|Position:||Director of Athletics|
Charlie Cobb enters his sixth year at the helm of the Georgia State Department of Athletics and fifteenth as a Division I athletics director, 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 11th-straight year, including a record 3.3 GPA in spring 2017. Georgia State also received the Sun Belt's Institutional Graduation Award twice under his tenure.
Among Cobb's biggest projects has been participating in the acquisition, purchase, and repurposing of Turner Field, transforming the former home of the Atlanta Braves to Georgia State Stadium. Phase One of the project was completed in August 2017 and includes new east side seating and an artificial surface field for the football team. Phase Two moved all football operations to the stadium earlier this year as part of a $300 million plan to transform the 68-acre site. Future construction plans include the completion of an ‘Athletics Neighborhood’ as part of the development, including a new Convocation Center, baseball stadium, softball stadium, soccer facility, and track and field venue. Later this year, the Bobby Jones Golf Practice Facility opens for our men’s and women’s golf teams.
On the field, the Panthers have garnered unprecedented success as football earned its first-ever appearance in a bowl game in 2015 and two years later winning the AutoNation Cure Bowl in Orlando. Men's basketball pulled off a shocking upset in the NCAA tournament in 2015 and returned again in 2018 and 2019. Since returning to the Sun Belt in 2013, men's basketball has won more games than any other program in the league.
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 returning to 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 51-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, 22-year-old Harrison, a senior at Hampden-Sydney College, and 18-year-old Branan, who plays softball at Centre College. Lindsay Cobb was an All-ACC goalkeeper for the NC State women's soccer team from 1987-90 and is the current head soccer coach at Whitefield Academy.