ELF: Stuttgart Surge Sign LB Luis Bach

The Stuttgart Surge have announced that they have signed linebacker Luis Bach ahead of the 2023 European League of Football season.

The 28-year-old German spent last season with the Schwäbisch Hall Unicorns of the German Football League.  With the Unicorns, the powerhouse team of the league, Bach recorded 39 total tackles in 10 games, which tied him for 2nd on the team.  He also proved to be very effective in the passing game, as he recorded three interceptions as well.  As a leader on the Unicorns’ defense, Bach helped his team finish the regular season undefeated at 10-0 and coast their way to a championship in the playoffs.

After growing up playing in the Franken Knights organization, Bach enrolled at the University of Wyoming in the Mountain West conference at the Division I level in the United States.  In his lone season with the Cowboys in 2015, he appeared in seven games and earned All-Mountain West academic honors.  He then transferred to Black Hills State University in South Dakota at the Division II level.  Over three seasons with the Hornets, he tallied 145 total tackles, along with 2.5 sacks and four interceptions.  After moving back to Germany, Bach signed with the Unicorns in 2021, and played with them for the next two seasons.

Bach becomes yet another member of the Unicorns to make the move to the ELF, more specifically to the Stuttgart Surge.  Stuttgart’s new coach, Jordan Neuman, comes to the team this season following a highly successful run with the Unicorns over the past several seasons.  The Surge have already brought in a few players that Neuman coached in Schwäbisch Hall, such as receiver Bryce Nunnelly and defensive back Mitch Fettig, and now Bach joins his former teammates in the ELF.

The Surge have been probably the least successful franchise in the ELF over the league’s first two seasons, as they have racked up just 2 wins in that timespan (including a winless season last season).  The team is hoping that the influx of Unicorns and other new talent can help them put some more wins together in 2023.

A current student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Carter played football in high school and has been a lifelong avid football fan.