LCA coach Carter leaving to become LexCath athletic director

mfields@herald-leader.comApril 9, 2014 

LCA head coach Brad Carter encourages his team against Dunbar in the S. T. Roach Gymnasium at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School in Lexington, Ky., Friday, January 10, 2014. Photo by Matt Goins

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Lexington Christian Academy boys' basketball coach Brad Carter is leaving the Eagles to become athletics director at Lexington Catholic, his alma mater.

Carter has been at LCA for eight years. He was Tommy Huston's top assistant for six seasons before succeeding Huston as head coach.

Carter, 38, said it was an "unbelievably tough decision" to give up coaching "because it's all I've ever done.

"This move is for my family, a better situation financially for my family. God presented this opportunity and I couldn't turn it down."

Carter and his wife, Stacey, have two young daughters, Shelby and Lily, and they're expecting twin daughters.

Carter played at Lexington Catholic under Danny Haney in the mid-1990s. He was an assistant to Haney at North Broward Prep in Florida, and to David Henley at Holmes before joining LCA's staff.

Now he's headed back to Lexington Catholic.

"If not for Danny Haney, I wouldn't have gotten into coaching or athletics," Carter said. "So I'm humbled and honored to be able to call myself Lexington Catholic's athletic director."

Carter, who had a 29-29 record in two years as LCA's coach, will leave his successor a well-stocked roster. The Eagles will return seven of their top eight players, including All-City first-teamer Matt Rose.

"I think we're on the brink of doing special things in the basketball program here," Carter said. "I've been coaching these guys since they were in the fifth grade, so it was very tough to break the news to them that I was leaving. But they're such good guys, they understand why it's happening."

Mike Fields: (859) 231-3337. Twitter: @MikeFieldsNotes. Blog: fieldsnotes.bloginky.com.

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