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.

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Jordan Snyder is the Editor-in-Chief for the Niner Times and has been working with the newspaper since October 2013. He is a communications major with a minor in film studies.

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