Berlin Adler Fire Coach Two Weeks After Winning EuroBowl

Germany’s Berlin Adler fire head coach Kim Kuci after 56-7 loss to Braunschweig Lions


Kim Kuci has been fired as coach of the Berlin Adler, a few days after losing 56-7  in a GFL regular season game against the New Yorker Lions – the worst Adler loss since 2001 – but only a week after winning the Big6 title and their second Eurobowl title, defeating the reigning German champion from Braunschweig 20-17.

Offensive coach Johnny Schmuck and Defensive Coach Jag Bal will lead the Adler for the remainder of the season. Offensive Line Coach Eric Schramm, also head coach of the Adler Youth Team, was named Sports Director.

Johnny Schmuck, Jag Bal

Johnny Schmuck, Jag Bal

Schramm_Photograper Kai Hoepner

Erick Schramm

“We don’t want to deny Mr. Kuci’s coaching qualities. But we had different opinions on many other levels and wanted to re-direct the club,”  ”We thank Kim Kuci for his extraordinary commitment, which led us to the Eurobowl and wish him all the best for his professional future,” the Adler said in a statement.

Kuci addressed the media on Thursday.

“I received a call first and an e-mail afterwards, where I was informed about my release. I was shocked, sad and stunned. From a competitive standpoint we were right on track. The team still has a chance to play for the GFL championship. I would have loved to stay with the team and finish the season in dignity.”

The Adler are currently fifth in the GFL North Division.  Only the top four teams advance to the playoffs, but there a still five games left, all home games. On Sunday the Adler will face the EFAF Cup champion Kiel Baltic Hurricanes against whom they have lost the last 10 league meetings since 2010.

Björn Hesse
Björn Hesse is a contributor writer from Berlin, Germany. Having been a Frankfurt Galaxy fan since childhood, he played linebacker for the Leipzig Lions in Germany’s third league (Regionalliga-Ost) from 2003 to 2008. He worked as a PR intern for the Galaxy during the 2006 season when the team won its fourth and final World Bowl title in Düsseldorf against the Amsterdam Admirals. Since 2014, Björn has worked for the Berlin Adler – the reigning Euro Bowl champions – in PR and Social Media Marketing. He currently writes about the Berlin Adler and the Indianapolis Colts for the German magazine HUDDLE and www.football-aktuell.de and contributes to American Football International. You can reach him via his Twitter handle.
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