Rick E. Carter
Biographical details
Born(1943-07-01)July 1, 1943
Dayton, Ohio[1]
DiedFebruary 2, 1986(1986-02-02) (aged 42)
West Boylston, Massachusetts
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Football
1965Earlham (GA)
1966–1971Earlham
1972–1976Hanover
1977–1980Dayton
1981–1985Holy Cross
Baseball
1969–1972Earlham
Head coaching record
Overall137–58–7 (football)
76–53–2 (baseball)
TournamentsFootball
0–2 (NAIA D-II playoffs)
3–1 (NCAA D-III playoffs)
0–1 (NCAA D-I-AA playoffs)
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
Football
1 NCAA Division III (1980)
5 Hoosier-Buckeye (1973–1976)
Awards
Football
AFCA College Division Coach of the Year (1980)

Rick E. Carter (July 1, 1943 – February 2, 1986) was an American football and baseball player and coach. He served as the head football coach Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana (1966–1971), Hanover College (1972–1976), the University of Dayton (1977–1980), and the College of the Holy Cross (1981–1985), compiling a career college football coaching record of 137–58–7.[2][3] His 1980 Dayton Flyers won the NCAA Division III Football Championship after a 14–0 season and a 63–0 victory over Ithaca in the title game.[4] He was named the AFCA College Division Coach of the Year in 1980.[5]

Carter committed suicide after the 1985 season at the age of 42.[6] He had been hospitalized for psychiatric treatment of depression. His father had died of cancer the previous August and his mother was terminally ill but friends claimed he was also upset about his lack of career advancement. In previous years Carter had been offered jobs at several major programs, but Holy Cross would not release him from his contract and those offers had stopped coming.[7][8] He was survived by his wife and two sons.[9]

Head coaching record

Football

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs NCAA#
Earlham Quakers (NCAA College Division independent) (1966)
1966 Earlham 2–5–1
Earlham Quakers (Hoosier Conference) (1967–present)
1967 Earlham 4–3–1 2–2–1 T–4th
1968 Earlham 4–3–1 3–3 4th
1969 Earlham 5–4 3–3 T–3rd
1970 Earlham 6–3 3–1 T–1st
Earlham Quakers (NAIA Division II independent) (1971)
1971 Earlham 6–3
Earlham: 27–21–3 11–9–1
Hanover Panthers (Hoosier-Buckeye Conference) (1972–1976)
1972 Hanover 4–5 2–5 8th
1973 Hanover 8–1 6–1 1st
1974 Hanover 9–1 7–0 1st L NAIA Division II Semifinal
1975 Hanover 9–1 8–0 1st L NAIA Division II Semifinal
1976 Hanover 6–3 6–2 T–1st
Hanover: 36–11 29–8
Dayton Flyers (NCAA Division III independent) (1977–1980)
1977 Dayton 8–3
1978 Dayton 9–2–1 L NCAA Division III Quarterfinal
1979 Dayton 8–2–1
1980 Dayton 14–0 W NCAA Division III Championship
Dayton: 39–7–2
Holy Cross Crusaders (NCAA Division I-AA independent) (1981–1985)
1981 Holy Cross 6–5
1982 Holy Cross 8–3 13
1983 Holy Cross 9–2–1 L NCAA Division I-AA Quarterfinal 3
1984 Holy Cross 8–3 15
1985 Holy Cross 4–6–1
Holy Cross: 35–19–2
Total: 137–58–7
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title or championship game berth
  • #Rankings from final NCAA Poll.

References

  1. ^ "Head Football Coach Named at the University of Dayton". University of Dayton Press Release. versity of Dayton. October 6, 1977. Retrieved 27 March 2022.
  2. ^ "Carter Had Built Record Of Success".
  3. ^ "Rick E. Carter Records by Year". Archived from the original on 2016-03-03. Retrieved 2012-09-27.
  4. ^ "Dayton Yearly Results". Archived from the original on December 18, 2011. Retrieved September 29, 2012.
  5. ^ "Past National COTY Winners". Archived from the original on August 20, 2012.
  6. ^ "Coach at Holy Cross Is Suicide by Hanging".
  7. ^ "A Wonderful Throwback".[dead link]
  8. ^ "Tragedy Ends Coach`s Dreams".
  9. ^ "Rick Carter, Holy Cross' 42-Year-Old Football Coach, Commits Suicide".