Charlie Coffey

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Charlie Coffey
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1934-06-28)June 28, 1934
Bedford County, Tennessee[1]
Died August 24, 2015(2015-08-24) (aged 81)
Shelbyville, Tennessee
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1971–1973 Virginia Tech
Head coaching record
Overall 12–20–1

Charles Edward "Charlie" Coffey (June 28, 1934 – August 24, 2015) was an American football player and coach. He was a native of Shelbyville, Tennessee and attended the University of Tennessee to play football for General Robert Neyland. While at the University of Tennessee he played guard, lettered from 1953–55 and was selected as the team captain his senior year. Coffey also maintained the highest grade average for four years of any member of the UT squad.[2]

Coaching career[edit]

After graduating from the University of Tennessee, Coffey began his coaching career as an assistant football coach at Hialeah High School in Miami, Florida. Then he spent five years at Southeastern Louisiana State University. His next move was to George Washington University in Washington D.C., and then back to his alma mater for two years coaching for Jim McDonald and Doug Dickey.[2] The Shelbyville, Tenn., native went on to serve as an assistant football coach at the University of Tennessee, tutoring the defensive line from 1963-65.[3] In 1965, Coffey received an offer to join Frank Broyles’ staff at the University of Arkansas as defensive coordinator. During that time, Coffey was earning a reputation as a strong leader and an excellent football coach. After 5 years coaching at Arkansas with Broyles, three schools tried to recruit Coffey for their head coach positions. The first school he visited was Virginia Tech and in 1971 without even visiting the other schools, he became their Head Football Coach. Once he arrived in Blacksburg, Coffey established a potent passing attack, which resulted in Hokies quarterback Don Strock leading the nation in total passing and total offense in 1972. During his time in Blacksburg, he set the program awash in orange, made a whirlwind media tour of the state to promote the Virginia Tech football team and improved the athletic facilities. Most significantly, the new coach broke with Tech tradition and installed a pass-happy offense. Attendance at Virginia Tech football games increased to record breaking numbers. The highlight of the ’72 season came when Tech upset 19th-ranked Oklahoma State in Blacksburg.[2] After completing his three-season tenure from 1971 to 1973, he had compiled a 12-20-1 record.

Nationwide Express trucking[edit]

Coffey then entered the trucking business in 1975, and founded Nationwide Express trucking company in 1981.[2]


Coffey died at the age of 81 in his house in Shelbyville, Tennessee on August 24, 2015.[4][1]

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Virginia Tech Gobblers (NCAA University Division / Division I independent) (1971–1973)
1971 Virginia Tech 4–7
1972 Virginia Tech 6–4–1
1973 Virginia Tech 2–9
Virginia Tech: 12–20–1
Total: 12–20–1


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  2. ^ a b c d "COFFEY, CHARLES E". Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame. Retrieved 28 April 2013. 
  3. ^ "COFFEY, CUTCLIFFE, FORD, LOGAN AND WYANT TO BE HONORED BY LETTERMEN'S CLUB". University of Tennessee Sports. The University of Tennessee. Retrieved 28 April 2013. 
  4. ^ Bitter, Andy (August 24, 2015). "Former Hokies football coach Charlie Coffey dies at 81". 

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