King named to USF coaching staff


The University of South Florida announced Monday the hiring of former Cartersville High School head coach Joey King as its new tight ends coach. King, who was the Hurricanes’ head coach will join the staff of Trevor Lawrence’s former co-offensive coordinator at Clemson — Jeff Scott. Scott, who will replaced former Bulls’ head coach Charlie Strong, was introduced as USF’s new head coach on December 11 and made the decision December 16 to not retain any of Strong’s assistants. “We are excited to have Joey join our staff,” Scott said. “I got to know him well during our recruitment of Trevor Lawrence at Clemson and he had great success coaching Trevor and leading Cartersville High School to a pair of state titles. He also brings great experience as former student-athlete and as an active member of the community off the field.” King went 67-4 in five seasons as Cartersville’s head coach, reaching four 4A state championship games and winning two. That success led him to Coastal Carolina, where he spent this season as the Chanticleers’ wide receivers coach. King is the fourth member of Scott’s first staff at South Florida, headlined by former Oklahoma State and Florida Atlantic defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer. A former South Atlantic Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year award recipient and one of just two Division II student-athletes named to the AFCA Allstate Good Works Team while at Carson-Newman, King reached 50 wins faster than any coach in Georgia High School football history. During his five years at Cartersville, King was instrumental in the development of quarterback Trevor Lawrence, who led Clemson to an undefeated record and College Football Playoff national championship in his true freshman season of 2018 and has them unbeaten and in the CFP again in 2019. King also served as the offensive coordinator in the 2019 edition of the annual US Army All-American Bowl. Prior to his tenure at Cartersville, King coached at Carrollton and Sonoraville high schools after beginning his coaching career at Jacksonville State University. A native of Cedartown, Ga., King earned a bachelor's degree in physical education from Carson-Newman University in Tennessee in 2005 and a master's degree and education specialist degree from Jacksonville State. While at Carson-Newman, King played quarterback and was a member of three NCAA playoff teams and three South Atlantic Conference championship teams. King passed for 600 yards in his career with two touchdowns and tallied 424 yards and five career scores on the ground. He was a member of the SAC Commissioner's Honor Roll and Carson-Newman Dean's List. King and his wife, Ashley, have three children Jay, Ty, and Jesse.

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