The Langley Rams have a new head coach, as Khari Joseph has replaced Jeff Alamolhoda as the junior football team’s bench boss.
“I’m extremely excited,” Joseph said. Football is my passion and to be the head coach of an organization such as the Rams, and for the Rams to give me an opportunity, I’m really grateful and humbled by it.”
Joseph, 37, is a native of Montreal and graduate of Laurenhill Academy, and played community football for the St. Laurent Spartans and junior football for the North Shore Broncos of the QJFL.
He was the Broncos’ rookie of the year in 1996 and Defensive Player of the Year in 1998.
Joseph played three seasons for Brian Dobie’s Bisons at the University of Manitoba and was honoured as a CIS Canada West All Star in 2005.
He joined the Rams coaching staff in 2012 and put together a Cullen Cup winning defensive unit that was considered by many as the best in the nation.
Prior to joining the Rams, Joseph was a member of the CJFL Winnipeg Rifles staff for five seasons, four as defensive backs coach and one as the Rifles defensive coordinator.
Alamolhoda notified the club that he would not be returning due to personal reasons.
Joseph said Alamolhoda is a mentor to him, and is the reason why he came to B.C.
“The reason I’m here is because of him,” Joseph said. “He’s a good friend of mine and he’s not going to be too far. I’m going to lean on him heavily for his expertise and experience, because he’s [been the Rams’ head coach] for five years.”
The ultimate goal is to bring a Canadian Bowl title to Langley, Joseph said.
The Rams fell short in their bid this past year, losing 28-27 to the Vancouver Island Raiders in the B.C. Football Conference playoff semifinal at Caledonia Park in Nanaimo.
The loss dashed Rams’ hopes of making a fifth consecutive Cullen Cup (BCFC final) showing.
During the regular season, the Rams finished third in the BCFC with a 6-4 record.
Now, Joseph is looking forward to the challenge of leading the Rams when the 2016 campaign rolls around next summer. He said he’s ready for the added pressure.
“Pressure comes along with anything,” Joseph said. “In the last year, I was the assistant head coach and there were times when Jeff was unavailable and I had to step up and take on that role.”
He said this helped him prepare for what’s ahead in 2016.
“What’s more important for me is being surrounding myself with good people. It’s not a one-man show. I might be the head coach but I’ll be willing to have people help me to get us to where we need to go. Football is the ultimate team sport, from players to coaches.”