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Carmody at Welsh-Ryan Arena on January 3, 2013
December 4, 1951 |
Rahway, New Jersey, USA
|Alma mater||Union College (bachelor of arts)|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|Fulton-Montgomery Community College
Union College (assistant)
|Head coaching record|
|Accomplishments and honors|
Ivy League Regular Season Championship (1997, 1998)
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.
Early life and education
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.
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.
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.
In 2000, he succeeded Kevin O'Neill as the head coach of the Northwestern Wildcats Men's Basketball Team. While at Northwestern, Carmody recruited Craig Robinson — a Carril player at Princeton (and a brother of First Lady Michelle Obama) — to return to basketball as a coach, from a post-college career in finance. Robinson was Carmody's assistant coach from 1999[clarification needed] until 2006. Since 2008, Robinson is the head coach at Oregon State University. Carmody has the second most wins in Northwestern basketball history.
On January 18, Northwestern defeated the then-number-seventeen Minnesota Golden Gophers. 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, 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, 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 only once notched a .500 record. After the Wildcats suffered their first losing season in six years, Carmody was fired on March 16, 2013.
Head coaching record
|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|
|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)|
|2008–2009||Northwestern||17–14||8–10||9th||NIT First Round|
|2009–2010||Northwestern||20–14||7–11||7th||NIT First Round|
|2011–2012||Northwestern||19–14||8–10||7th||NIT Second Round|
|Northwestern:||192–220 (.476)||70–150 (.318)|
National champion Conference regular season champion Conference tournament champion
- 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."
- "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."
- Princeton Athletic Communications. "1965 NCAA Final Four Team". Princeton University. Retrieved 2010-03-24.
- "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.
- "Northwestern tops Minnesota for first win vs. ranked team since '06". ESPN. 2009-01-18. Retrieved 2013-03-17.
- "Wildcats end Spartans' 28-game home-court winning streak". ESPN. 2009-01-21. Retrieved 2013-03-17.
- "2010 NCAA Men's Basketball Rankings - Week 8 (Dec. 28)". ESPN. Retrieved 2013-03-17.
- Katz, Andy (2013-03-16). "Northwestern fires Bill Carmody". ESPN. Retrieved 2013-03-17.