Andrew Carter enters into his fifth year as head coach of the University of Miami rowing program. A former assistant coach at Clemson University, Carter brings to the Hurricanes program more than 20 years of coaching experience both on the collegiate and international levels of competition.
Carter arrived to UM via Clemson University where he spent the 2008-09 season as an assistant coach under Richard Ruggieri and the Tigers program. He takes over the Hurricanes program for interim head coach Boban Rankovic who stepped in following the resignation of Robbie Tenenbaum.
In his only year at Clemson, Carter worked closely with the varsity rowers, specializing in small boat training, biomechanical analysis, rigging, and technique screening. With the Tigers, Carter helped Clemson achieve a No. 9 national ranking going along with eight top-three finishes during the fall season, as well as helping the Tigers claim their first-ever Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Championship. With the ACC crown, the Tigers earned their first NCAA Championships appearance. Carter personally coached the Tigers' NCAA Champion Varsity 4+ crew at the NCAA Championships on May 31 in Cherry Hill, N.J.
Throughout his career, Carter has won more than 50 championships as a coach, in addition to coaching seven All-Americans and 17 National Scholar-Athletes.
Prior to his one-year stint at Clemson, Carter spent seven years as head rowing coach at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine where he helped lead the Bobcats women's team to back-to-back NCAA Division III Women's Rowing Championships appearances. He was in charge of both men's and women's programs at Bates.
Under Carter's guidance, the Bates men's team became one of the top programs in any NCAA division. Among the student-athletes Carter coached at Bates was 2005 graduate Andrew Byrnes, who was a gold medalist for the Canadian National Team (men's eight) at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China.
During the 2006-07 season, Carter spent a sabbatical year serving as the Director of Coach development for Otago Rowing Association in Dunedin--the capital of Otaga province in New Zealand. While working with Otaga Rowing, he also headed the regional high performance ID and development program.
Before his time at Bates, Carter served as an assistant coach at the University of Southern California during the 1999-2000 season. From 1996-1999, he served as head coach at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. In addition, Carter has coached various successful collegiate, club and provincial programs throughout his native country of Canada.
Carter spent two years working at Canada's National Rowing Center in London, Ontario prior to coming to the United States. His achievements as a rower and coach are well-documented, including numerous medals in many of North America's major rowing competitions such as the National Invitational Championship, Dad Vail, Canadian Championship, Royal Canadian Henley and the Head of the Charles Regatta.
In addition to being a U.S. Rowing Level III and Rowing Canada Aviron Level IV certified coach, Carter received a B.Sc. (Kinesiology) in applied sports science from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, as well as achieving a M.Sc. (Kinesiology) in Biomechanics from the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario. Highly regarded in both the academic and coaching fields, Carter is a regular speaker at national and international coaching conferences on topics in biomechanics, technique, equipment, and training.