Cartersville coach King mov­ing to col­lege job

The Standard Journal - - SPORTS - JOEY KING

Head Coach Joey King is leav­ing Cartersville High for a Di­vi­sion I col­lege as­sis­tant coach­ing job af­ter lead­ing the school’s foot­ball team to two state cham­pi­onships in five years, the school sys­tem an­nounced to­day.

Cartersville City Schools an­nounced that King will not re­turn to Cartersville High for the 2019 sea­son af­ter lead­ing the Pur­ple Hur­ri­canes to a 67-4 record, two state cham­pi­onships and four state ti­tle games in five sea­sons.

A plan for out­lin­ing the next steps for Cartersville High School foot­ball will be re­leased within a cou­ple of days, the city school sys­tem said in a news re­lease.

Cartersville City Schools Su­per­in­ten­dent Marc Feur­bach said King told his play­ers in first pe­riod to­day and sent the school staff an email about his de­ci­sion, WBHF ra­dio re­ported.

King said in the email, “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!”

In the email, King re­port­edly wrote that 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.”

King came to Cartersville from Car­roll­ton High in 2014. Among his star play­ers were 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.

Cartersville High Prin­ci­pal Shel­ley Tierce said, “Coach King made a pro­found im­pact on our stu­dent ath­letes and we are def­i­nitely sad to see him tran­si­tion. How­ever, we are ex­cited for him to pur­sue this new op­por­tu­nity.”

Feur­bach told WBHF that King should an­nounce next week which pro­gram he will be join­ing.

He said the school was not “shocked” at King’s de­ci­sion, and he was happy for the former coach but also sad­dened by the news.

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

He be­gan his coach­ing ca­reer at Jack­sonville State and went on to coach at Sono­rav­ille and Car­roll­ton high schools.

King suc­ceeded Frank Bar­den, who had coached the Hur­ri­canes for 18 years and led them to a state ti­tle be­fore mov­ing to Stephens County.

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