COLUMBIA — The Missouri men's basketball team announced the hiring of Rick Carter as the team's newest assistant coach Tuesday.
A quick riser in the collegiate coaching world, Carter comes to Missouri after a four-year stint at Western Michigan University and boasts strong ties to the Michigan high school and AAU circuits.
Carter has spent the last nine years working in college basketball. A 2002 graduate of Michigan State, he got his start as a graduate assistant at his alma mater under Tom Izzo from 2003 to 2006. Michigan State advanced to the 2005 NCAA Final Four during his second season and the Spartans qualified for three consecutive NCAA Tournaments in his three years.
"Rick is a talented coach and a relentless recruiter," Missouri head coach Frank Haith said in a news release. "He has a great basketball background working for Steve Hawkins at Western Michigan, Ed Cooley at Fairfield and of course Tom Izzo at Michigan State and he has connections to a couple members of our staff, so I really liked the instant fit."
Following his stint in East Lansing, Mich., Carter spent two seasons working for Ed Cooley (now head coach at Providence) at Fairfield. In his first season, Carter served as the director of basketball operations and worked with current Tigers assistant coach Tim Fuller.
Carter was elevated to a full-time assistant coach in 2007-08 and helped Fairfield to a fifth-place finish in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference with an 11-7 league record. The Stags finished above .500 in MAAC league play each season with Carter on staff.
While at Western Michigan, Carter used his impressive AAU ties to recruit the school's all-time leading scorer, David Kool. Kool twice led the Mid-American Conference in scoring and he was named MAC Player of the Year and an All-American as a senior in 2010, averaging 21.6 points per game.
Overall, Western Michigan won a pair of MAC West titles during Carter's four seasons and advanced to postseason play in 2011 with a 21-13 overall mark.