After leading the University of Nevada to one its most successful seasons in school history David Carter returns for his fourth year as the head coach of the Wolf Pack. With success comes rewards as Carter was named the 2012 Don Haskins Western Athletic Conference Coach of the Year and received a five-year contract extension that runs through June 2017.
Carter led the Wolf Pack to a 28-7 overall record and its sixth WAC regular season championship with a 13-1 mark. It was the fourth outright WAC title for Nevada.
Nevada advanced to postseason for the ninth time in 10 years and the National Invitation Tournament for the second time in three years under Carter. The Pack posted a couple of NIT firsts last season reaching the quarterfinals and winning a home game in the tournament, downing Bucknell 75-67.
The 28 wins tied the 1945-46 team for the second most wins in school history. The Pack put together a 16-game win streak that tied the school record set by the 1965-66 squad that went 21-6.
Nevada started the same five players in all 35 games and all five earned postseason recognition. Sophomore point guard Deonte Burton was named the WAC Player of the Year after earning Freshman of the Year honors in 2011. It was the sixth time a Pack player earned the WAC honor and second time for a coach Carter player as Luke Babbitt earned the honor in 2010. Burton was also named to the AP honorable mention and NABC District 6 teams.
Senior Olek Czyz joined Burton on the All-WAC first team. Senior Dario Hunt was a second-team WAC selection for the second year in a row and for the third time was named the WAC Defensive squad.
Sophomore Jerry Evans, Jr. joined Hunt on the WAC Defensive team. Junior guard Malik Story was named to the USBWA District VIII team, NABC District 6 second team and WAC honorable mention squad.
Carter led Nevada to its eighth consecutive postseason appearance and its seventh straight 20-win season in his first year at the helm. A very young team in year two posted a 13-19 mark and went 8-8 in WAC play.
In year three, the Carter-led Wolf Pack returned to the top of the league standings and he became just the second coach at Nevada to post two 20 win seasons.
After taking over as the head coach in 2009, Carter wasted no time in continuing the success that he had helped build in 10 years as a Wolf Pack assistant coach. He also became just the second first-year head coach in school history to win 20 games in his debut season.
Carter's first team turned in a 21-13 overall record, marking its seventh consecutive 20-win season and its ninth straight winning season. The Wolf Pack finished in a tie for second in the WAC with an 11-5 record, its seventh consecutive finish in the WAC's top two. Nevada also earned its eighth consecutive postseason appearance with a bid to the 2010 NIT, and won its opening-round postseason game for the fourth time in seven years.
Carter's up-tempo offense also broke several school records and ranked among the nation's best in 2009-10. Nevada scored 2,703 points in 2009-10 to break the school record for points scored, besting the mark of 2,632 that the Wolf Pack had in its 2006-07 campaign. The Wolf Pack led the WAC and ranked 14th in the nation in scoring, averaging 79.5 points per game. The Wolf Pack also surpassed its school records for field goals made (983) and attempted (2,040) in Carter's first year as head coach. The team made 48.2 percent of its field-goal attempts to rank second in the WAC and 17th in the NCAA that season.
Carter was named the 17th head coach in the history of Nevada's men's basketball program on April 3, 2009. He replaced Mark Fox, who left Nevada after five seasons to become head coach at the University of Georgia.
"David brings great integrity and competitiveness to this position and he is the right person to continue to lead the Wolf Pack basketball program forward," Director of Athletics Cary Groth said when Carter was hired. "He provides continuity and has played a significant role in building the foundation that has made our program so successful."
"David Carter is an excellent choice to be the next head coach at the University of Nevada. He understands all of the priorities and responsibilities of being a student-athlete and has been an integral part of the success of our program. We agree that success means good citizenship, graduation, and winning for every student athlete," then-University of Nevada President Milt Glick said.
In his 10 years as a Wolf Pack assistant coach, including five seasons as the associate head coach, Carter played an integral role in Nevada's climb to the top of the Western Athletic Conference and into the national spotlight. He helped lead the Wolf Pack to five Western Athletic Conference titles, four NCAA Tournament invitations, six consecutive 20-win seasons and seven straight postseason appearances during his time on the bench. He was also recognized as one of the top assistant coaches in the nation, making FOXSports.com's list of the top 10 Mid-Major Assistant Coaches in 2007-08 and being named the best assistant coach in the Western Athletic Conference in Street's & Smith's 2004-05 College Basketball National Preview.
"It is truly an honor and a privilege to have the opportunity to lead this program," Carter said when he was hired. "I am thankful to everyone at the University of Nevada and in this community for supporting me, and I look forward to sustaining the success and values that we have worked hard to achieve here at Nevada."
An accomplished basketball player himself, Carter has been able to successfully relate his experiences as a guard to the perimeter players on the Wolf Pack roster.
His extensive knowledge of the Nevada offense has helped the program grow from year-to-year, breaking the single-season record for scoring three times in his tenure on the bench (2004-05 and 2006-07 as an assistant and 2009-10 as head coach). The Wolf Pack also set single-season mark for assists with 571 in 2006-07.
Three of Carter's guards - Ramon Sessions (2005), Armon Johnson (2008) and Burton (2011) - have been named the WAC Freshman of the Year, while Sessions was an All-WAC selection in 2007 and Johnson was an two-time all-league honoree (2009 and 2010). Sessions ended his career ranked second in all-time assists at Nevada, while Johnson ended up fourth.
Carter's guards have also found success at the next level in the NBA. Sessions, who is now with the Charlotte Bobcats, is entering his sixth year in the NBA after being a 2007 draft pick of the Milwaukee Bucks. Johnson was drafted by the Portland Trail Blazers in the 2010 NBA Draft and will play in his third professional season in 2012-13.
Guard Marcelus Kemp earned first-team All-WAC honors in each of his final two seasons at Nevada. After ranking second on the team in scoring in each of the previous two years, Kemp led the team and ranked second in the WAC with 20.0 points per game in 2007-08.
Carter came to the Wolf Pack in 1999 after spending two seasons as an assistant at his alma mater, Saint Mary's College, in Moraga, Calif. He also had coaching stints at Eastern Washington University and Diablo Valley Community College. In three years at Diablo Valley, Carter helped the team to its first Final Eight appearance.
Prior to his coaching days, Carter played four years (1985-89) at Saint Mary's College. He helped lead the Gaels to an NCAA Tournament berth in 1989, and the team finished the season ranked 17th in the nation with a 25-5 record. He was a four-year starter and team captain. Carter also set the school record for career assists at Saint Mary's, a record that stood from 1989-97, and currently ranks third all time for the Gaels. Carter was inducted into the Saint Mary's Athletics Hall of Fame in 2006.
Carter played high school basketball at Crenshaw High School in Los Angeles, one of the most prominent programs in the country. In three years at Crenshaw, his teams lost only five games and won state championships in 1983 and 1985.
He received his bachelor of arts in liberal studies from Saint Mary's in 1989.
Carter and his wife, Kimberly, have a daughter, Alexis (14) and a son, Cameron (12).