Joint statement: John Carroll to Resign; Position to be Posted

Photo Credit: Alan Hubbard
Photo Credit: Alan Hubbard

KINGSTON, R.I. - The University of Rhode Island Assistant Men's Basketball Coach John Carroll remains on sick leave. Head Coach David Cox and Coach Carroll are hoping that his health improves so that he can continue to be an integral part of the URI men's basketball coaching staff.

In the event that Coach Carroll's health will not allow him to continue with the rigors required to serve in this capacity, we are posting his position in accordance with University of Rhode Island Human Resource policy.

Coach Carroll will have the opportunity to apply for this position, as will other candidates. This will provide him the opportunity to continue to improve his health and also ensure that the URI basketball staff will be complete by mid August.  The Athletic Department felt this was the best approach under the circumstances.

Coach Carroll was out on paid sick from February 20 and through the end of May. He currently is on unpaid sick leave, and this will remain in effect through July 30, at which time the department expects to fill our vacancy. It is certainly our hope that Coach Carroll's health will allow him to apply and interview for the job and continue to be a valued presence on Coach Cox's staff.

"On Feb.19, my life took a different path due to serious health issues. It has been a long recovery with a lot of tremendous help from a lot of people," Carroll said. "I have been overwhelmed by and thankful for the concern and assistance from all the people at Rhode Island.

"I have spent my whole life in the basketball community, but the support from David Cox, Thorr Bjorn, all the assistant coaches and support staff and the administration at URI has been overwhelming and so truly appreciated. I feel really fortunate to be part of such a caring and exceptional group."

Shortly after being named head coach at Rhode Island, Cox hired Carroll in June of 2018.

"John Carroll is an exceptional man, leader and basketball coach, and he was a very important hire when I was putting our staff together," Cox said. "His health and recovery have been and will remain the top priority."