Presque Isle, Maine – Athletic Director Paul Stone has announced the appointment of Doug Carter (Williamsburg, Kentucky) as the new Women's Basketball Coach and Sports Information Director.
"Doug is a proven recruiter with a record of improving programs in the collegiate ranks. I think he is a good fit for the Owls and we expect him take the program to new heights on and off the court. I also would like to thank the members of the women's basketball search committee and Jim Casciano, its chair, for their hard work over the past few weeks." -Paul Stone
Coach Carter joins the Owls from University of the Cumberlands (UC). During the past two seasons, 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 this past season, UC lost in the NAIA National Championship Tournament to the eventual National Champions, Westmont College, 63-58.
While at University of the Cumberlands, Carter helped develop three All-Americans, two of which are currently playing professionally, the 2012 MSC Player of the Year, three NAIA Academic All-Americans, nine academic all-conference selections and the 2012-13 MSC co-rookie of the year.
"I am extremely honored to have been chosen to lead the Women's Basketball Program at the University of Maine-Presque Isle. I would like to thank Dr. Schott, Paul Stone and the search committee for this tremendous opportunity," Carter added, "I loved the community, the close-knit, family atmosphere of the college staff was so welcoming, I can't wait to get started working with these talented young ladies."
Carter was at the University of Virginia-Wise from 2006-2010. In three years as an assistant and recruiting coordinator at UVA-Wise, he recruited an Honorable Mention All-American, two Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC) first team All-conference players, the 2010 AAC Defensive Player of the Year, Four AAC All-Freshman team selectees, 15 NAIA Scholar Athletes and each of his teams were named NAIA Scholar-Teams (cumulative team GPA above 3.25).
In Carter's last season at UVA-Wise he was named interim head coach and charged with the task of transitioning the basketball program into the NAIA Division I level of play. In their first year of NAIA Division I play; the UVA-Wise team beat teams led by five of the 25 winningest active NAIA Division I coaches. Included in those wins were two victories over teams ranked in the NAIA Top 25, including a win against NAIA powerhouse Shawnee State, led by the all-time Winningest active coach, Robin Hagen-Smith, a team that would advance to the NAIA Final Four.
Known for his ability to recruit and quickly change the fortunes of programs he has been a part of, his teams have seen a double digit improvement in wins three times in his career. UC improved from 16 wins to 28 in his first year and in 2004, the NCAA named his U.S. Merchant Marine program the most improved in Division III Basketball as the Mariners improved their win total by 13 and set a school record for wins in 2004-5.
Coming to UMPI from the tradition rich Kentucky basketball scene, Coach Carter is once again looking to establish a winning basketball program, taking over an Owls' team that ended last season at 8-17 after an 0-8 start, under Coach Marcus Heidorf.