Carrier leaving Kerr-Vance after eight seasons

Jul. 10, 2014 @ 09:49 PM

Coaching has never been about winning games for David Carrier, who has preached teamwork and effort as a varsity boys head basketball coach for the last 20 years.

Carrier ended an eight-year tenure at Kerr-Vance Academy on Tuesday, signing on to become the new varsity boys head basketball coach, assistant athletic director and middle school golf coach at Westchester Country Day School in High Point.

Carrier had recently added co-athletic director to his title at KVA and spent the last eight seasons as the Spartans' varsity boys head basketball coach.

"They really reminded me a lot of Kerr-Vance," Carrier said of Westchester. "They didn't talk a lot about winning games. They talked about building character and young men and teaching them how to survive and be on a team. That's what it's all about. That excited me and I felt like I was looking in a mirror. I think it's a great fit. I think it will be a really good move for my family as well."

Carrier, a physical education teacher, also led KVA's golf program to two state titles and coached the varsity girls basketball team for two seasons.

The Charlotte native was in his second stint as the Spartans' varsity boys head basketball coach, initially leading the team from 1989-1992.

"He's been an enormous part of the school and it's going to be tough to have him go. It really is," said Paul Villatico, KVA's headmaster. "One of the things that impresses me most about David and the program is it's not about championships.

"It's not about winning; it's about their future. It was about making sure that they had a positive experience that had an impact on their future."

KVA and Westchester shared somewhat of a rivalry over the years in N.C. Independent School Athletic Association Class 2-A with the private schools vying for state titles against each other in basketball, baseball and golf.

The Spartans are now in 1-A while the Wildcats compete in the 2-A Triad Athletic Conference.

Westchester has four 2-A state boys basketball championships and is the last school other than Northside Christian Academy to win one. The Charlotte program has claimed the last three 2-A titles.

Carrier has a longstanding relationship with Adam Schwartz, Westchester's athletic director.

“What separated him was that he's an independent school guy, and he has a passion for teaching lower school as well as coaching basketball," Schwartz told the High Point Enterprise. “But his experience is what really separated him from a lot of coaches. He'll be the perfect fit for the Westchester community at the school, on the basketball court and the golf course.”

Carrier led Charlotte's Providence Day School to consecutive state titles in 1998 and 1999 prior to rejoining KVA.

In March, Carrier coached the East team in the inaugural Upward North Carolina Private School All-Star Basketball Game.

Carrier leaves behind longtime KVA assistant coach Bob Walker, who has served on the staffs of five different head coaches in 22 seasons.

Carrier said he will miss Walker terribly and that he has thoroughly enjoyed his time at KVA.

"Working with Paul Villatico has been great. He has given me support," said Carrier. "The parents have given me support. I just can't express enough how tough it is to leave Kerr-Vance. I will miss it — most importantly, the student-athletes. Good athletes, but great student-athletes and great kids. I've been really, really lucky to be associated with that school for that long. I will miss it."

Contact the writer at kholtzman@hendersondispatch.com.