Charlotte 49ers Offensive Line Coach Phil Ratliff died Sunday at the age of 44.
Ratliff joined the 49er football program on Jan. 1, 2012 and coached for the team’s first three seasons.
Charlotte 49er Athletics released the following statement:
“The Charlotte 49ers regretfully announce the passing of coach Phil Ratliff, today. He was surrounded by family and friends. His adoring wife, Jenni, was by his side.
He was an amazing man and was loved by all who knew him. We appreciate the continued thoughts and prayers for the Ratliff family. They are beyond grateful for the overwhelming love and support.
The family appreciates your respect for their privacy during this difficult period.”
He’s survived by his wife, Jenni, and children, Haley and Dylan. Memorial service arrangements have yet to be announced.
Reactions from Twitter:
As great of a coach and player as he was, Phil Ratliff was a better man and father. RIP good buddy…til we see you again!
— Grant Traylor (@GrantTraylor) August 9, 2015
Your legacy is measured by the lives you touch and inspire. Phil Ratliff left one of the biggest legacies of all. Prayers for his family.
— Cara Consuegra (@cconsuegra) August 9, 2015
My thoughts are with the Ratliff family and the entire @Charlotte49ers community. Phil was a tremendous person and a true son of Marshall.
— Mike Hamrick (@TheHerdAD) August 9, 2015
Our condolences on the passing of Phil Ratliff, a member of the '04 national title coaching staff. Our thoughts are with the Ratliff family.
— JMU Football (@JMUFootball) August 9, 2015