HIRAM, OHIO — Hiram College associate head coach Scott Carter has been named to replace Ellen Dempsey as Head Coach of the Terrier volleyball program that was announced today (Friday, Jan. 13).
Scott Carter has spent the previous two seasons with the program as an assistant/associate head coach. Carter replaces Dempsey who is the program’s all-time winningest coach with a 267-113 record in 11 seasons and 457-271 in 19 overall seasons as a head coach. This past fall, the Terriers posted a 27-9 overall record and finished second in the North Coast Athletic Conference with a 13-3 mark. Hiram qualified for the NCAC Tournament for the 11th consecutive season and advanced to the tournament title match for the 10th straight year. Also in 2011, Hiram earned a spot in the NCAA Division III National Tournament for the fourth time in program history, all coming after Dempsey took over the program prior to the 2001 season.
In the past two seasons at Hiram, Carter served as the Defensive Coordinator and helped coach the Terriers to become the 16th nationally ranked blocking team in the country in 2011. During that time, he also helped coach eight All-Conference players, including the 2010 NCAC Player of the Year.
Carter came to Hiram after two-years as the head volleyball coach at Stow-Munroe Falls High School. While there, Carter led the volleyball program to two district championships, a regional championship and an appearance in the state final four. He received back-to-back coach of the year awards while producing seven All- Conference and six All-District players.
Carter also has had over 17 years of coaching experience at the collegiate level as a head coach and recruiting coordinator. Carter’s resume includes stops at Broome Community (N.Y.) College, SUNY Oneonta, Sacred Heart (Conn.) University, Kent State University and the University of Kentucky. As a recruiting coordinator at the collegiate level, he has produced three recruiting classes that ranked among the 50 nationally which helped lead programs at the University of Kentucky and Kent State University more than double those program’s win totals within a three-year period. Also during his time at Kent State and Kentucky, Carter recruited and coached nine All-Freshman Team players and six All-Conference Team selections. He has been widely known as one of the nation’s top talent scouts for the sport of volleyball, working closely with over 160 Division I programs.
In addition, Carter has worked as an intern assistant with the USA Olympic Team and World Games Team in 1999. Has also has seven years experience coaching collegiate men’s volleyball and helped lead the Sacred Heart University men’s volleyball team to their first NCAA Tournament appearance in 2001 as the team finished with a 25-6 overall record. He posted seven consecutive 20 win seasons as head coach and his winning percentage ranks among the top-10 all-time in men’s college volleyball.
Carter has an associate’s degree in sociology and a bachelor’s degree in psychology. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in sports psychology/exercise physiology and motor learning.
Carter currently resides in Streetsboro, Ohio with his wife, Melissa and two children, Grady and Aislin.