02/07/2019 2:38 PM -
GREENSBORO - Cobras assistant coach Ameer Ismail has been promoted to Defensive Coordinator.
The reigning NAL Coach of the Year was signed on to the Cobras last month as an assistant coach, stepping down from his position as head coach of the Massachusetts Pirates. There, he led the Pirates to the best record in the NAL at 11-5.
Ismail will be taking over the vacancy left by former DC Brian Schmidt, who has been recently promoted to Vice President of Business.
“When we added Coach Ismail a month ago the plan was for him to assist on the defensive side of the ball, but with the promotion of Coach Schmidt the defense is now in his hands,” says head coach Billy Back. “What Schmidt established last season, the players we have added on that side of the ball and what Coach Ameer brings to the table this season.. I’m pretty excited to see what our defense can accomplish in 2019.”
Ismail is from Lansing, Michigan, where he went on to play football for Western Michigan University. While attending school there he set the NCAA record for most sacks in a game with six, and acquired his Master's degree in Sports Management and Administration.