Charlotte 49ers head football coach Will Healy has hired South Carolina assistant Joe Cox as tight ends coach. A former Gatorade North Carolina State Player of the Year as a star quarterback at Charlotte’s Independence High School, Cox played collegiately at Georgia and coached locally at Mallard Creek High School before entering the college coaching ranks.
“We are thrilled to bring Joe home to Charlotte,” Healy said. “His passion and energy will be an excellent fit with our staff. He’s a young guy with a ton of big-time experience with terrific coaches and programs. I cannot wait for everyone to get to know him this spring.”
“The energy around Charlotte football is incredible,” Cox said. “You feel it with everyone in the building, from the coaches, support staff, all the way to the players. This city means so much to me and to have the opportunity to be a part of this program, under the direction that Coach Healy has set is unbelievable. I can’t wait to do something special here and help set a standard that makes the city of Charlotte and Niner Nation proud.”
Cox served as wide receivers coach at South Carolina in 2020 following a five-year run at Colorado State, where he was reunited with his Georgia offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Mike Bobo. Under Bobo at CSU, Cox coached wide receivers in 2019 and tight ends from 2016-18. He began his college career there as a graduate assistant.
Prior to heading at Colorado State, Cox helped Charlotte’s Mallard Creek High School to back–to-back state championships as quarterbacks coach in 2013 and offensive coordinator in 2014.