UMPI names Carter new women’s basketball coach

Posted Aug. 09, 2013, at 8:18 p.m.
Doug Carter
UMaine-Presque Isle
Doug Carter

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — Doug Carter of Williamsburg, Ky., has been named the new women’s basketball coach and sports information director at the University of Maine-Presque Isle, the school’s athletic director Paul Stone announced in a news release Friday.

“Doug is a proven recruiter with a record of improving programs in the collegiate ranks. I think he is a good fit for the Owls and we expect him take the program to new heights on and off the court,” Stone said. “I also would like to thank the members of the women’s basketball search committee and Jim Casciano, its chair, for their hard work over the past few weeks.”

Carter joins the Owls from the University of the Cumberlands (Ky.). During the past two seasons, UC was ranked nationally as high as No. 5 in NAIA Division I Basketball, winning the regular season and Mid-South Conference championships in 2012.

“I am extremely honored to have been chosen to lead the women’s basketball program at the University of Maine-Presque Isle. I would like to thank Dr. Schott, Paul Stone and the search committee for this tremendous opportunity,” Carter said. “I loved the community, the close-knit, family atmosphere of the college staff was so welcoming, I can’t wait to get started working with these talented young ladies.”

Carter was also an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at the University of Virginia-Wise from 2006-2010. In Carter’s last season at UVA-Wise he was named interim head coach and charged with the task of transitioning the basketball program into the NAIA Division I level of play.

Carter takes over an Owls’ team that ended last season at 8-17 after an 0-8 start, under coach Marcus Heidorf.

Heidorf resigned in June after two seasons.

“This is largely a personal decision,” said Heidorf, “I have enjoyed my time in Presque Isle. We welcomed a daughter to our clan this year. An opportunity was presented where I could advance my professional career while giving her a chance to meet and grow up with her extended family.”

Heidorf guided the Owls basketball team through the athletic department’s first two seasons as both NCAA and USCAA independents.

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