Former UK Men's Basketball Player to Serve as NKU Women's Assistant Coach
A former University of Kentucky men's basketball player will join Northern Kentucky University's women's team as an assistant coach.
NKU women's head coach Camryn Whitaker, who is in her first season at the helm, announced Monday that Josh Carrier will serve with her on the sideline. Carrier, who played for UK under head coach Tubby Smith from 2002 to 2005, will be responsible for recruiting, scouting, coaching the wing players, and coordinate game scheduling for the Norse.
"I could not be more excited to welcome Josh and his family to Northern Kentucky University,” said Whitaker. “His ability to build relationships will be a huge asset to our staff. Josh has grown up around sports and has a great understanding and instincts when it comes to the game of basketball. He has already made an impact in the development of our players on and off the floor! We are so fortunate he decided to join us at NKU and look forward to continuing the success with his help."
Carrier comes to NKU after working in the private sector for the last ten years, spending the last two years serving in a management role coaching and developing pharmaceutical sales representatives.
"Joining Coach Whitaker and the entire staff is a definite thrill for me, as well as my family. When Coach Whitaker called, I knew this was an outstanding opportunity. Basketball has been in my blood my entire life, and I look forward to being part of this impressive program and continuing the winning culture at Northern Kentucky University," said Carrier. "The leadership at NKU, including President (Geoff) Mearns and Mr. (Ken) Bothof, is second-to-none, and I look forward to helping the student-athletes win championships while obtaining their degrees.”
At the University of Kentucky, Carrier received his bachelor's degree in business and was a three-time Academic All-SEC award recipient and served as team captain in 2005. The 2001 Mr. Kentucky Basketball from Bowling Green High School won two SEC Tournament championships and played in four NCAA tournaments, including two Elite 8 appearances as a Wildcat.
Carrier spent one year as Graduate Assistant Coach under national championship coach Tubby Smith at UK. He was in charge of opponent scouting, video breakdown, assisted in practice planning, game preparation, on-campus recruiting, and individual workouts to help the Wildcats to a Sweet 16 appearance.
Carrier also served as head coach for the KY Premier AAU Program for the last five years, and has run individual workouts for players ranging from middle school to NBA players.
A native of Oakland, Kentucky, Carrier also holds a Master's degree in kinesiology from the University of Kentucky, as well as an MBA from Bellarmine University. Carrier has a family pedigree in teaching and coaching. His father, Darel, was an All-American basketball player at Western Kentucky University and is a member of the American Basketball Association’s All-Time Team; his mother, Donna, is a retired school teacher.
Carrier and his wife Brittany have two sons – Eli and Isaiah.
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