Don Carthel

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Don Carthel
Sport(s) Football
Current position
Title Head coach
Team West Texas A&M
Conference LSC
Record 50–12
Biographical details
Born 1952 (age 61–62)
Dimmitt, Texas
Playing career
1970-1973 ENMU
Position(s) C / K
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1975-1976
1977-1979
1980
1981-1982
1983-1984
1985-1991
2004
2005-2013
Floydada HS (DC)
Dubuque (DC)
FW Boswell HS (DC)
Lubbock Christian
UTEP (OL/ST)
ENMU
Amarillo Dusters
West Texas A&M
Head coaching record
Overall 96–58–1
Statistics
College Football Data Warehouse
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
1991, 2005-07 Lone Star Conference championships
Awards
2007 AFCA Region Four Coach of the Year

Donald Ray "Don" Carthel (born 1952) is an American football coach. He most recently served as head football coach at West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas, from 2005-2013.

Early years[edit]

After playing four years at Eastern New Mexico University, Carthel began his coaching career under legendary coach L. G. Wilson at Floydada High School in Floydada, Texas. He later coached at University of Dubuque in Dubuque, Iowa, and Boswell High School in Fort Worth, Texas, until getting his first head coach job at Lubbock Christian College (now Lubbock Christian University). In 1983, Carthel became assistant under Bill Yung at the University of Texas at El Paso.

Head coaching career[edit]

In 1985 Carthel took over head coaching duties at his alma mater Eastern New Mexico. In his seven seasons the Greyhounds had only one losing season. After a 5–5 record in Carthel's initial season, the Greyhounds were 8–3 in 1986 and 9–2 in '87. They were 2–8 in 1988, but followed with records of 7–3, 6–4 and 7–3–1. In five of Carthel's seven years, the Greyhounds were ranked in the Division II Top 20 Poll. In 1991, the ENMU won the Lone Star Conference championship. Carthel was inducted into the ENMU Hall of Fame in 2001.

Having reached the pinnacle of his career as a head coach, Carthel chose to retire at age 39, and moved back to the family farm in Friona, Texas.[1] He took a pause from football coaching for nine years, before becoming a volunteer coach at Abilene Christian University under head coach Gary Gaines in 2000. Trying to become a head coach again, Carthel applied for the vacant West Texas A&M job in late 2001, but athletic director Ed Harris opted for Ronnie Jones.[2] In 2004 Carthel was named the head coach and general manager of the Amarillo Dusters in their inaugural season in the Intense Football League. Amarillo posted a 15-3 record under Carthel and won the IFL Championship that year.

West Texas A&M fired Jones after three unsuccessful seasons, thus Carthel applied for the job again. This time, he was selected as head coach. In his first year, he guided the school to its first Lone Star Conference Championship in 19 years. He has since compiled a 33–5 record, which is the highest winning percentage of any West Texas A&M coach since Alonzo P. George's 3–0 record in 1918. As of 2008, only Joe Kerbel (68–42–1) and Frank Kimbrough (54–52–2) won more games for West Texas A&M than Carthel.

At West Texas A&M, Carthel ran an “Air-Raid offense” very similar to Mike Leach's offense at nearby Texas Tech.[3] After guiding West Texas A&M to its second undefeated regular season in school history, Carthel was named 2007 American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Region Four Coach of the year.[4] On August 22, 2013, it was announced that Carthel had been fired by the university.[5]

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Lubbock Christian Chaparrals (Sooner Athletic Conference) (1981–1982)
1981 Lubbock Christian 2–8
1982 Lubbock Christian 0–10
Lubbock Christian: 2–18
Eastern New Mexico Greyhounds (Lone Star Conference) (1985–1991)
1985 Eastern New Mexico 5–5 3–2
1986 Eastern New Mexico 8–3 3–3
1987 Eastern New Mexico 9–2 4–2
1988 Eastern New Mexico 2–8 0–6
1989 Eastern New Mexico 7–3 5–2
1990 Eastern New Mexico 6–4 5–2
1991 Eastern New Mexico 7–3–1 5–1 1st
Eastern New Mexico: 44–28–1 25–18
West Texas A&M Buffaloes (Lone Star Conference) (2005–present)
2005 West Texas A&M 10–2 9–1 1st L Division II 2nd Round
2006 West Texas A&M 11–2 8–1 1st L Division II 2nd Round
2007 West Texas A&M 12–1 9–0 1st L Division II 2nd Round
2008 West Texas A&M 11–2 8–2 2nd
2009 West Texas A&M 6–5 6–3 5th (South)
West Texas A&M: 50–12 40–7
Total: 96–58–1
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title

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