Craig Carey Elevated To Assistant Coach
The Mountaineer women’s basketball team has a new assistant coach with a familiar last name.
Craig Carey, who previously had served as the video coordinator for WVU’s women’s basketball program, has been elevated to assistant coach for the 2019-20 season. Craig is the son of West Virginia’s women’s head coach Mike Carey.
“Craig has been with the program for many years, starting as a practice player and later as our video coordinator,” Mike Carey said. “He knows the players, our style of play and our personnel very well. I think it will be a smooth transition and a great fit for our program.”
We’re adding another Coach Carey to the mix! Craig Carey has been elevated to assistant coach after serving as the Mountaineers’ video coordinator since 2015. #HailWV
— WVU Women’s Basketball (@WVUWBB) June 21, 2019
Joining the women’s basketball staff in 2015, Craig has served as the video coordinator since then. In that role, he acted as the liaison for film exchange with opponents, helped coaches prepare for scouting and provided video for instructional purposes. Additionally, he supervised and prepared the Mountaineers’ practice players and has stepped in as an interim/countable assistant coach on several occasions over the past four years.
From 2009-15, Carey served as the assistant camp coordinator for the program’s summer basketball camps. He helped to organize the structure of individual and team camps, serving also as a clinician.
“I’m thankful to Director of Athletics Shane Lyons, Senior Associate AD Terri Howes and, of course, my dad for this great opportunity,” said Craig Carey. “I’ve enjoyed being a part of success in the past and look forward to what we can do in the future. WVU is home to me, and I can’t think of a better place to start my coaching career.”
The Clarksburg, West Virginia, native spent his collegiate career as a student worker and practice player for the Mountaineers. As a student worker, Carey assisted with office duties, provided information in accordance with NCAA and Big 12 regulations for recruitment, assisted with recruiting visits and organized recruiting mail. Additionally, he played for coach Bob Huggins as a member of the WVU men’s basketball program during the 2010-11 season.
Craig Carey is a two-time graduate of West Virginia University, earning a bachelor’s degree in criminology in 2012 before completing a master’s in sports management in 2015.
Craig is the latest hire for Mike Carey. He also added former North Carolina assistant Bett Shelby last month. The staff changes came about when it was decided not to renew the contracts of former WVU assistant coaches Chester Nichols and Lester Rowe, who have reportedly landed jobs with the women’s basketball programs at Wichita State and Northern Kentucky respectively.