VIDEO: Coaching for a Cause
Jim Carr enters his fifth season as a member of the Rhode Island men's basketball coaching staff.
Carr spent 13 seasons on the coaching staff at Rutgers, including five seasons (2004-05 to 2008-09) as an assistant coach. During that span, Carr served as recruiting coordinator for the Scarlet Knights in 2009-10 before assuming the role of director of basketball operations role. He had previously served in that capacity from 1997-2000 and has an extensive background that includes over 20 years of coaching, administration and recruiting experience at the high school and college levels.
Known as a tireless worker and recruiter, Carr mentored numerous Scarlet Knights standouts, most notably All-BIG EAST selection and 2006 NBA first round choice Quincy Douby and 2010 NBA Draft selection and current Washington Wizard Hamady Ndiaye.
Carr’s extensive international experience has developed valuable recruiting inroads for RU. He was instrumental in the program signing highly-touted prospects from South America, Africa and Europe. He has also coached multiple all-star teams on overseas tours, including trips to the Ukraine and to the Bahamas.
The Freeland, Pa., native began his second stint at Rutgers in September, 2002 after spending two years as an assistant coach at Fairleigh Dickinson under former head coach Tom Green. Carr began his coaching career as the athletic director/head basketball coach at the York (Pa.) Country Day school. He has served as an assistant at Kings (Pa.) College and Stroudsburg High School and was the Assistant Director for the Invitational Basketball Camps in Stroudsburg, Pa. Carr earned a general studies degree from York College in 1990.
Jim and his wife Natalie are the parents of Lucia Angel and the late Brayden James. The Carr family is also active in their charitable non-profit organization “In Brayden’s Eyes, The Brayden Carr Foundation.”
Brayden was an adorable two-and-a-half year old boy whose beautiful life was much too short. His battle remains an inspiration to us and his courage and perseverance is a tribute to the human spirit. Out of horrific tragedy, in May 2011, the Carr family dedicated their lives to honoring their son’s indomitable spirit and infectious enthusiasm for life through positive endeavors.
By way of service projects and fundraising ventures, they hope to provide athletic, social, rehabilitative, and academic opportunities to children with seizure conditions and their related physical needs, as well as provide humanitarian support/relief to their parents.
The Brayden Carr Foundation recently held its annual Coaches Clinic, featuring some of the top coaching minds in the college and professional ranks. The Clinic’s alumni list features five members of the Naismith Hall of Fame: Larry Brown, Bob Hurley Sr., Rick Pitino, John Calipari, and Jim Calhoun.