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Exclusive: Hurley Completes Coaching Staff At URI

Friday, March 30, 2012


It didn't take long for Dan Hurley to complete his coaching staff at URI.  The Rams new head coach added Rutgers assistant Jimmy Carr to his staff and kept Preston Murphy who was at the school under Jim Baron.

GoLocalProv.com talked to Hurley Monday.  At that time, the URI coach said that he thought he might complete his staff sometime this week.  True to his word, Hurley asked Carr and Murphy to join him and his brother Bobby in Kingston.

Rhody fans know Preston Murphy from both his playing days and as an assistant at the school.  Here's some details on Carr from the Rutgers athletics website:

Jim Carr, who enters his 13th campaign with the Scarlet Knights in 2011-12, serves as director of basketball operations under head coach Mike Rice. Carr has spent five seasons (2004-05 to 2008-09) as an assistant coach at Rutgers and served as recruiting coordinator in 2009-10 before assuming his current role with the program.

“Jimmy is a tireless worker who understands the landscape of Rutgers and metro basketball as well as anyone,” said head coach Mike Rice. “His experience was instrumental in our ability to navigate the landscape last season and will continue to be a strong asset as we build for the future.”

Carr has mentored multiple Scarlet Knights, 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.

The Freeland, Pa., native began his second stint at Rutgers in September of 2002 as Director of Men’s Basketball Operations, after spending two years as an assistant coach at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Carr, who had previously served in the capacity of Director of Men’s Basketball Operations at Rutgers from 1997-2000, has an extensive background that includes over 20 years of coaching, administration and recruiting experience at the high school and college levels.

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.

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 announced the founding of “In Brayden’s Eyes, The Brayden Carr Foundation” in July. The foundation is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit charitable organization. The foundation has a fully volunteer staff. One hundred percent of its net proceeds go directly into a fund to provide athletic, social, rehabilitative, and academic opportunities to children with seizure disorders, as well as to provide humanitarian support/relief to their parents.

Brayden passed away on May 10. Out of tragedy, the Carr family dedicated their lives to honoring their son’s indomitable spirit and infectious enthusiasm for life through positive endeavors.

“The overwhelming support our family has received from the basketball community in the wake of Brayden’s passing has been heartfelt and inspiring,” said Jim. “We see an opportunity to help families dealing with similar challenges. It’s important that we do not let this opportunity pass us by. Through support, donations and corporate partnership, our hope is that Brayden’s smile shines on, his laugh is heard and his eyes are forever bright through the efforts of this very important foundation.”


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