Holy Cross Head Men's Basketball Coach Bill Carmody Announces Retirement
WORCESTER, Mass. - After more than 40 years of coaching at the collegiate level, Holy Cross head men’s basketball coach Bill Carmody has announced his retirement. Carmody has served as the Crusaders’ head coach for the last four years and has posted a career record of 342-308. In 2016, he led Holy Cross to the Patriot League Tournament title and the school’s first NCAA Tournament victory since 1953.
“When I arrived here four years ago, I knew my decades of college coaching would likely end at Holy Cross. I could not have wished for a more fitting last stop,” said Carmody. “Holy Cross embodies what many college athletics programs struggle to deliver — commitment without compromise. This was not an easy decision. Barbara and I, as well as our two sons, have come to love Holy Cross. If I were to continue coaching, there is nowhere I’d rather be, and I will miss this place.”
Carmody’s 2015-2016 Holy Cross team won four-consecutive Patriot League Tournament games on the road to win the league crown, becoming the first team in conference history to accomplish that feat. The Crusaders downed Lehigh, 59-56, in the Patriot League championship game, before posting a 59-55 victory over Southern at the NCAA First Four in Dayton, Ohio. On Nov. 22, 2016, Carmody earned his 300th career victory when Holy Cross defeated Harvard, 63-52.
“I have admired Coach Carmody’s career from afar for a long time,” said Holy Cross director of athletics Marcus Blossom. “He has had such an impactful and remarkable career at institutions that value both athletic and academic achievement. And while I would have enjoyed the opportunity to work with such an incredible coach and leader, I know he has positioned this program for success. I wish him and his family the very best as they enter this new chapter.”
Prior to his time with the Crusaders, Carmody served as the head coach at Northwestern University for 13 seasons. He guided the Wildcats to four-consecutive winning seasons from 2008-2012, with his 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 teams both recording a then-school record 20 victories. Carmody was also selected as the Big Ten Conference Coach of the Year in 2003-2004.
Carmody was previously the head coach at Princeton University from 1996-2000. During his four-year tenure, he guided the Tigers to an overall record of 92-25 and an Ivy League mark of 50-6, while leading the team to the postseason each year. In 1997-1998, Carmody’s Princeton team finished with a 27-2 record, a top-10 national ranking and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Holy Cross will immediately commence a national search for Carmody’s replacement.
The College of the Holy Cross invites letters of nomination, applications, or expressions of interest to be submitted to Parker Executive Search, the search firm assisting the College. Confidential review of materials will begin immediately and continue until the appointment is made. For full consideration, application materials should be submitted directly to the search firm as soon as possible. For additional information, please contact:
Parker Executive Search
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A MESSAGE FROM COACH CARMODY:
When I arrived here four years ago, I knew my decades of college coaching would likely end at Holy Cross. I could not have wished for a more fitting last stop.
Holy Cross embodies what many college athletics programs struggle to deliver — commitment without compromise.
I have been impressed with so many things: the integrity of the administration, the winning tradition and passion of former players — many of them living basketball legends, the impressive alumni support, the genuine concern for players’ well-being, and the college’s dedication to long-term success — the amazing Luth Athletic Complex is just the most obvious example.
I’m confident my staff and players will continue to make the Holy Cross community proud. We have a good combination of seasoned veterans and talented new blood. The junior class is special — as a group, they have a significant amount of meaningful game experience. My successor will be happy with this team.
I want to thank several people who have been especially helpful. First, Fr. Boroughs, who quietly makes it all happen; Nathan Pine, for hiring me and always supporting the program; Brendan Sullivan, who is not only a great administrator but a great fan; Rose Shea for her good counsel; Ann McDermott, our admissions director, for her hard work; Walter Trisdale and Shepard Allen for keeping our student-athletes healthy and strong; the men and women of the facilities department, for taking care of the details every day; and finally, my coaches, for their tireless dedication.
I congratulate and welcome Marcus Blossom, our new athletics director, and wish him nothing but the best.
This was not an easy decision. Barbara and I, as well as our two sons, have come to love Holy Cross. If I were to continue coaching, there is nowhere I’d rather be, and I will miss this place.