WBHF learned from Cartersville City Schools Superintendent Marc Feurbach 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 FBS 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 “

Feurbach said that King should announce next week which program he will be joining. He said that the school was not “shocked” that King took this opportunity, but admitted that while he was happy for the former coach, he was also saddened by the news.

King had a record of 67-4 with the Cartersville Purple Hurricanes in his five seasons as head coach. He won two state championships in 2015 and 2016 and played in the championship game in every season but one (2017) during his tenure.

Stay tuned to WBHF for more updates on this developing story.