You need to call the APIs wiced_bt_app_hal_init() and wiced_hal_gpio_configure_pin() in your code.
Please refer to the gpio demo under the /20706-A2_Bluetooth/apps/snip/hal/gpio file for details.
Thank you for your response. I guess specifically I wanted to know if I can configure the C8 pin while in HCI Mode. Would I have to load firmware then reset to get me back into HCI Mode?
I exactly don't understand your query. Why do you want to enter HCI mode again?
You have to configure C8 pin in your firmware and then program the board when it is in HCI mode.