Joshua Carter Returns to Muhlenberg as Assistant Football Coach

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

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Joshua Carter More than a decade after he was one of the top kick returners in college football, Joshua Carter is making another big return – this one to his alma mater.

Carter has been hired to the coaching staff of the Muhlenberg football team as quarterbacks/wide receivers coach and special teams coordinator. He replaces Trey Brown, who recently left to become the head coach at Wilkes.

Joshua Carter Carter played for the Mules from 1998 to 2001 and rewrote the record book, setting still-standing school records for career yards (2,189), average (29.2) and touchdowns (4) on kickoff returns, yards (1,550) on punt returns, all-purpose yards in a career (6,642) and game (344), touchdown receptions in career (33), season (14) and game (4) and career receiving yards (2,733). He also tied the mark for career receptions (169).

Some of those marks have stood up on a national level as well. More than 10 years after his graduation, Carter still holds the all-time Division III records for career yards on punt returns and combined yards on kick returns (3,739). Entering the 2013 season, his career average on kickoff returns ranked sixth in Division III history and 26th among all NCAA levels. He was named to’s 2000s All-Decade Team in 2011.

A three-year All-American, Carter was named to the All-Centennial Conference first team five times (three as a kick returner and two as a wide receiver) and was CC offensive player of the year in 2000. Also a standout on the baseball field, where he hit .348, stole a school-record 86 bases and pitched a no-hitter, Carter was inducted into the Muhlenberg College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007.

After graduating in 2002, Carter served as an assistant football and baseball coach at Rye Country Day School (N.Y.) and Muhlenberg. He also was an assistant football coach at Lafayette and Fordham before taking some time away from the coaching profession.

Carter joins a Muhlenberg football program that has earned postseason berths 10 of the last 14 seasons – a run that began with an ECAC berth following his junior season. Last year, the Mules were 8-3 and hosted the ECAC South Atlantic Bowl. Among the players Carter will inherit in his new role are quarterback Nick Palladino, the 2013 Centennial Conference rookie of the year, and 1,000-yard wide receiver Cody Geyer, whose speed and big-play ability drew comparisons to Carter last year.