and loads box area. And, you know, for me, you know, and Ryan, we have joined a fantastic team led by Kelly Moore. And we have great colleagues and Lexi and Donna, who have done a fantastic job and the previous people that were here, in their respective roles continue to build. And right now it’s about trying to continue to grow and meet the demands that our coaches have our student athletes and our administration has for our entire athletics program. So it’s our responsibility to connect, engage, and reconnect with a lot of our alumni. Whether they were student athletes or whether they were alumni like yourself, who are part of the wall College of Business, College of Science, and the other programs that are offered here at Coastal and, you know, fans, young and old, continue to come on board and support and find out ways to really help us continue on this upward trajectory.

Rob Clemons
Yeah, that’s awesome. I was not a, what you would call a ‘traditional athlete’ here. I used the gym and that was good. And I was also the Vice President of the International Club, which was very fascinating, because I was like, the only American in the club at that time. But hey, I represented, I did my part. You know, I had to teach him you know, about eating hamburgers and stuff like that. I didn’t have much more than contribute. So I was looking at some of the the information that you guys had here. It was talking about the average student athlete and said that, you know, they they cost right under $58,000, when you’re talking about having a student athlete here, and there’s all the things that Ryan and you mentioned, that goes into that. So, you know, you can’t underscore enough how important it is to have alumni that really get it and understand it. You know, this is good for ourselves, but for the school, how much it does. What’s the best way for somebody to get involved, if you want to help out the school, you want to help help athletic fund?

Ryan Meyer
Yeah, if you have a favorite sport, or you’re just looking to help out the general athletic fund, in general, that’s our impact fund that we have to the CAF. So all that money goes to the general fund, which our executive director Kelly Moore, sits down with Matt Hogar, our Athletic Director, and they assign that to each sports team where they see needed each fiscal year, but you are able to give to your favorite sport, if you’re an alumni as well.

Rob Clemons
Okay, nice. Nice.

Vincent Accardi
I think, you know, for Ryan and I, it’s working together cohesively with our team and collaborating to find out what the needs of our coaches are and athletic administration, and to be able to provide them with the resources that they need. The thing about fundraising in general, whether you’re fundraising in academia, or athletics, it’s a long game. But the most important part is we get people engaged, and they feel that connection. Beyond just being a fan, it’s a little bit more of a unique opportunity where you’re feeling a part of the program and what you’re giving back. Regardless, if it’s $1 or a million dollars, you feel like you’re making a difference in a direct impact. And Brian does a fantastic job with Lexi leading our operations and trying to grow our Impact Fund and get members to be a part of that. What the Impact Fund does is, it supports unrestricted giving. Unrestricted giving is at all schools across the country, where allows our Executive Director to meet with our Senior Administrators in athletics to figure out what the needs and priorities of our coaches and teams and where we can help in those areas with the unrestricted monies received. But you also can, as Ryan mentioned, directly impact your program, or directly impact the growth from a capital project perspective and help us build the facilities and or infrastructure needed to continue on this upward trajectory. So there’s many different ways, I think, Ryan does a fantastic job of just really, “hey, I want to get involved.” This is how to get involved, initially. And then we can have continue to have those conversations, as you feel more a part of the program. And what you’re doing is making difference in maybe the people you bring to a game, whether it be colleagues or Monarch or your family, or your friends who are fellow alumni coming back and say, “Hey, Rob, Denielle, how did you get involved?” “Oh, well, at first, it was Monarch Roofing getting involved with the CAF. But then I started to bring the family around, or my fellow College of Business alums with me into a game and then I brought my friends from this game.” And they came to homecoming. And then from there, they said, Oh, how can we come back to a basketball game or a baseball game? And it’s again, hey, having that connection to the see if they involvement and go from there.

Rob Clemons
Yeah, that makes a lot of sense. I know that when you look at the, at the ability to give, I think it’s so important for people to understand if you can give $100 That’s a very, very nice thing, you know, and it’s sometimes it’s like people feel like oh, well, I can only give this like any amount you can give is a big plus. And it goes to a good cause. So I mean, I think that’s really powerful thing, just to take away from this one thing, I guess, can we talk about the indoor training facility? Is that is that alright? Tell me about this man?

Vincent Accardi
Yeah. We have obviously, I think we touched upon it before about the athletics being this welcoming an entryway for new people, friends partners of Coastal, right, of course alumni and getting them reengaged. But Coastal, and you asked Ryan before about admissions and growth and things along, on Friday, we announced that we’re going to be not we as of the CAF, but the university had announced that there’s going to be growth in our academia programs and building some new academia, academic buildings that tie into our sports medicine program. medicine in general, to give our students here another profession, and more majors to pursue, right, that would be tied in long term, long term vision to the future growth and aspirations of a coastal aspires to be. But you know, for those who are listening and are watching, and live and reside in Myrtle Beach area, I’ve only resided here for last three months or so. So the weather could be fluctuating at times, especially during the summertime. So if you’re hearing preseason for men’s or women’s soccer, men’s and women’s golf and for football, they’re out here training early in the morning, or in the afternoon, it’s hot and humid or you know that spot thunderstorm or rain shower could pop in and the indoor practice facility gives our teams the opportunity if they’re outside to head indoors, or did this heading doors to a climate controlled environment. And we’ll really give them give us when I say that us being coastal county University, the opportunity for our athletic programs are in a murals program, our spirit groups outside potentially, I don’t want to go on the record saying it’s a definite but community outside organizations utilizing this facility that could be beneficial not only to our football program, but to all 19 of our programs, all 450 of our student athletes, all 10 to 11,000 of our undergraduates who play and participate in student organizations or intramurals. And of course, our spirit groups should do a fantastic job on our game days, whether it be for volleyball, basketball, or football, you know, trying to get our crowd involved and engaged with what’s happening, you know, during all of our events that we have here.

Rob Clemons
It’s a different world down here though, right? Like you’re not used to. So you’re getting a taste of this humidity for the first time. And until you’ve been in it, it’s just unlike anything. So I’ll get overconfident. I’ll go to the gym and start rolling the treadmill is like, I can bang out five miles like nothing on a treadmill. And then you try to run in this heat as like a mile. And I’m like, Yeah, and so when I think of those football players out there, we’re in those pads and just in the middle of the really, when they’re doing some of the biggest training, it’s got to be brutal. So I’m sure they’re gonna like it. But also these guys are kind of macho, you know, they know they’re going to use indoor training, right? They really don’t need that.

Vincent Accardi
Well, if I could be in a climate controlled environment, which with he may in a in a great roof, possibly for monarch in the future? Oh, yeah. You know, I would look to want to not be outside in a thunderstorm. Yeah, or lightning in the area, that type of thing. But I think from a facility standpoint, you know, you look around, right, and let’s, we don’t like to reference our peers, but we will because they’ve achieved great things. And they have a long standing history at Clemson, University of South Carolina, but they have those type of facilities. So when you are a coach sitting on the opposite end of a table of a young man or woman with their parents and saying, “Hey, where were my son or daughter be training?” Well, we have a state of the art weight room and strength conditioning area provide a test scenario by Mario and Josh Norman the Fieldhouse there, but we need a place to be inside. So when, you know, I wake up in the morning to come into the office and I opened my apartment door and that humidity hits him in the face and I know with my head, the men’s and women’s golf team usually runs on the turf at six or 7am in the morning prior to football coming on for preseason training camp. If the humidity hit me this morning, and I’m dressed in lightweight slacks and a polo. Well, they’re about to put on, you know, shells and a helmet. And being some black practice jerseys. We need to put them inside and we need to have our men’s and women’s golf team know that they can come in. It’ll be inside and do their conditioning workouts indoors where that doesn’t have to be a factor.

Rob Clemons
I mean, I think it’s awesome and also it just actually doubles the amount of training area you have all of a sudden so I mean, like on top everything it’s like more training and, and that’s what we want from our athletes training all the time. We want to kick everybody’s butts, right?

Vincent Accardi
We want the classroom too!

Rob Clemons
Exactly you know, but but maybe they could be on the treadmill like reading their book. Well, I don’t know. Anyway,

Vincent Accardi
a long way.

Ryan Meyer
Come on to sit athletic fun, guys. I’m just getting a listen when I was at Coastal and you mentioned the athletic facility over there the I’m gonna call it the gym. But that thing’s amazing. So when I was going to Coastal, we had like, I don’t know, maybe like two bench presses and a squat rack. And I was like, Yeah, I’m ready.

Vincent Accardi
Was it him? His gym, our office?

Ryan Meyer
It is.

Rob Clemons
I thought I recognize that place. It was pretty awesome.

Ryan Meyer
The SID guys are in the back there.

Rob Clemons
Are the weights still in your office?

Ryan Meyer
no, no, no.

Rob Clemons
Okay, Ryan, this is uh, this is the part of the show. I need to I always ask this how much you bench press?

Ryan Meyer
Whew. Honest answer probably looking at about 235

Rob Clemons
235. Are you repping that? Or is that a one time.

Ryan Meyer
That’s one.

Rob Clemons
That’s still pretty legit.

Vincent Accardi
String Bean is not lifting.

Rob Clemons
I was about to ask, what’s the String Bean? How do you get that title?

Vincent Accardi
So you got it on my…. For charity. Oh, it was for a good cause. cause. So it was a charity boxing event. Actually, my grandmother just watched it two weeks ago for the first time. My uncle is a works in a car dealership in Ohio and my grandparents recently moved there. And he was scrolling through my LinkedIn and saw my LinkedIn profile. And I’m not ashamed of it because it was a great opportunity to raise money for great causes. In the area that I’m from. It was an opportunity to get in the best shape I’ve ever been in my life between working out three days a week for strength training, and then three days a week boxing that was six days a week in the gym, either in a traditional gym or in the in a boxing gym. And the name String Bean just came from my figure doesn’t look likein now. Long and lengthy, but it kind of had some you know, the peas are kind of sticking out and certainly not because of muscle because of the sheer you know, weight gain

Rob Clemons
the way you started going for a minute, he was trying to figure I was like, Yeah, you got legs for days. I gotta tell you, man. And so

Vincent Accardi
That’s where the, that’s where the name came from. So, um, I have a great t shirt. I don’t think I’ve yet to wear it into the office, but I shall it’s a picture when I was. So as part of my, you know, go fund me strategy from a fundraising perspective. Of course, it was getting partners to be on my shorts or BMI, ring jacket, things like that. And then I was also doing like personal ads through a GoFundMe page. And if you donated to my page and all the proceeds went to these respective organization that then, you know, gave it out to these respective charities. Again, from where I was where I live, but I gave a t shirt out and on a t shirt it was a picture of a animated string bean with boxing gloves. Graphically on the back it just said Team String Bean on the back.

Ryan Meyer
And plus the good thing is that’s intimidating. I mean, you don’t want to see a String Bean. I mean, like… The guy with the nickname like that he’s got nothing to lose. To lose.

Rob Clemmons
Yeah, cuz if the other guy you were boxing was the name like the Juggernaut or something. He worked his butt like there’s no coming back from that right?

Vincent Accardi
The guy a boxer, the gentleman named Ernest Fair, and he was fantastic. And what happened was they couldn’t find an opponent for me. I sighs Okay, so I was. I’m not that anymore, but I’m 5’11”, 165. Okay, so they couldn’t find anybody. So I was training with him in the boxing gym, and they were like, “Hey, he’s not going to be able to fight in the charity boxing match. Do you want to fight in the charity boxing match?” And he was like, “Sure.” I’ve been sparring with him and, you know, working out with him. So miles, just do it for real for for three rounds, and for a minute and it was great. I mean, I had my entire family there. And you want my friends? There’s no winner or loser. I would say I’ll be very, very transparent and candid. Ryan knows this. As I was with you when I first met you all and you gave this gave us this great opportunity. Today. I did not win. He is far better athlete.

Rob Clemons
And even though he’s 75 years old, other guy, it’s still a bit disappointing.

Vincent Accardi
Yes, as far as him being he had a walker. Yeah, he could barely see his glasses were so

Ryan Meyer
He’s like punch in the side.

Vincent Accardi
I ran into him. Right. Right. Right. You know, we had this friendly, you know, we’re competitive people within our office. Yeah. Lexi part of softball, Kelly cheered at Coastal, Ryan baseball, Hockey, Golf. I try to be halfway decent, if not average at all those. He’s fine. It was just a fantastic opportunity to learn a sport and we talked in the office about, you know, hey, you know, I’m gonna go get some gloves and put on your boxing shoes again and get back into the ring.

Rob Clemons
Absolutely

Vincent Accardi
It might happen. It just won’t happen on the campus of CCU will have to happen at a undisclosed location.

Denielle Van Dyke
Oh, we have a ring in the back of Monarch.

Ryan Meyer
Oh, we do have a ring in the back. No, no, no. I mean, Daniel’s always planting these ideas. And the next thing you know, we might build one.

Vincent Accardi
Right? Yeah. Listen, boxing is a fantastic sport. And it’s so I tell Ryan all the time. It’s an art. He’s like, Oh, I’m just, you know, I’m like, listen, we don’t go in the boxing ring. And just, you know, it’s not an old Christian Barstool Sports, and they do they’re rough and rowdy and they’re brawl. And those guys do a fantastic job and have grown their company and do this event that fans get into their, their their audience, but this is you know, we’re gonna dance a little bit and fill each other out and then eventually he’ll probably come over with some type

Rob Clemons
I think he’s gonna throw a punch.

Vincent Accardi
Right and and and try stick a couple jabs. And, you know, I tried to focus on the body didn’t work that much. Because when you duck your head you’re not looking at you’re pulling your punches tend to be too low if you know.

Ryan Meyer
Oh, I do know what you mean. A lot. A lot of penalties happen in this match over here.

Vincent Accardi
Point deduction.

Rob Clemons
Which is a shame because you would have won by a landslide if it wasn’t for that.

Vincent Accardi
I know. Like 75 years old, walker, glasses. Yeah.

Rob Clemons
God rest his soul. No, no.

Vincent Accardi
He is no longer with us.

Rob Clemons
It just turned dark. Hey, in all seriousness, that’s awesome, though. You raise money for charity. And that’s what it’s all about. So in that way, everybody was a winner.

Vincent Accardi
Yep.

Rob Clemons
Just not in the boxing ring. You know, everything else you are.

Denielle Van Dyke
But how many of those shirts still exist? Yes. How many shirts? Yeah. Are there still? Like a question?

Vincent Accardi
I have I at least have one. I know a lot of my friends still have them to support it. Probably have probably a couple, three or four in the move that I made. Again, we referenced it earlier. I moved from New York. So it was the first time I’m ever living outside of New York. So during that transition, there were a lot of people pile for the goodwill pack in the suitcase.

Ryan Meyer
So get rid of the bad memories. Beat by a 75 year old.

Rob Clemons
There’s all secretly he burnt them all in the backyard.

Vincent Accardi
We had a we had a moment in front of a campfire. And we threw some T shirts in there and pour some gasoline. We reflected upon that would watching the video. Only recently, my 89 and 86-87 year old grandparents got a chance to witness this occurring box. Yeah, like 10 years ago.

Ryan Meyer
It was actually his grandpa that won the fight.

Rob Clemons
Oh, the truth comes out.

Vincent Accardi
I will be happy to come by the Monarch Roofing office and showcase my merchandise.

Rob Clemons
100% take you up on that for sure. Yeah, like and he said giants boxing which I really like this

Vincent Accardi
What would be your boxing name be?

Denielle Van Dyke
My name? My boxing name?

Rob Clemons
It’s gonna be something tough.

Ryan Meyer
The Monarch Maniac.

Vincent Accardi
Yes.

Rob Clemons
Yeah, definitely. I mean, I think she’s like a Thunder. Maybe. Danielle thunder VanDyke.

Denielle Van Dyke
It sounds gonna be something about slots, but that’s probably not good for boxing.

Rob Clemons
Oh, little known fact. This one’s a big fan of slots. And I’m like, you know, I’m like, yeah, she just loves them. And I’m like, Hey, how are they as pets. They are terrible. Yeah, she got a long arms slow movement. very methodical.

Denielle Van Dyke
Yeah. I’d be very bad. It’d be awful.

Rob Clemons
The sloth Van Dyke.

Ryan Meyer
I was leaning towards badger.

Rob Clemons
Honey Badger.

Vincent Accardi
Because I like the don’t care attitude or the honey badger. But I’m not as speedy. I’m not as quick as honey badger would be. So that was out. Again, looked at the old complexion in the mirror and said I’m assuming

Rob Clemons
Yeah, so you came up with the nickname?

Vincent Accardi
Yes.

Ryan Meyer
And that’s great.

Vincent Accardi
Yeah, I wasn’t look I mean, people helped with the design of the shirt and of the graphic to be there and I had a lot of people be a part of that. But you know, let’s get back to the CAF.

Rob Clemons
Well, we covered the boxing. No, actually I was great stuff. But Ryan, You’re not getting off that easy. What’s your nickname man? We need it.

Ryan Meyer
Well, to be completely honest here nickname I was given at my prior job before

Vincent Accardi
Oh, yes.

Rob Clemons
Oh, good bring it.

Ryan Meyer
It was Precious because I was young and fresh out of school. So I was tagged that by our Marketing Director at the city of North Myrtle Beach and it is to live on in our office at the CAF, because my boss….

Vincent Accardi
facts

Rob Clemons 35:11
These are facts these are secrets coming. And by the way right I appreciate your honesty I don’t think I would told anybody

Ryan Meyers
if any admitted to calling himself String Bean I’ll be honest for the listeners

Vincent Accardi
I should update my LinkedIn profile and as Vincent, Vinnie String Bean Accardi

Rob Clemons
That’s, absolutely, I think we all have a deal today if you’ll put Precious, in yours. I’ll put Maniac in mine. And I guess we’re gonna do it.

Vincent Accardi 35:41
His birthday cake. Last month was a picture with his fabulous mullet that he had.

Rob Clemons 35:48
Oh, no way.

Vincent Accardi
Under here. He was all on board. But he had to do it business professional not saying that all those listeners and viewers out there that muscle mullet are not professional but he kept us well groomed. He on tap. He decided to cut it and part ways with it. It was a very traumatic and a moment but his birthday cake said not happy birthday, Ryan said “Happy Birthday, Precious” with a picture of him with his fabulous

Rob Clemons
That’s amazing. And by the way, how do you get rid of a mullet? What’s the proper way to do you have to shave your whole head or

Ryan Meyer
yeah, you very much go for something I got on right now. You just get it two or three on the sides to get rid of it.

Rob Clemons
Yeah. So is your business in the front? No party in the back?

Denielle Van Dyke
Picture? We need this.

Rob Clemons
Yeah, for verification.

Ryan Meyer
Probably

Rob Clemons
I honestly thought it was like yeah, of course.

Vincent Accardi
Our Executive Director Kelly Moore does have a picture of the mullet.

Ryan Meyer
I think she threw it away.

Vincent Accardi
Oh, no. No, it’s his it’s his profile picture when you call my.

Ryan Meyer
Oh, I’m not on my social media.

Vincent Accardi
Can you see it?

Rob Clemons
Oh my god. Were you rocking a stache too?

Ryan Meyers
I wish, I was wearing like a, like a fake mustache. I don’t know one of them.

Rob Clemons
Pretty powerful. Man. If he could have done that. Beautiful. Oh, wow. Well, well,

Vincent Accardi
if you call my phone, they can see it. No larger scale, but you don’t have to. Yeah.

Rob Clemons
I’m glad to know you guys work together this closely to you got to each other’s pictures on your phones.

Vincent Accardi
Sorry. It’s not there. I thought it would show up as a whole thing.

Rob Clemons
Man, I’m disappointed. Can you grow the mullet back? We’ll do a part two of this next year around this time,

Ryan Meyers
Whew, that’s dedication. The statch will take at least a year. So…

Rob Clemons
I’m willing to contribute to the Athletic Foundation today, if you will get that mullet. That’s all I ask.

Vincent Accardi
Well, that depends because that has to have a value. It has $1 sign on it. Yes. Because anybody can be a part of the Impact Fund with Ryan is our leader as far as on that side. And that’s again, to raise unrestricted dollars to the Impact Fund and he and Lexi do a fantastic job of both fundraising and finding new members and getting our members to continue to increase in give on annual basis. But this isn’t a negative thing is the simplest part. And the way to be a part of the Impact Fund is a minimum $50 or $100.

Ryan Meyer
$50.

Vincent Accardi
$50 donation. So you could say Ryan, grow your mullet back for $50. And let me say…

Ryan Meyer
Oh, hold up. You hold up, we got a new member here.

Rob Clemons
Hey, let the record show $50.

Ryan Meyer
I might need more than that for the impact.

Vincent Accardi
The easiest conversation we’ve had to have a member come on board about

Rob Clemons
Hey, Monarch Roofing we’re legit head to toe man. I’m telling you man I’m just carrying this opportunity presented out

Vincent Accardi
to be two for two weeks we defer to the slouth.

Rob Clemons
Check you check your PayPal account. It’s magical when I just did for you.

Vincent Accardi
Rob, welcome to the Impact. Ryan make sure he gets his welcome pack and a hand written note.

Rob Clemons
And Precious is making it happen every day. That’s what that that’s the moral of the story here

Vincent Accardi
make more of the stories that Precious makes it rain!

Rob Clemons
I wish I had 50 ones on me and I could have made that really impressive, right? Yeah. Hey, I got just a couple more questions for you guys. And there’s been a lot of fun. How do you guys get recruits at the college? I know I know. There’s different ways but even when I was at Coastal I talked about it was like it was back in the 1800s even back when I was in a Coastal

Vincent Accardi
21 years ago

Rob Clemons
we were still driving Model T cars. And yeah, no, no, but but when you were, when I was at Coastal, we would have people from like New Zealand to come in here running on the cross country team. I was always so fascinated. What how do how does Coastal do it? I mean, I think nowadays, it’s easier with the school and with the teams and all that. But do you guys have any insight on how they do it?

Vincent Accardi
I’m gonna let Precious take this because

Rob Clemons Precious

Vincent Accardi
he is a former student athlete himself for undergraduate and he has been a part of the program since he was a graduate student here.

Ryan Meyer
Yeah, well, in undergrad, they did a really good job. They got me from New York to go to New York school. So they recruited me far away. No, but I think a big part of it is just our head coaches outreach. Yeah, they’re connected so well, in the industry, with other head coaches at other institutions here, as well as national team coaches and junior coaches overseas. So I think that’s a big piece of it. And now just the national attention that coastal has received in the last few years, helps a ton as well. So as they bring recruits over, and they see recruits from overseas, succeeding on our women’s golf team, for example, I met with Katie Quinta yesterday, she said a huge piece is being able to bring people from overseas over here seeing them improve. And then when they go back to their national teams, they have little siblings and friends, little siblings who look up to them as athletes see it working and then getting better over here at Coastal and all that they have to offer.

Rob Clemons
Man, that’s such a cool story.

Vincent Accardi
I think, I think, to piggyback on top of Ryan’s and your what you’ve seen the transformation and denoising, I think it’s the brand recognition, right? So we have a unique brand.

Rob Clemons
Oh, yeah.

Vincent Accardi
And unique color. Right? So that’s cool from a young person, or even a potential graduate transfer or a transfer student or an international school. You have, we have a great destination, outside of a wonderful and beautiful campus that is small and quaint. And that’s important. And I think the third piece to that is you’re seeing the investment, not only from athletics, but from the President, our board of trustees, our provost, and the entire university and building new facilities, not only for athletics, but for the entire campus, new academic buildings, new renovating spaces. And college is about the best four or five, sometimes for people seven years of their experience, right? And what does that institution offer you for an experience? Not only “Hey, yeah, we’re gonna get a fantastic valuable education,” like you said, as an alum, yourself, and alum for all three of you, your the value of your degree has gone up not only from the experience you’ve gained in the careers you’ve had or are in now. But from the experience you had here at Coastal, the friends who made the people relationships you still have here, it gives you an opportunity to go back and speak at the Wall college of business or Ryan will go back and speak in the sport and recreation management program. I forgot what program you were in

Denielle Van Dyke
Business and Marketing.

Vincent Accardi
Okay, so the same for the college. So the opportunity to stay connected with the programs also is a big piece that, you know, even though you may leave Coastal for graduate school, or if you stay, or for your career opportunity always can come back. And that’s what homecoming is about, right? We’re here early. This is the week. This is the time where if I’m an alum now or in the future of Coastal, I’m thinking the week I’m coming back, if not any other week at Coastal is homecoming.

Rob Clemons
Yeah

Ryan Meyer
Right.

Vincent Accardi
So I’m coming back, because I’m going to get together with my fellow classmates from College of Business or from the sport recreation magnet program, or I’m going to meet up with my sport, excuse me with my fraternity or sorority or my fellow student athletes that were on my volleyball or my beach volleyball, or men’s and women’s tennis, and we’re gonna make a weekend of it. And being experienced, like we had when we were undergraduate or graduate students here.

Rob Clemons
That’s such a cool thing. And those are both great points by you guys. I mean, I kind of thought when Ryan when you were talking about these, these these students, and they see they’re like, maybe their friends come back and they’re like, “Wow, look at what you did.” It’s always like I go to the gym for the first time you see that guy over there? I don’t really like that guy. That’s what I want to do. That’s kind of what’s happening, right? And then and then what to say and I think that it’s really true that you know, I remember years ago I’ve been a Charlotte Hornets fan and NBA for a long time and you know, when they weren’t even good, it’s just the colors, the teal colors. You see people rockin Charlotte Hornets gear, don’t even watch basketball. You know and it’s like, but the difference with Coastal is we have that unique brand and that unique look, but we have a killer head coach of the football team. I mean, a lot of great coaches here but you know the football is good so much attention. So we’re having success, the baseball team, the success levels. And it’s just, I mean, you can be proud to be a CCU student or alumnus or teacher or anything else you’re doing out here. So very powerful stuff. Hey, guys, I wanted to give you a chance, Is there anything else you want to tell us about what’s coming up? We know it’s homecoming week. There’s the gala coming up. You want to talk about that at all?

Vincent Accardi
Sure. We have a lot coming up for homecoming week. We referenced very earlier in the beginning of the podcast, we have our Hall of Fame induction for two Hall of Fame classes on Friday. There’ll be Hall of Fame dinner and then on Saturday at the homecoming game we kick off at 2pm during one of the timeouts and or at halftime will recognize those two Hall of Fame classes. We have what’s not forget we play football against Georgia State on Saturday. But on Sunday, women’s volleyball plays a huge Sunbelt Conference game at home at the HTC CENTER against Appalachian State, which will be huge. So we really want to get our alumni, families that come in for homecoming, friends of Coastal and just fans in general to come out. Yep, have a great day in the parking lots tailgating; enjoy the game. Again, starting to think but don’t forget to come back on Sunday and see our women’s volleyball team take on Appalachian State. And then, what else we got? We got a number of alumni gatherings. Ryan talked about the golf outing you want to talk about the gala?

Ryan Meyer
Yeah, sure. So we have our annual Chanticleer gala coming up in May, on the 21st, which is a Saturday. It’s always down at the Marriott grand Dunes Resort and Spa. in Myrtle Beach. It’s presented by King Construction. There’s a cocktail hour, live music, silent and live auction that takes place. So it’s really just a great opportunity for businesses to not only give back to Coastal Carolina Athletics, but get their brand out there as well. We have over 500 attendees and attendance each year as well as our silent auction being online. So people that aren’t able to make the event can still view all the items online and bid on them ahead of time as well. So it’s really just a great opportunity to support Coastal and come out and have a great time.

Rob Clemons
And that sounds amazing. And I definitely encourage everybody to go out to that and you know, it’s such a beautiful atmosphere out here. I love looking at the stadium and the atmosphere we have today. I encourage every body to come out to homecoming game you know, let’s fill these stadiums up and and represent like the school we are with school spirit we have so

Vincent Accardi
#PackBrooks, Rob. That’s the hashtag. I want to see it all week straight. Hashtag #packBrooks

Ryan Meyer
Pack Brooks. I like it a lot.

Vincent Accardi
Right now and that’s what we want to see on Saturday is preferably teal don’t know what we’re wearing. Yeah. Preferably in teal. But hey, white, we did a blackout.

Rob Clemons
I gotta tell you the blackout. Look at the other day too. That’s definitely good thing. Hey, and you know what? I’m winking at my social media person right now. Hashtag #packBrooks.

Ryan Meyer
Help CCU #packBrooks. That’s right.

And while we’re talking about hashtag CCU_CAF follow on Twitter and Instagram.

Rob Clemons
Okay, got that

Vincent Accardi
Twitter, Instagram CCU_CAF

Rob Clemons
I like it. Beautiful guys. And that’s great stuff. And by the way, just one other thing. You know, look, donate to the Chanticleer Athletic Foundation. This is a very powerful thing I can tell you. We’re not going to say it right now. But when we finish up, Monarch Roofing definitely wants to support this. We are going to do a sponsorship with you guys. Very excited to have an opportunity with that we’re very honored to have the opportunity. We got a new member already tonight and and I’m a $50 member today personally. There we go. So you see how this works. Fellas, I appreciate this very much. Thank you mean being precious. You guys have been amazing.

Vincent Accardi
Yeah, that was what we call in boxing for you listening and watching ‘a subtle jab.’

Rob Clemons
A very casual jab.

Vincent Accardi
Sloth. Maniac.

Rob Clemons
Seriously, Vinnie, Ryan, much pleasure. Thank you so much for being here today. All right.

Vincent Accardi
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you very much.

Rob Clemons
Absolutely. This is Crowning Connections will Rob Clemens and Monarch Roofing. Thank you.

Full Podcast: https://www.buzzsprout.com/1829238/9498965
Video: https://youtu.be/fFUh6NSGUoQ

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