Andrew Carter Named Iowa's Rowing Coach

July 13, 2013

IOWA CITY, Iowa — University of Iowa director of athletics Gary Barta has named Andrew Carter as head coach of the Hawkeye rowing program. Carter is the program’s third head coach and has a total of 24 years of coaching experience.

“Andrew has coached championship rowing at the collegiate and international level,” said Barta. “We have built some momentum over the past year, and it is important we keep pushing toward becoming a championship contender in the Big Ten and beyond. I am confident Andrew will give us that opportunity.”

During his career, Carter has earned more than 50 championship medals, and over the last 12 years, he has coached seven All-Americans and 24 National Scholar-Athletes. He turned Miami into a nationally-ranked program, and led Clemson to its first-ever Atlantic Coast Conference title and NCAA Championship appearance.

“I’m very excited to be joining the University of Iowa community and am looking forward to becoming a member of a terrific team,” said Carter. “I’d like to thank Gary Barta and Paula Jantz for not only their confidence in me, but for the work they’ve done to establish such a solid foundation from which to work.

“Everyone I’ve met from the team, department, university, and Iowa City community has been incredibly welcoming, and they share an excitement about the future of the rowing program. It’s infectious and incredibly motivating. Combine that excitement with this brilliant city, outstanding university, and unbelievable rowing facility and venue, and you have a recipe for great things. My family and I are thrilled to be part of it.”

Carter comes to Iowa City following a four-year stint as head women’s rowing coach at the University of Miami, where he helped the Hurricanes rise from the bottom of the Atlantic Coast Conference into the national polls.

Under his leadership, the Varsity 8+ posted an overall record of 30-11 in 2013, highlighted by a San Diego Crew Classic Cal Cup Championship. In 2012, the Open 8+ and the Championship 4+ each earned silver medals at the Head of the Hooch Regatta, while the Varsity 8+ secured a bronze medal at the event.

Before taking over at Miami, Carter spent the 2008-09 season as an assistant coach at Clemson University, where he coached the Varsity 4+ group that claimed 2009 ACC and NCAA titles. The Tigers achieved a No. 9 national ranking along with eight top-three finishes during the fall season before claiming their first ACC Championship and earning a berth into the NCAA Championships.

From 2000-08, Carter was head coach of the men’s and women’s rowing programs at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. He led the Bobcats women’s team to back-to-back NCAA Division III Women’s Rowing Championships appearances, and the men’s team became one of the top programs in an NCAA division. Among the student-athletes Carter coached was 2005 graduate Andrew Byrnes, a gold medalist for the Canadian National Team (men’s eight) at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China.

During the 2006-07, Carter spent a sabbatical year, serving as director of coach development for Otago Rowing Association in Dunedin — the capital of Otaga province in New Zealand. While working with Otaga Rowing, he headed the regional high performance ID and development program, while overseeing more than 40 coaches and 20 regional programs.

Before his time at Bates, Carter spent the 1999-00 season as an assistant coach at the University of Southern California. From 1996-99, he served as head rowing coach at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. Carter has also coached various successful collegiate, club, and provincial programs throughout his native 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 include 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.

Carter is a U.S. Rowing Level III Coach and a Rowing Canada Aviron Level IV Coach, as well as a National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) Master Instructor and Master Coach Evaluator. He is affiliated with the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association and U.S. Rowing.

Carter earned his bachelor’s degree in kinesiology-biomechanics from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and a master’s degree in kinesiology-biomechanics from the University of Western 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.