However, since Barden resigned from the position on Feb. 16, there has been uncertainty surrounding who would lead the Purple Hurricanes in the 2014 season.
That will change today as the Cartersville City Schools Board of Education will vote at 5 p.m. on naming Carrollton High offensive coordinator Raymond “Joey” King as head football coach at Cartersville.
“We had a committee of four community representatives and three school people, and they interviewed a number of people. I spoke with each member of the committee, individually, and he was the top candidate for all seven people,” Dr. Howard Hinesley, superintendent of the Cartersville City School System, said Wednesday. “They articulated to me that he will bring, not only some youth to our community with a young family, but also had some very strong recommendations from some very strong football people. He’s intelligent as well as he brings with him a set of core values that are consistent with what Cartersville is looking for. He’ll be a real asset to our community.”
King served as the offensive coordinator at Carrollton for the last six seasons. During that time, his team made two trips to the GHSA state championship game, most recently this past season in Class AAAA.
In 2013, King’s offense averaged roughly 43 points and nearly 261 rushing yards per game.
King will be voted on by the Cartersville City School Board at 15 Nelson St. at 5 p.m., when Hinesley will recommend King.
“My job was to make sure that we had a process in place that everybody was given an opportunity to be interviewed that we thought was qualified and we did that very successfully,” Hinesley said. “We’re pleased that [King] accepted our offer.
“The school board owns the final decision, but I’m confident based on conversations with the board members I talked to that we have strong support. They were very pleased with the people who volunteered to serve [on the hiring committee]. [The school board] is comfortable that there was good booster club representation, parents and good diversity on the committee to represent our community. So I feel confident that they will accept our recommendation.”
King graduated from Cedartown High and attended Carson-Newman College on a football scholarship, where he had a notable career as a quarterback. While at Carson-Newman, King helped lead his team to three South Atlantic Conference Championships.
He graduated from Carson-Newman in 2005 with a degree in health and physical education.
King spent a year at Jacksonville State University where he worked with quarterbacks and wide receivers.
He also served as the director of football operations. He received a master’s degree from Jacksonville State in 2007 before moving to Sonoraville High, where he coached the quarterbacks and running backs.