Charlie Cobb enters his third year at the helm of the Georgia State Department of Athletics, leading a transformation for the program throughout campus and the city of Atlanta.
Cobb was hired in August of 2014 to build a winning program “the right way” per President Mark Becker. Since his hire, multiple new facilities have opened, while student-athletes maintained above a 3.0 Grade Point Average for the eighth-straight year, including a record 3.18 GPA in spring 2016. Georgia State also received the Sun Belt’s Institutional Graduation Award once again in 2016, the second time the department has been honored since returning to the Sun Belt in 2013.
Cobb has overseen the construction of a new weight room at the football practice complex along with a practice facility for basketball and volleyball next to the Sports Arena. Next on the list is the University’s concept for redeveloping Turner Field into a mixed-use area inclusive of sporting venues.
On the field, the Panthers have garnered unprecedented success as football earned its first-ever appearance in a bowl game in 2015, just months after the men’s basketball team pulled off a shocking upset in the NCAA tournament. Georgia State programs have combined to win three Sun Belt Conference championships in his first two seasons.
Before returning to Atlanta, Cobb spent nine years as the Director of Athletics at Appalachian State.
Previously he worked for six years honing his business acumen with the Atlanta Sports Council, the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl and the Georgia Dome, before his first venture into college athletics as an administrator at his alma mater, NC State.
Through the implementation of the department’s strategic plan, Cobb is focused on building a Culture of Success at Georgia State based on five themes: Academic Achievement, Competitive Greatness, Ethical Behavior, Social Responsibility, and Community Engagement.
Those ideals helped him build and maintain a high-performing program at App State. The Mountaineers: won three consecutive Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) national championships, the first three-peat in FCS history. They also brought home eight consecutive Commissioner’s Cup championships (top men’s sports program in the Southern Conference) and four Germann Cup championships (top women’s program). Together, they earned the men’s and women’s awards in the same academic year four times.
At App State, Cobb helped create $50 million in facilities improvements as the Mountaineers’ fundraising efforts that reached all-time highs, including surpassing the $3 million mark. The jewel of the construction projects was the seven-story Appalachian Athletics Center and the campaign also produced new homes for Mountaineer baseball, softball and soccer, as well as a new indoor practice facility.
The 48-year-old Cobb was a four-year letterwinner as a football player at NC State. He graduated with honors with a bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1990 and earned a master’s degree in sports administration from Ohio in 1992. As a senior center, he was named to the All-ACC second team and was an All-ACC academic selection. He was awarded the prestigious Atlantic Coast Conference’s Jim Tatum Award, which recognizes the senior football player with the highest GPA.
Cobb and his wife, Lindsay, have a son and daughter, 19-year-old Harrison, a freshman basketball player at Hampden Sydney College, and 15-year-old Branan, who is a high school sophomore. Lindsay Cobb was an All-ACC goalkeeper for the NC State women’s soccer team from 1988-90.