Mittie Appoints Carr to Coaching Staff


Chris Carr in 1997 NBA Slam Dunk Contest

MANHATTAN, Kan. –
Kansas State women’s basketball head coach Jeff Mittie has rounded out his coaching staff for the 2016-17 season with the addition of former NBA guard Chris Carr. Carr will helm the position of Director of Student-Athlete Development for the program.

“I am thrilled to welcome Chris and his family to our staff and the K-State family,” stated Mittie about his newest hire. “After a successful NBA and professional career Chris has been a business owner and  coach in the Minneapolis, Minnesota area. His vast basketball knowledge and extensive professional experience will help in his role as Director of Student-Athlete Development. He will greatly enhance the student-athlete experience for current and future Wildcats.”

Carr, a six-year NBA veteran and former high school coach, played for six organizations - Phoenix, Minnesota, New Jersey, Golden State, Chicago and Boston – during his career in which he registered totals of 6.7 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 297 games played. He also made two NBA Playoffs appearances, one with Phoenix in his rookie season of 1995-96 and another with Minnesota in 1996-97. Carr played with legends such as Charles Barkley, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce during his time in the league and in 1997 he was a part of the NBA All-Star Saturday Night festivities in Cleveland, Ohio, as he competed in the Slam Dunk Contest and finished as a runner-up to champion Kobe Bryant.

Prior to being a second round pick by Phoenix in the 1995 NBA Draft, Carr was a three-year letter winner at Southern Illinois, where he was a teammate for one season with current K-State men’s basketball associate head coach Chris Lowery. Carr, who is a member of the Saluki Hall of Fame, concluded his career with Southern Illinois with career totals of 1,251 points and 539 rebounds.

During the 1994-95 season, Carr was the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) scoring champion with an average of 22.0 points per game on his way to earning First Team All-MVC honors. He was a two-time MVC All-Tournament Team selection, including the 1995 MVC Tournament MVP and was a four-time MVC Player of the Week.

“I am blessed to have such an amazing opportunity,” said Carr about his role with K-State women’s basketball. “To have an opportunity to work for someone that you have a ton of respect for both as a coach, as well as a person, speaks volumes of the direction that the program is headed in. It is going to be a great year. My family and I are excited to be a part of the K-State family.”

Following his NBA career, Carr founded 43 Hoops in Hopkins, Minnesota, in 2003 to provide personal training and skill development for young players and oversaw 20 boys and girls AAU Teams and coached both Elite Boys and Elite Girls AAU teams. Carr also jumped into the high school coaching ranks in 2010 and helmed the varsity girls program at Eden Prairie, Minnesota, High School from 2010-15 where he guided the program to an overall record of 106-34 which included a State 4A Runner-Up finish in 2011 and a State 4A Third Place finish in 2014.

Carr joins a Kansas State program that tallied a 19-13 overall record in 2015-16 and the program’s first appearance in the NCAA Tournament and first win in the tournament since 2012.

The Wildcats registered an 8-10 mark in the Big 12, which marked the most wins in league play since the 2011-12 season. After being slated for a seventh-place finish by the Big 12 Conference coaches in the preseason poll, K-State carded a sixth place finish in the conference standings. This was the second straight season under Mittie that K-State has improved its league win total from one season to the next.

For the 2016-17 season, K-State returns nine letter winners from the 2015-16 squad. The Wildcats will be led into the 2016-17 season by 2016 All-Big 12 First Team selection and two-time Big 12 All-Defensive Team honoree Breanna Lewis and 2016 All-Big 12 Second Team selection Kindred Wesemann. Overall, K-State returns 75 percent of its scoring and assists and 87 percent of its rebounding.

In addition to the returning letter winners, Kansas State welcomes in five newcomers for the 2016-17 season including: junior guard Karyla Middlebrook (Blue Springs, Missouri), redshirt freshman forward Lanie Page (Wamego, Kansas), freshman guard Mercedes Brooks (Wichita Falls, Texas), freshman forward Peyton Williams (Topeka, Kansas) and freshman forward Eternati Willock (Scarborough, Ontario, Canada).

Season tickets are on sale now for the 2016-17 season. Fans may order online at
www.kstatesports.com/tickets, by phone at (800) 221-CATS or in person at the K-State Athletics Ticket Office located in Bramlage Coliseum.