DETROIT — Carrie Lohr was named the 12th head coach in Wayne State women’s basketball program history in an announcement made Thursday by WSU Director of Athletics Rob Fournier.
“I look forward to welcoming Carrie into our family of coaches,” Fournier said. “She brings a wealth of experience and success as a head coach with limited resources. Her consistent achievement over a proven period of time reflects the skill set we were looking for and she met each of the pre-interview qualifications we had identified. Her recruiting familiarity with Detroit and Michigan will greatly aid our efforts to develop our academic, outreach and competitive objectives. Her engaging style will resonate with our alumni and supporters.”
“It is a great honor to become a member of the Wayne State University athletic department family,” Lohr said. “I look forward to growing Wayne State women’s basketball into a championship program. I am determined to uphold WSU expectations of excellence in the classroom, on the court and in the community.”
Lohr comes to Wayne State after serving as the head coach at St. Clair County Community College in Port Huron for the last nine seasons (2002-11). She also spent two years (1997-99) as an assistant coach at Oakland University as it transitioned from Division II to Division I.
She was selected as the 2009-10 Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan Junior College Coach of the Year after earning the MCCAA Eastern Conference Coach of the Year award. She also won the BCAM Junior College Coach of the Year award following the 2003-04 campaign.
Lohr had a record of 166-106 (.610) in her nine years with the Skippers along with an MCCAA mark of 93-50 (.650), as SC4 always finished in the top half of the conference standings.
She had an all-region player in six of her nine seasons, including the 2003-04 player of the year in the region with Taleesha Hardy.
Lohr mentored six first-team All-MCCAA eastern conference players as well as eight second-team honorees, and a total of 28 all-conference selections.
In addition, she tutored five all-defensive team players in the last five seasons, including the 2006-07 MCCAA Eastern Conference Defensive Player of the Year in Kim Lackowski. Lohr also had five student-athletes named to the all-freshman team, including the 2008-09 freshman of the year in Chanahl Putnam.
Her Skipper squads won at least one district post-season tournament game in five of the last six seasons and made four appearances in the district semifinals in the last six years.
Over the nine-year span at SC4, 23 of her players earned athletic scholarships at four-year universities, including nine at the NCAA Division I or DII levels.
The Golden Grizzlies compiled a two-year mark of 34-20 with Lohr assisting head coach Beckie Francis. The players Lohr and Francis recruited in 1997 and 1998 helped OU win three straight conference titles (‘99,’00,’01) and earn a berth in the 2002 NCAA tournament.
Two of her OU players (Katie Wolfe and Sarah Judd) received significant recognition. Wolfe was a Kodak All-America Honorable Mention as a sophomore, while Judd was the 2002 Mid-Continent Conference Player of the Year as well as Tournament MVP.
Lohr received a bachelor’s degree from Michigan-Dearborn in 1994. She continued her education with a master’s in counseling from Oakland in 1999.
She was a three-sport athlete (basketball, volleyball and softball) for the Redskins of Sandusky High School. Lohr began her collegiate playing career as a point guard at SC4 where she earned first team MCCAA all-league, all-state and All-Region XI honors and also served as team captain her sophomore year. She continued her basketball career at Michigan-Dearborn, where she led the Wolves to their first postseason playoff game in school history and also served as team captain in her senior season.