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Doug Carter has been named Olivet College head women’s soccer coach, bringing decades of experience coaching collegiate soccer to the Comets.

“I am thrilled to welcome Coach Carter to the Comet athletic staff,” said Ryan Shockey, Olivet College athletic director. “He brings a great coaching resume to the program, and I look forward to watching him continue the success our women’s soccer team had last year.”

Coach Carter comes to Olivet College after a successful coaching career at Northwood University in Midland. He was the head coach for the men’s program from 2001-17 and led the women’s team from 1998-2010. In 29 combined years, the Wolves posted a 239-246-31 record.

Coach Carter led the men to a 148-119-20 career record. He was named the Great Lakes Region Coach of the Year in 2003 and the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Coach of the Year in 2004. Coach Carter guided the program to the GLIAC Tournament championship match in 2007 and a trip to the NCAA Tournament in 2012.

Most recently, the Wolves won the GLIAC championship in 2015 and 2017, and the GLIAC Tournament championship in 2014 and 2015. The 2014 campaign saw Northwood win the GLIAC Tournament with a 1-0 win over Saginaw Valley State University. The Wolves earned the No. 2 seed in the Midwest Region and hosted an NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history.

During Coach Carter’s tenure as the women’s coach, he mentored the only GLIAC Player of the Year in program history (Amanda Watson, 2010) and Freshman of the Year (Margaret Humiecki, 1999).

“I am humbled to have been selected to the Comets’ coaching staff as the new head women’s soccer coach,” said Coach Carter. “Thank you to everyone involved in the interview process, especially Athletic Director Ryan Shockey. I’m excited to meet the outstanding women’s soccer team. I hope to maintain and build upon all their hard work. The program has been strong and I hope that I can help them achieve additional success. ​I want us to be the best we can be.”

The Comets posted an extremely successfully 2017-18 season with a 13-7-1 record and advanced to the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Tournament championship game for the first time since 1998. The team earned the second-place spot in the final standings, the highest outright finish in school history.

In 1992, Coach Carter graduated from the University of Surrey with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and sports studies. He played collegiate soccer for his alma mater, starting all three seasons and serving as team captain for two years. Coach Carter also played 11 seasons for the Civil Service Football Club in London.

Be sure to welcome Coach Carter on the field when the 2018 women’s soccer season begins Sept. 1. Learn more about Olivet College by contacting the Office of Admissions at admissions@olivetcollege.edu or 800.456.7189.

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