Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – May 24, 2017 – Girard College has named Donnie Carr Head Coach of the Boys Basketball program. Carr is expected to begin working with Girard in June. He will likely coach the team in several area team camps.
Carr notes, “Girard College is truly one of the hidden gems in Philadelphia. The combination of high quality academics, diverse student population and great facilities may be unmatched. I look forward to building upon the tremendous success that Clyde Jones had with the program last year. I really appreciate Clay Armbrister, Henry Fairfax and Bob Jordan entrusting me to lead this program. I’m ready to get to work.”
Most recently, Carr served as the Coordinator of Player Development for Hartford University. In his role, he assisted head coach John Gallagher in helping players improve their games through film and statistical analysis while away from the court.
Longtime St. Joseph’s Assistant Coach, Geoff Arnold said, “This is tremendous hire for Girard. Donnie understand Philadelphia basketball as well as anybody I know. I am confident that he will lead them to a lot of success. I expect Girard to eventually compete with Neumann-Goretti, Roman Catholic, Chester, Imhotep Archbishop Wood and the other top programs in the area.”
Carr joined the Hawks after a stint coaching in the high school and AAU ranks in the Philadelphia area. He coached for Philadelphia’s Team Final on the AAU circuit in the summer of 2015 for the Under-15 squad. He served as an assistant coach in the program for Team Final’s Under-18 team, which is annually one of the top AAU programs in the region. Additionally, he spent time as an assistant coach for the Haverford School, Roman Catholic High School and Holy Family University.
He also spent significant time as a mentor to young players in Philadelphia, particularly spending time with the youths of the Sonny Hill Community Involvement League. Some of the players he mentored include NBA players Rasual Butler and Dion Waiters and college players Traci Carter (Marquette), Scoop Jardine (Syracuse) and Ramone Moore (Temple).
His time as a coach followed an overseas playing career that was cut short by injuries. He spent time playing in both Turkey and France, logging three years as an international pro before being forced to wrapping up his playing career in 2004. He burst onto the Turkish League scene, leading the league in scoring as a rookie for his first three months before eventually finishing third in the league. He played for Turk Telecom, annually one of the top teams in Turkey, and in France for Becanson in 2001-02.
Attending high school at Roman Catholic, the Philadelphia native was one of the most highly-touted players in the nation, where he was noted for his 1-on-1 battles with Kobe Bryant in their high school days.
Carr went on to a tremendous college career at LaSalle, where he was a two-time All-Atlantic 10 selection and he finished his career with 2,067 points, placing in the top five in both scoring and assists in Explorers history. He led the Atlantic 10 in scoring in his first season, earning Rookie of the Year honors, and finished in the league’s top four in scoring in each of his four years. His 19.7 career points per game average is third in A-10 history among players who played in the league for more than one year.
He is one of the most legendary players in Big 5 history as well, being named First Team All-Big 5 in each of his four seasons and going on to be inducted in the Big 5 Hall of Fame.
The South Philadelphia native is a disciple of Philadelphia Black Basketball Hall of Famer Claude Gross. Carr has two sons, Dymere and Kisaan Carr, and a daughter, Siana Brown-Carr.