Charlie Coe, who served as running back coach at Pittsburgh for four years and as assistant head coach to Johnny Majors for three seasons, is beginning his sixth year at The University of Memphis. Coe, who had worked for three years as running backs coach for the Tigers, was promoted to assistant head coach and receivers coach in 2000.
In 2001, Coe inherited a group of young receivers which included Antoine Harden and Darron White and turned them into one of the most productive groups in Tiger history. White was named to the Conference USA All-Freshman team while Harden led the league in average yards per reception in 2001.
While working at the U of M, Coe was responsible for the development of running backs Gerard Arnold and Teofilo Riley. Arnold broke the single season rushing record in 1998 by gaining 1,059 yards and Riley went over 1,000 career yards rushing during the 1998 season and had a team best 190 yards rushing against Arkansas State.
In 1998, Tiger backs gained 1,534 yards rushing, averaging 139.5 yards per game. Arnold had 1,059 yards breaking the 35-year old mark set by the late Dave Casinelli.
Coe, who joined Majors' staff at Pittsburgh in 1993, served as the run offense coordinator for the Panthers for one season. In each of his first two seasons at Pitt, the Panthers had a 1,000 yard rusher- Curtis Martin in 1993 and Billy West in 1994.
Prior to joining the staff at Pitt, Coe coached the receivers and running backs for the University of Tennessee from 1990-92 under Majors. He has also had coaching stints at his alma mater Kansas State (1989), the University of Missouri (1985-88), the University of Louisville (1983-84), Ball State University (1982), the University of Cincinnati (1977-79) and the University of Iowa (1976).
Coe has served a fellowship with the Dallas Cowboys in 1992 and 1996, with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1995 and with the Cleveland Browns in 1994. The 52-year old has also worked with the Kansas City Chiefs and the New York Jets under the NFL Fellowship program. He was named as the offensive coordinator for the North squad in the 1994 Blue-Gray All-Star game.
A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Coe played defensive back and return specialist for Kansas State in 1970. He was named All-Big Eight Conference in baseball as a second baseman in 1971.
He was drafted in the first round of the 1971 Major League Draft by the Detroit Tigers and spent two years in their system. After professional baseball, he entered professional football and spent part of the 1974 season with the St. Louis Cardinals.
Coe is married to the former Debbie Moore and the couple has five children, Rodney, Chuck, Cecily, Michael and Ashleigh.
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