Longtime Pack assistant David Carter named Fox’s replacement
April 3, 2009
RENO ” Longtime assistant David Carter was promoted Friday to replace Mark Fox as Nevada’s coach.
Carter, 42, has been an assistant at Nevada since then-coach Trent Johnson hired him in 1999. He was elevated to associate head coach in 2004 when Johnson was hired by Stanford and Fox took over.
“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,” athletic director Cary Groth said at an afternoon news conference. “He provides continuity and has played a significant role in building the foundation that has made our program so successful.”
Nevada has posted six consecutive 20-win seasons and seven straight postseason appearances, four in the NCAA tournament.
“This program is not going backward, I promise that,” Carter said.
The terms of Carter’s five-year contract were not immediately released.
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Carter also served as an assistant at Eastern Washington and Saint Mary’s, his alma mater, where he played in the late 1980s and was inducted into the school’s athletic hall of fame.
When Nevada ran its record to 17-1 and moved into The Associated Press Top 10 for the first time in school history in January 2007, Wolf Pack fans knew Fox wouldn’t stay in Reno forever.
They just didn’t think the Midwest native with recruiting ties on the West Coast would end up in Georgia.
Fox was introduced in Athens, Ga., on Friday as the new coach of the Bulldogs in the Southeast Conference where he will compete against his former boss, LSU coach Johnson.
“I am honored and humbled by the opportunity to be the basketball coach at the University of Georgia,” Fox said at a news conference Friday
“This is a wonderful place for me and my family to be, a great academic institution with an outstanding athletic department. I’m leaving a great situation and will be forever grateful for the University of Nevada and its people. But I look forward to getting started here at Georgia.”
Georgia athletic director Damon Evans said he talked to several candidates before he offered the job to Fox during a meeting Thursday afternoon in Atlanta. The new coach agreed to a six-year contract paying $1.3 million a year ” a significant increase over Claude Felton’s $760,000 annual salary.
Felton was fired in January and Pete Herrmann finished out the year as interim coach at Georgia.
Fox was 123-43 in five seasons at Nevada, winning at least 20 games every year. He reached the NCAA tournament three times, twice reaching the second round.
“I had discussions with a number of coaches and I can’t express enough how impressed I was, and am, with Mark Fox,” Evans said. “I think he is an up and coming young coach who has a great future, he has been a winner in his time as a head coach at Nevada, and I think he is a great fit for the University of Georgia and we are a great fit for him.”