Coastal Carolina announced that former Cartersville High School football coach Joey King has been hired to coach wide receivers for the football program.

King joins the staff after five seasons as the head coach at Cartersville, where he led the Purple Hurricanes to a 67-4 record, two state championships and four state title games.

“Coach King comes to us from the high school ranks where he was a head coach for the last five years at Cartersville High School in the state of Georgia where he posted a record of 67-4 and won two state championships.

“We are fortunate to have him because he had a lot of opportunities to go some different routes in the college game but he really believed in the vision of our program and what we are about. He believes in what we are trying to do and wants to be a part of that. Our players will be better with him because of the type of person he is, the way he coaches and because of what he believes in. I’m excited for our wide receivers because he will do a great job of getting them ready to go and also loving and serving them.”

Prior to his five years at Cartersville, where he was instrumental in the development of quarterback Trevor Lawrence, who led Clemson University this past season to an undefeated record and the NCAA national championship one year after graduating from Cartersville, King coached at Carrollton and Sonoraville high schools after beginning his coaching career at Jacksonville State University.

King is a native of Cedartown. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Carson-Newman University in Tennessee and a master’s degree and Education Specialist degree from Jacksonville State.

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Cartersville City Schools Superintendent Marc Feurbach said Thursday that Cartersville Head Football Coach Joey King will not return to Cartersville High School for the 2019 football season.

Feurbach said that King told his players in first period and sent the staff an email regarding the news. King will be taking on a position with a Division 1 college program. Here is a copy of the email, that Coach King sent the staff this morning.

To all CHS Faculty and Staff:

Today is a very emotional day for me and I’m sure it will be for our players as well.  I am very sad and very excited to announce that I will no longer be the head football coach at Cartersville High School.  I’m sure some of them are sad, and maybe some even excited….who knows?!  I wanted to let you all know how much I have appreciated the way you all have welcomed me and my family to this community.  I also want to thank you for loving on all of these students the way that you do!

I am taking a leap of faith and taking a position as an assistant football coach at a Division 1 program.  I can assure you that I am leaving on my own accord and that the Hurricane Nation is as strong as ever!  It would be EASY for me to stay, but God has provided an opportunity for my family and we are trusting his provision.  I always tell my players that you are either growing or decaying, and I feel that this is an opportunity for me to grow professionally.  We have been praying and reading Proverbs 16 and trust that this is the right decision.

I am thankful to Dr. Hinesley, Dr. Feuerbach, Mrs. Tierce, and Coach Demastus for allowing me the opportunity to coach here.  It has truly been amazing.  I tell people all of the time that I am thankful for relationships and opportunities. The people here (you and these kids) are what truly makes this place special.  I am going to miss coaching these boys more than you can imagine!! I’m also going to miss working with you all and I wish you nothing but the best.  Please keep my family in your prayers as we make this transition.  Thanks for all that you do!

God Bless and Go Canes!

Joey “