Charlotte 49ers assistant football coach Phil Ratliff was hospitalized Monday night after “suffering a cardiac event,” according to a statement released by the school Tuesday.
“The Ratliff family and the 49ers football program are thankful for the many prayers and well-wishes being sent their way by friends, family and fans,” the statement said. “Complete details are not available (Tuesday) and we urge individuals to avoid speculation out of respect for the family.”
Ratliff, 44, is Charlotte’s offensive line coach and recruiting coordinator. He has been with the 49ers program since 2012 and previously was tight ends coach at Marshall and an assistant at James Madison. Ratliff was a two-time All-American offensive lineman at Marshall, where he was captain of the 1992 national championship team.
Behind Ratliff’s offensive line, the 49ers averaged 38.9 points and 486.9 yards per game last season. Charlotte will begin preseason practice Thursday.