David Carter Is Fox’s New Assistant Coach
David Carter becomes only the second new assistant coach Mark Fox has hired during his tenure in Athens. Fox stepped into the “Way Back Machine” to hire his new assistant. This hire comes as no surprise and was an easy prediction to make. Mark Fox hired his former associate head coach at UNR, David Carter, to be the Dawgs’ new assistant coach. Carter, 50, was an assistant at UNR for 16 years before taking over the program at UNR in 2009 when Fox came to Athens. He lasted 6 years there as a head coach before being fired. His last 3 teams did not perform very well. After UNR, Carter returned to his alma mater St. Mary’s, where he was an assistant the last 2 years.
Choice Should Come As No Surprise
Fox admitted that he reached out to Carter about the job as soon as an opening occurred. He wanted someone to work with his guards, and Carter, a former PG himself, has obviously worked primarily with guards in his time in coaching. He wanted someone he could trust and someone who he felt would fit in well with his current staff. Of Carter, Fox said, “He assisted me at the University of Nevada and I aggressively pursued him when this opportunity opened. He is a proven winner, a great teacher, a proven evaluator and recruiter and the type of man I want in our program. We have always had a great chemistry and my staff and I welcome his expertise.”
Hopefully, Carter brings some new offensive concepts to Athens from St. Mary’s, and Fox listens enough to get some things implemented. That said, does UGA have sufficient perimeter threats to implement such a perimeter-oriented offensive scheme?
Carter has no apparent experience recruiting in the southeast (beyond helping to sign Ramon Sessions at UNR), as his coaching career has been solely on the West Coast. But perhaps that will help UGA expand its recruiting territory. St. Mary’s, in California, has recruited several players from as far away as Australia. This writer is not opposed to having Dawgs with an Aussie accent, as long as they can play the game.