Pirates Name King as Head Coach

by UFL Staff

CHARLESTON, SC-- The Charleston Pirates are proud to name former NFL and CFL player Jarriel King as the team's first Head Coach. 

Coach King is a former NFL, CFL, and Division 1 offensive lineman. He dominated on the offensive line with technique and pure nastiness. King was named to the All-Southeast Region team by PrepStar magazine. 

King graduated from North Charleston (S.C.) High School in 2005. Played in the 2004 North-South All-Star game and was later named to the Class AAA All-Defensive Team and rated the 11th-best player in the state by High School Sports Report. Rated the 22nd-best player in the state of South Carolina by PrepStar Magazine. While also being named first-team All-Low Country and first-team all-state. King was the Charleston Post & Courier Lineman of the Year. One of fifty players nationwide to be named to the 'Old Spice Red Zone Team, listed in the USA Today, King had an impressive senior prep season as he recorded 106 tackles, 21 tackles for loss, five forced fumbles, and three blocked kicks in 2004. He also dominated on the offensive side as a senior, as he was credited with 29 pancake blocks.

King then went on to accept a full scholarship to the University of South Carolina, where he was a part of what most claim to be the best USC team ever. King helped the Gamecocks defeat many high-profile teams such as Alabama, Georgia, LSU, Florida, and a steak of wins against rival Clemson Tigers. 

King was also selected and played in the NFLPA all-star game before graduating with his bachelor's in Sociology and a minor in Family Studies. 

The New York Football Giants would sign King in 2011 before eventually trading the South Carolina product to the Seattle Seahawks in 2012. 

King would begin his Canadian Football League (CFL) career with the Toronto Argonauts in 2013 and play four seasons in the CFL, eventually ending his CFL career with the Saskatchewan Roughriders in 2017. 

After his football career, King launched Overdrive Academy, a training academy dedicated to high-level offensive and defensive linemen development. 

The Pirates will kick off the 2023 season at home versus the Atlanta Wildcats. In addition, the Pirates will host home football games for their first two seasons in a modular football stadium to be built in metro Charleston. The team will announce additional details later this month. 

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