Kahlil Carter | Calgary Stampeders

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Team: Calgary Stampeders
Organization: Pro Football
Position: Defensive Backs Coach
League: Canadian Football League
Hometown: Washington, DC


Carter enters his third season as the Stamps’ defensive backs coach.

The Stamps defensive back group produced three CFL all-stars in 2016 including halfback Jamar Wall as well as cornerbacks Tommie Campbell and Ciante Evans. Calgary allowed a league low of 7.3 yards per pass attempt and the opposition’s 65.4-per cent completion rate was the second-lowest figure in the CFL. The defensive backs were part of a Stamps defence that allowed the fewest points in the CFL.

In 2015, he oversaw a corps that helped limit opposing offences to a 22 passing touchdowns, tied for a league low, and was second in the CFL in total pass yards allowed. Calgary’s defensive backs picked off opposing quarterbacks 18 times for 301 yards including a 98-yard interception returned for a touchdown by Keon Raymond. Safety Joshua Bell received his first West Division all-star nod.

Carter has previously coached at various levels and leagues including arena football, high school, college and professional. The Washington, D.C., native is also a former CFL player as he was a defensive back for four seasons for the Toronto Argonauts and Montreal Alouettes.

Carter spent the 2012 and 2013 seasons as defensive backs coach at Drake University. In 2012, he guided the Bulldogs to a second-place finish in the conference in pass defence with just 185 passing yards allowed per game as Drake won a share of the conference championship. The following year, Drake ranked third in the 12-team conference with 224.7 passing yards allowed per game and first in total defence.

His previous college coaching experience came in 2010 when he served as secondary coach at Graceland University.

In 2014, he was defensive pass game and special teams coordinator for the Blacktips in the Fall Experimental Football League, a development league for the NFL. Carter was defensive coordinator for the Trenton Steel of the Southern Indoor Football League in the spring of 2011 and coached defensive backs for Valley High School in West Des Moines, Iowa, in the fall of the same year, helping the school win a state championship. He returned to Valley in 2014. In 2015, he was defensive coordinator for the Indoor Football League’s Cedar Rapids Titans.

Carter’s coaching career began while he was still an active CFL player as he assisted the coaching staff of arena football’s Arkansas Twisters in 2007. He was also a player/coach with the AFL’s Iowa Barnstormers in 2010.

During his playing career, Carter made stops in numerous leagues and showed great versatility as at various points he played quarterback, defensive back, receiver and linebacker. He played with the Argos as a defensive back from 2005-07 and recorded 68 tackles, 10 special-teams tackles, one sack and eight interceptions in 31 games.

He played four games for the Montreal Alouettes in 2008 and had seven tackles and two interceptions. He had three interception returns for touchdown and one fumble recovery return for a touchdown during his CFL career.

The bulk of the rest of Carter’s professional career was spent in the Arena Football League including a stint with the Toronto Phantoms in 2002. He signed with NFL’s Buffalo Bills in 2004 and was assigned to the Scottish Claymores of NFL Europe.

Carter played the first three years of his collegiate career at the University of Arkansas before transferring to Southern Arkansas for his senior season.

Kahlil Carter’s Coaching History

2015-17 – Calgary Stampeders (CFL) – Defensive Backs
2015 – Cedar Rapids Titans (IFL) – Defensive Coordinator
2014 – Blacktips (FXFL) – Defensive pass game and special teams coordinator
2012-13 – Drake (NCAA) – Defensive Backs
2011 – Valley High School (Iowa) – Defensive Backs
2011 – Trenton Steel (SIFL) – Defensive Coordinator
2010 – Graceland (NAIA) – Defensive Backs
2010 – Iowa Barnstormers (AFL) – Player/Coach
2007 – Arkansas Twisters (af2) – Defensive pass game and special teams coordinator

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