TOWSON, Md. – Veteran Coach Rubin Carter, a football coach at the collegiate and professional level for nearly 25 years, has been named as the Defensive Line Coach at Towson University, it has been announced by Coach Rob Ambrose.
Coach Carter will join the program in time for the start of the Tigers’ pre-season camp next week.
A native of Pompano Beach, Fla., Carter was the head coach at Florida A&M University from 2005 to 2007. In three seasons, he led FAMU to a 16-17 record, including a 7-4 mark in 2006. Most recently, he was the Defensive Line Coach at the University of New Mexico where he worked with Head Coach Mike Locksley, a 1992 Towson graduate.
“Rubin Carter is a proven coach with plenty of success and experience,” said Coach Ambrose, the winner of the 2011 Eddie Robinson Award as the FCS National Coach of the Year. “He is a great mentor for young men and he is a tremendous addition to our staff.”
A 1975 graduate of the University of Miami (Fla.), Carter earned his degree in business administration. An All-American defensive lineman for the Hurricanes, he was the Most Valuable Player of the Hula Bowl in 1975. A 1992 inductee into Miami’s Hall of Fame, Carter was drafted in the fifth round of the NFL draft by Denver.
During an outstanding 12-year career with the Broncos, Carter appeared in 152 games for Denver as a member of the Broncos’ legendary “Orange Crush” defense. During his career with Denver, he was a member of two American Football Conference (AFC) championship teams and helped the Broncos win five AFC West titles. Carter played in Super Bowl XII against Dallas and Super Bowl XXI against the New York Giants.
The winner of the NFL’s Ed Block Courage Award in 1986, he finished his career with 1,036 tackles and 33 sacks.
After he retired, Carter got his start in coaching when Dan Reeves hired him as an assistant coach with the Broncos. He spent the 1987 and 1988 seasons as a member of the Denver staff.
In 1989, he started his college coaching career when he was named as the Defensive Coordinator at Howard University. He joined former Denver teammate Steve Wilson’s staff at Howard. In five years as a member of the Howard staff, he helped the Bison post a 34-22 record. In his first season, Howard compiled an 8-3 record. In 1993, he was a member of Howard’s Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference championship team. During the 1993 season, Howard went 11-0 in the regular season and lost to Marshall in the NCAA I-AA playoffs.
During his tenure at Howard, Carter coached against Towson twice. In 1990, he was part of a Howard team that lost to the Tigers, 17-7. In 1993, he helped Howard pull out a 44-41 victory on the final play of the game, preserving the Bison’s undefeated season.
After his stint at Howard, Coach Carter joined the coaching staff at San Jose State. He was the Spartans’ Defensive Line Coach in 1995 and 1996. In 1997, he joined Coach Ron Vanderlinden’s staff at the University of Maryland where he was the Terrapins’ Defensive Line Coach.
After two seasons in College Park, Coach Carter returned to the NFL as the Defensive Line Coach for the Washington Redskins. As a member of Coach Norv Turner’s staff, he helped the Redskins compile a 19-15 two-year record. In his first season in Washington, the Redskins posted a 10-6 record and qualified for the NFL playoffs. After a 27-13 win over Detroit, Washington dropped a 14-13 decision to Tampa Bay in the playoffs. In 2000, he was part of a Redskins team that finished with an 8-8 record.
In 2001, he joined the New York Jets’ coaching staff when Herm Edwards was named as the Jets’ new head coach. In three years with the Jets, he was their Defensive Line Coach and helped them win 25 of 48 regular season games in addition to earning back-to-back playoff appearances. In 2001, the Jets had a 10-6 record and made the playoffs. One year later, New York posted a 9-7 mark and tied for first place in the AFC East, earning another playoff appearance.
He returned to college football coaching in 2004 when Coach Bobby Wallace hired him to be part of his Temple University staff. He spent one season at Temple as the Owls’ Defensive Line Coach. After the 2004 season, he received his first opportunity to be a head coach when Florida A&M hired him.
In 2009, he joined Coach Locksley’s staff at New Mexico. Carter had worked with Locksley at Maryland.
A member of the Florida Track & Field Hall of Fame and the Fort Lauderdale Hall of Fame, he and his wife, Karen, are the parents of four children, Andre, Diandra, Alvin and Joshua.
Their oldest son, Andre, is an 11-year NFL veteran who played for the AFC champion New England Patriots last season. An outstanding defensive end, he is a product of the University of California who was a first round draft pick by San Francisco in 2001. He played five years with the 49ers and five seasons with Washington before joining the Patriots last year.
Coach Carter is joining a Tiger coaching staff that led Towson to a 9-3 record last season and its first Colonial Athletic Association championship.
He will be working with some talented defensive linemen at Towson, including senior defensive end Frank Beltre. A pre-season All-American selection, Beltre is a third-year starter for the Tigers. He is one of three returning starters on the defensive line for the Tigers. Senior defensive end Romale Tucker and senior defensive tackle Matt Morgan also return.
Towson opens its season at Kent State University on Thursday, August 30 at 7:00 p.m.