Bill Carmody

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Bill Carmody
20130103 Bill Carmody.jpg
Carmody at Welsh-Ryan Arena on January 3, 2013
Sport(s) Basketball
Current position
Title Free agent
Record 284-245 (.489)
Biographical details
Born (1951-12-04) December 4, 1951 (age 62)
Rahway, New Jersey, USA
Alma mater Union College (Bachelor of Arts)
Playing career
1970-1975 Union College
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1975–1976
1976–1980
1980–1981
1982–1995
1996–2000
2000–2013
Fulton-Montgomery Community College
Union College (assistant)
Providence (asst.)
Princeton (asst.)
Princeton
Northwestern
Head coaching record
Overall 284-245 (.563)
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
Ivy League Regular Season Championship (1997, 1998)
Records
Ivy League career winning percentage (min 4 seasons, 78.6% — 92–25, Princeton, 1996–2000)

Bill Carmody (born December 4, 1951) is an American men's college basketball coach. He was the head coach of the Wildcats men's basketball team at Northwestern University from 2000 until his firing on March 16, 2013.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Carmody was born in Rahway, New Jersey, and grew up in Spring Lake, where he attended St. Rose High School, a Roman Catholic private school, in nearby Belmar, New Jersey. He attended and graduated from Union College in Schenectady, New York, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history in 1975. He led Union's basketball team to a 59–11 record in his three years as a starter.[2]

Career[edit]

After graduating from Union College, Carmody served as head coach of Fulton-Montgomery Community College in Johnstown, New York, and led the team to a 17-10 record and conference title in his only season there. He returned to Union the following year as an assistant coach under head coach Bill Scanlon. In 1980, Carmody became a part-time assistant at Providence College, where he worked for 2 seasons under head coach Gary Walters.

Princeton[edit]

From 1982 through 1995, he was an assistant basketball coach at Princeton University under the Tigers' legendary coach, Pete Carril. After fourteen years, he became the head coach in 1996 when Carril retired. Despite not being able to offer athletic scholarships due to Ivy League rules, Carmody's 1997-1998 team reached a ranking as high as 7th nationally, and was ranked 8th nationally going into the NCAA Tournament. This led to a number-five seed in the NCAA Tournament. That team lost in the second round of the tournament to #4 seed (and eventual 10th ranked) Michigan State, and was ranked 16th nationally at the conclusion of the tournament. He is considered one of the leading practitioners of the Princeton offense. While coaching Princeton, he established the Ivy League career winning percentage record of 78.6%, going 92–25.[3]

Northwestern[edit]

Carmody (center) in the huddle on January 3, 2013

In 2000, he succeeded Kevin O'Neill as the head coach of the Northwestern Wildcats Men's Basketball Team. One of his top assistants from 2000 to 2006 was Craig Robinson, the brother of First Lady Michelle Obama. Since 2008, Robinson is the head coach at Oregon State University.[4]

In 2003-04, Carmody led the Wildcats to an 8-8 record in Big Ten play, their first non-losing record in conference play since 1967-68.

On January 18, Northwestern defeated the then-number-seventeen Minnesota Golden Gophers.[5] On January 21, 2009, Carmody's Kevin Coble-led Wildcats defeated number-seven Michigan State University at the Breslin Center in East Lansing, Michigan earning their second consecutive win over an opponent ranked in the AP top 25,[6] marking the first time in school history for such a feat. The 2008-09 unit became the first in school history to win 20 games and briefly flirted with the first NCAA Tournament appearance in school history.

On December 28, 2009, Northwestern was ranked number 25 in the Associated Press Basketball Poll,[7] marking the first time Northwestern had been ranked in the AP Poll since 1969. The 2009-10 team also notched the school's second-ever 20-win season.

Despite Carmody's efforts to upgrade the Wildcat program, his teams never finished higher than fifth in the Big Ten, and his 2003-04 team was the only one that finished with even a .500 record in conference play. After the Wildcats suffered their first losing season in six years, Carmody was fired on March 16, 2013.[8] He left as the second-winningest coach in school history, behind only Dutch Lonborg.

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Princeton Tigers (Ivy League) (1996–2000)
1996–1997 Princeton 24–4 14–0 1st NCAA First Round
1997–1998 Princeton 27–2 14–0 1st NCAA Second Round
1998–1999 Princeton 22–8 11–3 2nd NIT Quarterfinals
1999–2000 Princeton 19–11 11–3 2nd NIT First Round
Princeton: 92–25 (.786) 50–6 (.893)
Northwestern Wildcats (Big Ten Conference) (2000–2013)
2000–2001 Northwestern 11–19 3–13 11th
2001–2002 Northwestern 16–13 7–9 7th
2002–2003 Northwestern 12–17 3–13 10th
2003–2004 Northwestern 14–15 8–8 T–5th
2004–2005 Northwestern 15–16 6–10 8th
2005–2006 Northwestern 14–15 6–10 T–8th
2006–2007 Northwestern 13–18 2–14 T–10th
2007–2008 Northwestern 8–22 1–17 11th
2008–2009 Northwestern 17–14 8–10 9th NIT First Round
2009–2010 Northwestern 20–14 7–11 7th NIT First Round
2010–2011 Northwestern 20–13 7–11 8th NIT Quarterfinals
2011–2012 Northwestern 19–14 8–10 7th NIT Second Round
2012–2013 Northwestern 13–19 4–14 11th
Northwestern: 192–220 (.476) 70–150 (.318)
Total: 284–245 (.537)

      National champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bill Carmody, CSTV. Accessed 2007-12-03. "A native of Spring Lake, N.J., Carmody joined the Princeton staff as an assistant coach in 1982."
  2. ^ "Coach Bill Carmody follows a Legend", Princeton University Sports. 1996-12-25. Accessed 2007-12-03. "Bill Carmody is the fifth of 11 children born to a Cranford and Spring Lake, New Jersey, family. He played basketball at St. Rose High School in Belmar, and was good enough to attract the interest of a number of college coaches, including Carril."
  3. ^ Princeton Athletic Communications. "1965 NCAA Final Four Team". Princeton University. Retrieved 2010-03-24. 
  4. ^ "He Helped Elect a President; Now Comes a Harder Job by Pete Thamel". The New York Times. 2008-11-08. Retrieved 2008-11-09.  Website registration required.
  5. ^ "Northwestern tops Minnesota for first win vs. ranked team since '06". ESPN. 2009-01-18. Retrieved 2013-03-17. 
  6. ^ "Wildcats end Spartans' 28-game home-court winning streak". ESPN. 2009-01-21. Retrieved 2013-03-17. 
  7. ^ "2010 NCAA Men's Basketball Rankings - Week 8 (Dec. 28)". ESPN. Retrieved 2013-03-17. 
  8. ^ Katz, Andy (2013-03-16). "Northwestern fires Bill Carmody". ESPN. Retrieved 2013-03-17. 

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