The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC

December 10, 2012


Jonathan Cobb to succeed his father as SWE coach


TARBORO — PINETOPS – SouthWest Edgecombe High School administration and athletics department has named Jonathan Cobb the new football coach for the Cougars.

Jonathan takes over a program that has had success over the past nine years after his father and former head coach Raymond Cobb took over in 2004.

The job became available after Raymond Cobb decided to step down after coaching in Edgecombe County for 25 years.

Jonathan was named the new head coach Monday at a press conference at the school after a seven member panel committee, school principal Marc Whichard and athletic director Sandra Langley did the interview process Saturday at the school and chose him to be his fathers successor.

There was over 30 applicants who applied for the job and then the administration narrowed it down to five before selecting Jonathan.

Jonathan will continue to follow his father's steps and try and continue to build the program in the positive direction.

Jonathan was a graduate of SouthWest in 2001 and feels honored to be able to come back and coach.

"I feel so honored that the administration and the community together have given me this opportunity," Cobb said. "I am honored that they believe in me to take over and become my fathers replacement because he has had an outstanding career."

Jonathan was the JV teams head coach for several years, before leaving the position, but he said the opportunity was right for him to come back and take over after his father retired.

"I grew up in a football house and my love for the game comes from my dad," Jonathan said. "Everything I know about coaching I have learned from him. Words just can't even describe how blessed and lucky I feel to start right here at SouthWest and start my head coaching career and build on the foundation that my father has put into place."

Raymond Cobb has carried the Cougars to the playoffs each of those nine seasons and posted a winning record while at the school. He finished his career with a 253-75 record.