Washington, D.C. --  UMaine-Presque Isle Women's Head Basketball Doug Carter was named Great South Athletic Conference 2013-14 Coach of the Year at the GSAC winter sports banquet recently.

In his first season at the helm, Carter led a resurgence of life into the UMaine-Presque Isle program that had not had a winning season in five years.  The 18-7 Owls beat several top-ranked programs headed into post-season play and were 7-2 against scholarship granting institutions.

"I would like to thank my GSAC coaching peers, there are many outstanding coaches in this conference; I am extremely honored and humbled with this award."  Carter added, "I was blessed to have a tremendous group of young ladies come together to bring pride back into a basketball program that has had it's fair share of challenges over the last few years."

Carter guided the Owls to the fourth seed in the GSAC Tournament in his first year and oversaw a ten win improvement in the Owl basketball program from the previous season.  Carter joined the Owls in September from University of the Cumberlands (UC), where he worked at the side of NAIA coaching legend Melissa Irvin in 2011-12 and 2012-13.  UC was ranked nationally as high as #5 in NAIA Division I Basketball, winning the regular season and Mid-South Conference (MSC) championships in 2012. During that span, UC beat fourteen teams ranked in the NAIA top 25 and in 2013, UC lost in the NAIA National Championship Tournament to the eventual National Champions, Westmont College, 63-58.