Former CFL player and assistant coach Kahlil Carter has been named the new head coach of the Cologne Centurions.
The 46-year-old served as the defensive backs coach for the Calgary Stampeders for three years (2015-2017) before becoming the defensive coordinator of the Montreal Alouettes. He resigned suddenly prior to training camp citing personal reasons and transitioned into a role in the team’s scouting department.
The Arkansas native was a versatile defensive back who played in the CFL, NFL, NFL Europe, and Arena Football League. He was a member of the Toronto Argonauts and Montreal Alouettes and played 35 games from 2005 to 2008, recording 75 tackles, 10 special teams tackles, 10 interceptions, and three defensive touchdowns.
“I am excited and honoured to be named the new head coach of the Cologne Centurions. My family and I are truly blessed to be a part of such a great football organization with such historical and future potential for success. My job will be to focus on developing this team and its players into a team that you will want to watch and support,” said Carter in a statement.
“From my time in NFL Europe as a player until now as I return to Europe, I have enjoyed seeing the progress that pro football has made especially in Germany and I hope that 2023 will be a statement year for our team and the entire ELF football family. We Will Work to Win in 2023. Don’t miss a moment! From my family to yours….GO CENTURIONS!”
The Centurions play in the European League of Football (ELF) and finished 3-9 this past season before parting ways with head coach Frank Roser. The team’s roster is made up primarily of German-born players.
“We are pleased to have Coach Carter as our head coach for the upcoming season. He is a young and hungry coach with drive — he always wants to win!” said general manager David Drane in a statement. “With this positive attitude and his experience both as a coach and as a player at the highest level, we believe we have the right person to lead the Centurions into the new season!”