Former Cartersville High School head coach Joey King was officially introduced as wide receivers coach for the Coastal Carolina University football team Feb. 18.
After weeks of speculation, Head Coach Jamey Chadwell announced the addition of King to the football staff of the university which is located near Myrtle Beach in Conway, South Carolina.
King joins Chadwell’s staff after five seasons as head coach at Cartersville High where he led the Purple Hurricanes to a 67-4 record, two state championships and four state title games.
King recently wrote in an email he was “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.”
Chadwell said, “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.”
At Cartersville, King was instrumental in the development of quarterback Trevor Lawrence, who led Clemson this past season to an undefeated record and the NCAA national championship one year after graduating from Cartersville.
Lawrence praised King on Twitter recently: “Love this man! Coastal Carolina is getting the best. He’ll make any program better just by him being a part of it! I know the Lord will continue to bless his work ethic and character.”
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.
Prior to his five years at Cartersville, King coached at Carrollton and Sonoraville high schools after beginning his coaching career at Jacksonville State University.
King succeeded Frank Barden, who had coached the Hurricanes for 18 years and led them to a state title before moving to Stephens County.
Conor Foster will succeed King as the Hurricanes’ head coach after serving as King’s defensive coordinator for the past six seasons at Cartersville and Carrollton.