July 11, 2006
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Tim Carter, the all-time winningest head coach in University of Texas-San Antonio basketball history, has been named an assistant coach at Florida State by Head Coach Leonard Hamilton. Carter comes to the Seminoles after winning 160 games and leading the Roadrunners into the NCAA Tournament twice during his 11-year tenure at UTSA. He is nationally recognized as an outstanding evaluator of talent and an outstanding bench coach who has coached in the Big Ten at Northwestern, the Big Eight at Oklahoma State and the Southwestern Conference at Houston.
Carter, 50, was named the Southland Conference Coach of the Year in 1999 when he led UTSA to an 18-11 record and to only the second NCAA Tournament appearance in school history. He led the Roadrunners to the NCAA Tournament in both 1999 and 2004 to mark two of the three postseason tournament appearances in school history. Carter led UTSA to the Southland Conference Tournament championship in 1999 and 2004 – the first two conference championships in men’s basketball in school history. The Roadrunners had the highest winning percentage in the SLC during 10 of his 11 seasons at UTSA.
In 11 years (1996-2006) as the head coach at UTSA, Carter compiled a 160-152 record. Including one season as the head coach at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (1995) he has a record of 171-168.
In 26 seasons on the collegiate level as a head, assistant and graduate assistant coach, Carter has helped lead five different schools into the postseason including Oklahoma (1983 NCAA), Houston (1987 NCAA), Oklahoma State (1989 and 1990 NIT), Northwestern (1994 NIT) and UTSA (1999 and 2004 NCAA).
“I am extremely honored and excited to be rejoining Coach Hamilton, becoming a part of the basketball staff at Florida State University and competing in the basketball rich tradition of the ACC,” said Carter. “I look forward to assisting Coach Hamilton in his drive to make the Florida State basketball program one that the Seminole family will be extremely proud of.”
During his tenure at UTSA, Carter recruited and coached the top players school history. He coached five of the six Roadrunner players who have earned Southland Conference First-Team honors including Devin Brown — the only three-time SLC First-Team selection in school history. Brown is still one of only 17 player in SLC history to have earned All-Conference honors three or more times. Two of the most noted players in NBA history – Joe Dumars (Detroit Pistons) of McNeese State (four-time All-SLC honoree) and Karl Malone (Utah Jazz) of Louisiana Tech (three-time All-SLC honoree) are among those players. Carter also recruited and coached Steve Meyer (1999) and Leroy Hurd (2004) – the Most Valuable Players of the Roadrunners two most recent conference championship teams.
Carter helped in the development of Hurd who was named the 2004 Southland Conference Player of the Year as he led the conference in scoring with a 19.4 points per game average. He also averaged 8.0 rebounds in leading UTSA to the conference regular season and tournament championships and into the NCAA tournament. Hurd led the SLC in scoring as both a junior and senior and as an All-District 9 First-Team selection by the NABC in 2004.
Carter began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at the University of Oklahoma from 1982-83 and was an assistant coach at Midwestern State University from 1984-86. He helped lead Houston to the NCAA Tournament in 1987 and then joined Hamilton’s staff at Oklahoma State from 1987-90. While at Oklahoma State, Hamilton and Carter teamed to lead the Cowboys to the NIT in 1989 and 1990 – the first time the program had played in the postseason since the 1953 and 1954 seasons.
Carter earned an associate’s degree from Hutchinson (Ks.) Community College in 1976, his bachelor’s degree in education from Kansas in 1979 and a Master’s in education from Oklahoma in 1984. Carter and his wife, Sheila, have two daughters, Kiara and Kortney, and a son, Wynton.
“Tim Carter is an outstanding addition to our staff at Florida State,” said Hamilton. “He will immediately help us in every facet of our program from recruiting to player development to strategy. I have worked with Tim during my coaching career and he helped us achieve success at Oklahoma State. Our players will benefit from his knowledge and his ability to teach the game of basketball. We are very lucky to have Tim on our staff – his addition will pay huge dividends to our players and make us a better team right away.”