SHS boys hoops leader recognized
Starkville High School boys basketball coach Greg Carter, middle, visits with his team during a timeout. (Kim Murrell/SDN)
Starkville High School boys basketball coach Greg Carter considers any individual award the Yellowjackets receive should be one shared by the entire team.
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In the past, Carter expressed that desire for any player who was honored in some way.
Now, it's his turn.
Carter was recognized as the National Federation of State High School Coaches Association 2010 Coach of the Year in a letter sent out by the association on Jan. 12.
Following his own script, Carter wouldn't take credit for any personal accomplishment sent his way.
"I don't think anybody can win a coach of the year honor without good players and good assistant coaches," Carter said. "Last year, we had an excellent team and great players. My assistant coach Ryan Rodriguez did a great job and everything came together."
Starkville finished the 2010 season with a 31-2 overall mark, a Class 6A state championship and an overall Grand Slam title.
The NFHS recognizes coaches at the state, sectional and national level and notifies recipients by letter of the highest level of award they will receive.
In a letter sent by NFHS executive director Robert B. Gardner, he states Carter's contributions on behalf of high school athletics are deserving of being noticed.
"It really is nice to be appreciated, but coach of the year honors is something I've never really shot for," Carter said. "I've always been more team-oriented. I've always said when the team wins, individuals will be recognized. I never thought it would be the coach. I was always talking about the players. I guess in this situation, it's the coach too."
When Carter officially gets the award on April 7, SHS athletic director Stan Miller said it's very much deserved.
"I've been around a lot of coaches in my day, who have been great coaches, but the thing I love about Greg Carter is he's a great coach and he's a great person," Miller said. "With the way he works with his players, the way he works with the community and the way he carries himself throughout the community, he's a role model for our students and everyone in our community. We're fortunate to have a guy like him in our program."