PISCATAWAY, NJ - Jim Carr, former Director of Men’s Basketball Operations at Rutgers University, has been promoted to assistant coach it was announced today by Scarlet Knight head basketball coach Gary Waters.
Carr’s responsibilities will include off-campus recruiting, scouting, game preparation as well as individual player instruction. Carr began his second stint at Rutgers in September of 2002, after spending two years as an assistant coach at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Carr, who had previously served in the capacity of Director of Men’s Basketball Operations at Rutgers from 1997-2000, has an extensive background that includes 15 years of coaching, administration and recruiting experience at the high school and college levels.
“I am very pleased to elevate Jim Carr into this important position” said Waters. “Jim’s tireless work ethic, loyalty to Rutgers University, and important local recruiting ties are all key ingredients in this appointment. Jim is extremely well-respected within the profession, and he truly cares for and plays an integral role in the lives of our student-athletes.
“In addition, Jim is a terrific ambassador for the University and is very well thought of by the Rutgers athletic administration,” Waters continued. “When you add all of these qualities together, what you have is the right person for the right position.”
During his tenure as Director of Basketball Operations, Carr’s many duties included serving as the director of The Gary Waters Basketball Camp. He also served as the liaison between the men’s basketball program and the athletic department in areas such as team travel, facility scheduling for practice and competition, team and office equipment requirements, and fund-raising events, among other duties.
From 1992-96, Carr, 35, was the Associate Director/Recruiting Coordinator for The Hoop Group, the nation’s largest basketball camp organization. While with The Hoop Group, the 1991 York College graduate served as the overall recruiting coordinator for all camps and clinics including the nationally ranked Eastern Invitational. Carr also served as an assistant coach at the University of South Florida in 1996.
A native of Shawnee, Pa., Carr began his coaching career as the athletic director/head basketball coach at the York (Pa.) Country Day school. At the time of his hiring in 1989, Carr was one of the youngest A.D./Head Coaches in the country. Carr has served as an assistant at Kings (Pa.) College and Stroudsburg High School and was the Assistant Director for the Invitational Basketball Camps in Stroudsburg, Pa.
“I am honored that Coach Waters has entrusted me with this position and I will return his loyalty by working tirelessly to help this program reach its fullest potential,” said Carr. “I realize I have a tremendous responsibility to Coach Waters and the entire Rutgers basketball family. Rutgers University is a special place and I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to work with the high school coaches, AAU coaches and players in this great state.”