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Juniata hires new FB coach

HUNTINGDON — The Juniata College Athletics Department announced the hiring of Josh Carter as the 23rd head coach of the football team Tuesday.

Carter brings over a decade of coaching experience to Juniata.

“We feel Josh is one of the top young coaches in the country and the absolute right person to take the reins of our football program at this moment in time,” Juniata AD Greg Curley said in a university statement.

“His experience in helping lead one of the top Division III football programs in the country, at a highly selective academic institution; his background as a proven recruiter, coach and teacher, his commitment to developing the entire student-athlete both on and off the field, his passion and vision for Juniata football combined with his character and values-based leadership philosophy align perfectly with our priorities and expectations for our football program.”

Carter spent the past six years as the special teams coordinator, as well as the quarterbacks and wide receivers coach at Muhlenberg College, his alma mater. He was responsible for coordinating all facets of the kicking game.

“Coming to Juniata is the realization of a dream for me,” Carter said in a statement.

I can’t say thank you enough for the support that has been given to me by family and friends throughout my life that have led me to this point.

“I’d like to thank President Troha, Greg Curley and the search committee for the opportunity to head a new era of Juniata Football. I’d also like to thank my Muhlenberg family for everything. Without all of the players, coaches, staff and administrative support over my playing and coaching career, I would not be standing where I am today.”

Carter also spent time as a safeties coach at Fordham University and as a wide receivers coach at Lafayette College in the mid-2000s.

Carter was an exceptional two-sport athlete in his time at Muhlenberg, as he was a standout football and baseball player. A three-year All-American, he 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.

He has also put together a stellar baseball career, 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 and was named to the D3Football All-Decade team in 2011.

Carter is the first African-American head coach of the Juniata football program and the third African-American to lead a Centennial Conference football team.

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