Brett Carey Joins Indiana State Basketball Coaching Staff

Indiana State Basketball Head Coach Greg Lansing announced today (June 2) the hiring of Brett Carey as the program’s new assistant coach. Carey joins Associate Head Coach Marcus Belcher and assistant coach Terry Parker on Lansing’s staff.

Carey comes to the Sycamore Basketball program after spending the last nine years at UNC-Asheville, including each of the last two as the program’s Associate Head Coach where he worked for head coach Nick McDevitt.

“I’m excited to bring Brett into the Sycamore Family,” coach Lansing said. “He comes highly recommended from several coaches I respect a great deal. His diversity in recruiting as well as his ability as a coach and working daily with our guys are all outstanding qualities and he fits in extremely well with the rest of the staff. This was a decision I wanted Marcus to feel good about so he had a large impact in selecting Brett.”

Carey replaces the void in the staff left when Lou Gudino left the program in late April to join the staff of New Mexico State.

“We had a lot of interest in the position after Lou left because it’s a good job and a great basketball league,” Lansing commented. “We wanted to take our time in the decision and know we have the perfect fit.”

A former standout player for the Bulldogs, Carey played key roles in helping the Bulldogs to back-to-back Big South Conference championships in 2011 and 2012 as an assistant coach. Since his ascension to Associate Head Coach the Bulldogs have had back-to-back 20-win seasons and claimed the 2016 Big South Tournament title and a share of the 2016-17 Big South Conference regular-season championship. The Bulldogs advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 2016 and played in the 2017 Tournament.

“I am thrilled to join the staff of Indiana State Basketball and am honored to be able to work with coach Lansing and be a member of the Missouri Valley Conference,” Carey said. “I want to thank everyone at Asheville for a great experience but I’m looking forward to the new task here in Terre Haute. Nick McDevitt gave me a great opportunity to be the Associate Head Coach at my alma mater and I will be forever thankful for that. I wouldn’t be where I am in the game of basketball with the coaching and mentoring of Eddie Biedenbach. Being able to learn from other coaches and legends in the game like Dave Odom have put me in position to be selected by coach Lansing and his staff. I can’t wait to get to work and help our returnees blend with a talented crop of newcomers and create more great memories for Sycamore Basketball fans!”

Carey was a two-year letterman for UNC Asheville from 1999-2001 where he started in the backcourt both years he was with the Bulldogs. He helped guide a young Asheville team to the Big South Conference championship game in 2000 and earned All-Tournament honors for his play. As a senior, he led the Bulldogs in three-pointers made and free throw percentage. Carey earned second-team All-Conference honors for his play and was named UNC Asheville Male Athlete of the Year and was chosen the Bulldog MVP. He was also third in the nation in three-point field goal percentage.

Carey, a native of Lincolnton, N.C. came back to UNC Asheville in the fall of 2008 after serving as an assistant coach at national prep power Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Va. The Warriors went 34-4 in the 2007-08 season and had some of the top high school players in the nation on their team, including current Washington Wizards standout Brandon Jennings. They were ranked third in the nation for high school programs by ESPN. He also worked at Oak Hill during the 2002-03 year where he coached Marcus Williams, who was the 22nd pick in the 2006 NBA Draft.

Carey worked for Dave Odom at the University of South Carolina as a volunteer assistant coach for the 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons. He was a part of the Gamecocks’ 2006 NIT championship squad. Carey coached Renaldo Balkman while he was at South Carolina. Balkman was a first-round draft pick of the New York Knicks in 2006. He also coached Tarence Kinsey and Tre Kelly, who also played in the NBA.

“Brett Carey has been involved with every phase of college basketball,” former Wake Forest and South Carolina head basketball coach Dave Odom said. “He is a tireless recruiter, a proven on the floor teacher and enjoys the relationship with the student-athletes. Brett is a great choice and will be a terrific asset to the Indiana State staff and program.

Upon graduation from UNC Asheville in 2001, Brett was placed on the NBDL’s Asheville Altitude before playing professional basketball in Norway for a year.

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