Lewis Carter has been chosen to be the next football coach at Columbus East High School, ThisWeekSPORTS.com has learned.
After serving as an assistant at Mifflin for three seasons, Carter was the linebackers coach last fall for Northland as it advanced to the Division I playoffs for the first time.
Carter takes over for Mike White, who resigned at season's end after coaching the Tigers to a 35-95 record in 13 seasons. East's only winning season during White's tenure came in 1999 when it went 8-3 and made the Division II playoffs.
The Tigers, who also posted 5-5 finishes in 2006 and '08, went 1-9 last season with their only win coming over Linden-McKinley (18-14) in their regular-season finale.
Eastmoor assistant Grady Parks is expected to join Carter's coaching staff.
"I've been an assistant for two great teams, and I felt like it was my time," Carter said. "(Making the playoffs last fall) was a great experience. One of the reasons (East has struggled), after talking to some of the kids, is that morale was down. They'll have a new coaching staff and they know that I played in college and (professionally), so I think more players will be out there competing."
Carter, who also is Whetstone's junior varsity B boys basketball coach, has been working safety and security in Columbus City Schools for two years including this school year at East.
Nicknamed "Bam" as a player, Carter was a linebacker for the University of Cincinnati and served as a captain as a senior in 2001. He then played middle linebacker for five seasons for the Fort Wayne Freedom of the National Indoor Football League and was the team's all-team leading tackler.
"He's young and excited for the job, and he's a defensive guy," East athletics director Corinne Taylor said.