Rick Carter helped recruit Matt Stainbrook to Western Michigan.
June 18, 2013
CINCINNATI --- Xavier University men’s basketball head coach Chris Mack announced today that he has filled the assistant coaching vacancy on his staff with the addition of Rick Carter, who has spent time working on the staffs at Michigan State, Fairfield and Western Michigan and most recently at Missouri. Mack is happy to welcome Carter, who has earned a reputation as a high-energy coach with a passion for teaching the game of college basketball.
“I am excited to be adding Rick Carter to our coaching staff,” said Xavier head coach Chris Mack. “I have known Rick since his days with Coach Izzo on the Michigan State staff. He is a tireless worker, coaches with great energy and will do a phenomenal job in every area of our program. He’s extremely bright, engaging and will capture the attention of former, current and future players.”
Carter, 34, played a key role in several areas during his year at Missouri, including skill development, scouting and recruiting and helped Missouri reach the NCAA Tournament. Carter helped develop the likes of Phil Pressey and Alex Oriakhi, while being a key part of gathering a 2013 recruiting class that was ranked in the 25 nationally.
Carter came to Mizzou following a four-year stint at Western Michigan University, 2008-12, and boasts strong ties to the Michigan high school and AAU circuits. One of the players he helped recruit and bring to Western Michigan was Matt Stainbrook, who has since transferred to Xavier and is one of the captains for the 2013-14 Musketeers.
During his four seasons at Western Michigan from 2008-12, Carter used his impressive AAU ties to link the school to its all-time leading scorer, David Kool. Named Mr. Basketball in the state of Michigan as a high school senior, Carter coached Kool at the AAU level and the standout twice led the Mid-American Conference in scoring and he was named MAC Player of the Year and an All-American as a senior in 2010, averaging 21.6 points per game. Kool was the MAC's Freshman of the Year in 2007 and was named the MAC Player of the Decade by Rivals.com. Overall WMU won a pair of MAC West titles during Carter's four seasons and advanced to postseason play in 2011 with a 21-13 overall mark.
Overall Carter has spent the last 10 years working in college basketball and got his start as a graduate assistant at his alma mater, Michigan State, under Tom Izzo from 2003-06, helping to coordinate several aspects of the Spartan's day-to-day operations, including video exchange, practice planning, scouting operations and the academic support program. Michigan State advanced to the 2005 NCAA Final Four during his second season and the Spartans qualified for three consecutive NCAA Tournaments in his three years.
Following his stint in East Lansing, Mich., Carter spent two seasons working for Ed Cooley (now head coach at Providence) at Fairfield. In his first season, 2006-07, Carter served as the Director of Basketball Operations. Carter was elevated to a full-time assistant coach in 2007-08 and helped Fairfield to a fifth place finish in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference with an 11-7 league record. The Stags finished above .500 in (MAAC) league play each season with Carter on staff, marking just the seventh and eighth times that had occurred in program history.
Carter began his coaching career with the Michigan Mustangs in 2000. He spent four seasons with the AAU powerhouse (2000-03, 2006) and in addition to coaching Kool, he also coached Atlanta Hawks standout Al Horford and former Michigan State star Drew Neitzel.
A native of Grand Blanc, Mich., Carter graduated from Michigan State in 2002 with a degree in business management.