Iowa names Carter head rowing coach
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Iowa director of athletics Gary Barta has named Andrew Carter as head coach of the Hawkeye rowing program. Carter is the program's third head coach and has a total of 24 years of coaching experience.
"Andrew has coached championship rowing at the collegiate and international level," Barta said. "We have built some momentum over the past year, and it is important we keep pushing toward becoming a championship contender in the Big Ten and beyond. I am confident Andrew will give us that opportunity."
During his career, Carter has earned more than 50 championship medals, and during the past 12 years, he has coached seven All-Americans and 24 National Scholar-Athletes. He turned Miami (Fla.) into a nationally ranked program, and led Clemson to its first Atlantic Coast Conference title and NCAA championship appearance.
"I'm very excited to be joining the University of Iowa community and am looking forward to becoming a member of a terrific team," Carter said.
"Everyone I've met from the team, department, university, and Iowa City community has been incredibly welcoming, and they share an excitement about the future of the rowing program. It's infectious and incredibly motivating. Combine that excitement with this brilliant city, outstanding university and unbelievable rowing facility and venue, and you have a recipe for great things. My family and I are thrilled to be part of it."
Carter comes to Iowa City following a four-year stint as head coach at Miami, where he helped the Hurricanes rise from the bottom of the Atlantic Coast Conference into the national polls.
Under his leadership, the Varsity 8+ posted an overall record of 30-11 in 2013, highlighted by a San Diego Crew Classic Cal Cup championship. In 2012, the Open 8+ and the Championship 4+ each earned silver medals at the Head of the Hooch Regatta, while the Varsity 8+ secured a bronze medal at the event.
Before taking over at Miami, Carter spent the 2008-09 season as an assistant coach at Clemson, where he coached the Varsity 4+ group that claimed 2009 ACC and NCAA titles. The Tigers achieved a No. 9 national ranking along with eight top-three finishes during the fall season before claiming their first ACC championship and earning a berth into the NCAA championships.
From 2000-08, Carter was head coach of the men's and women's rowing programs at Bates College. He led the Bobcats women's team to back-to-back NCAA Division III Women's Rowing Championships appearances, and the men's team became one of the top programs in an NCAA division. Among the student-athletes Carter coached was 2005 graduate Andrew Byrnes, a gold medalist for the Canadian National Team (men's eight) at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.