|Previous College:||Georgia College '74|
Overall: 453-297 (.604)
At GCSU: same
Wins and losses are an easy way to identify a successful coach.Graduation rates and other intangibles can describe a successfulprogram. Fortunately for Bobcat fans, Georgia College head coachJohn Carrick fits well into both categories. With 20 winningseasons, eight 20-win seasons, six NCAA Tournament appearances, two regular season Peach BeltConference titles, four PBC tournament championships, and more than400 career victories, Carrick has more than earned a reputation asa winner. If you were to ask coach Carrick, with over aquarter-century as GCSU's head coach, of which statistics he ismost proud, he would probably answer "92". That's the percentage ofsenior players in his program who have graduated from college.
"One of our team goals every year is to graduate all of ourseniors and make progress toward graduation for the rest of ourkids," said Carrick. "I let the team set the goals on the amount ofwins, but I prefer to stress academic goals as well as camaraderieand chemistry."
Carrick has the distinction of holding the longest tenure as ahead coach at Georgia College in any sport. His record entering the2009-10 season is 453-297.
The Bobcats put up their seventh 20-win season in 2006-07(22-10). They also made a trip to the NCAA Tournament, dropping apair of nationally-ranked teams before falling in the region finalin overtime. Carrick also coached his first player to All-Americahonors.
He took over as head coach for the 1983-84 season following adismal 2-22 season the year before. Under his guidance, the thenLady Colonials battled their way to respectability and Carrick'sfirst winning season in 1985-86. Georgia College has nearly 18 winsper season under Carrick during his previous 26 seasons. He pickedup his 200th career win during the 1995-96 PBC Championship seasonwith a 68-55 victory over rival Kennesaw State. He earned his 250thcareer win during the 1997-98 season with a 74-62 victory at homeover Clayton State. He notched his 300th win in 2001 with a 85-67victory at Lander and claimed his 350th win during the 2003-04season with a 78-62 victory over Tuskegee. His 400th win came inthe first round of the 2006 PBC Tournament with a 63-60 victoryover Armstrong Atlantic. Win number 450 came just last season, in a76-53 drubbing of UNC Pembroke.
"My job is to get the best out of the athletes every time theyhit the floor and to get them to play together," Carrick said. "Ido my work in practice. In games it's all in their hands."
Carrick started his coaching career at Putnam County High Schoolin Eatonton, Ga., where he coached football, baseball, and girlsbasketball. In 1982, he took a perennial loser and led them to a29-0 record and a Class AA State Title. He was named the Class AACoach-of-the Year and was selected as the Macon Telegraph MiddleGeorgia Prep All-Sports Coach of the Year.
In 1983, Carrick came back to his alma mater to help build awinning tradition at Georgia College. Two years later, he had hisfirst winning season. The winning tradition reached new heights ashort time later when coach Carrick's squads posted back to backtwenty-win campaigns following the 1987-88 and 1988-89 seasons.
The success story continued in 1990-91 when GCSU made the switchfrom NAIA to NCAA Division II and the PBC. That year GeorgiaCollege finished with an 18-11 overall record. The following yearCarrick's team was the Peach Belt regular season co-champions witha 12-2 conference mark and 22-7 overall record.
The wins just kept adding up, capped by a sensational two-yearstretch during the 1995-96 and 1996-97 seasons in which Carrick ledhis team to its first outright regular season PBC title, first PBCTournament title, and two NCAA Tournament berths. The Bobcats madehistory in 2002 after becoming the lowest seeded team to win thePBC Tournament. The Bobcats were the first team to win four gamesin the tournament and also knocked off both No. 1 seeds along theway to advance to NCAA Tournament for the third time. GCSU did itagain in 2004, winning four games on the way to its third PBCTournament title, knocking off both No. 1 seeds. The Bobcatsadvanced all the way to the "Sweet Sixteen" at the NCAA Tournament,falling in the regional championship game. GCSU won the PBCTournament again in 2006 to earn its fifth berth into the NCAATournament.
In the 2008-09 season, the Bobcats scratched and clawed to a16-11 record, including a 11-8 mark in the Peach Belt Conference(PBC). The winning season was the program’s fifth in its lastsix.
Since joining the PBC, the Bobcats have compiled a 348-205composite record and a 184-137 conference mark.
Carrick earned a bachelor's degree in physical education in 1974and a master's degree in health, physical education and recreationin 1976, both from Georgia College. He competed in soccer andtennis, and was named GC Male-Athlete-of-the-Year in 1974. Carrickhas one son, Josh, who attended GCSU and has been astudent-assistant coach on his staff.