Assistant Coach JC Carter prepares for his third season with the Seminoles after two strong showings in the team’s 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons.
One of his main responsibilities is handling the team’s guard play, which included standout years by seniors Nicki Ekhomu and Nausia Woolfolk. Ekhomu garnered her first-ever All-America season as a senior, averaging 14.9 points and having a 2.0 assist/turnover ratio. Ekhomu led FSU with 16.0 points in ACC play and earned her first selection to the All-ACC First Team.
Woolfolk had a career year. She recorded eight 20-point games in 2019-20 and averaged 14.2 points, 5.2 rebounds, 2.7 assists, shot 42.3 percent (167-of-195) and drained 31.6 percent (42-of-133) from long distance.
Carter played an integral role in FSU defeated six AP Top 25 teams in 2019-20 and finishing with a 24-8 overall record (11-7 in ACC play). FSU made its second ACC title game ever after defeating top-seeded Louisville, 62-60, in the ACC Tournament Semifinal.
Carter oversaw the progression Ekhomu and Woolfolk, both who were integral parts of Florida State’s 24-9 overall record in his first year. Ekhomu took over point guard duties and excelled, averaging 15.0 points, 3.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.7 steals per game while registering eight 20-point games.
Woolfolk became one of the ACC’s premier defensive guards, but also raised her offensive game with new career highs in points (13.7), field goals made (171), 3-pointers made (43) and steals (55). She led FSU with 16.1 points per game against ranked opponents in 2018-19.
Working with the team’s guards and wings, the progress of FSU’s guard-heavy 2018 signing class in Morgan Jones, Kourtney Weber and Amaya Brown was evident in his first season. All three players, along with Izabela Nicoletti when she rehabs from her knee injury, will be key factors in the immediate future of the program.
The 2018-19 squad also set a school record for free-throw percentage in a season, shooting 73.5 percent from the charity stripe.
Florida State Women’s Basketball head coach Sue Semrau announced the addition of Carter to the Seminole family on May 4, 2018.
Carter brings several years of experience coaching both the men’s and women’s game.
Carter was an assistant coach over the previous four years at Utah State of the Mountain West Conference.
A 2002 Southwest Baptist University graduate, he has become an offensive guru over the years.
While with the Aggies program, he oversaw player skill development, ran summer camps and played a big role in recruiting.
Under his watch, the 2015-16 season was highlighted by the Aggies ranking in the top half of the Mountain West in every offensive category.
Carter has coached many all-conference selections – In his four seasons at Utah State, he helped two players earn Mountain West Freshman of the Year honors in guard Eliza West (2017) and fellow guard Funda Nakkasoglu (2015).
Carter spent one season as a men’s assistant coach at John Brown University. He also spent four seasons at his alma mater, Southwest Baptist University, as a men’s assistant coach beginning in 2007 and guided it to the Mid-American Intercollegiate Athletics Association title in 2008.
His first head coaching position was with the SBU women’s team for three seasons beginning in 2008.
His collegiate playing career started at Angelina College in Lufkin, Texas, then transferred to Stephen F. Austin as a sophomore.
Carter finished his remaining two years at SBU in Bolivar, Mo., and earned the Greg Germany 2002 Senior Leadership Award.
Carter received his undergraduate degree at SBU in 2002.