Cologne have named Achim Beierlorzer as their new head coach following their successful promotion back to the Bundesliga.
The 51-year-old joins from 2. Bundesliga club Jahn Regensburg, having agreed to a two-year contract.
"Everyone who knows me, knows how important new challenges are for me," he told Cologne's website.
"Therefore, when the offer from Cologne to work in the Bundesliga arrived, I didn't waste a second, especially at such a big, traditional club with such fans. I'm massively looking forward to it."
Beierlorzer succeeds Andre Pawlak, who was in charge on a temporary basis following the departure of Markus Anfang in April.
Cologne, relegated to the second tier last season, secured promotion as champions with a 4-0 win over Greuther Furth last week.