UK Men's Basketball

NKU women hire ex-Cat Josh Carrier as basketball assistant coach

Josh Carrier played at Kentucky from 2002-05.
Josh Carrier played at Kentucky from 2002-05. Herald-Leader

Former University of Kentucky basketball player Josh Carrier was named an assistant coach for the Northern Kentucky University women’s basketball team on Monday.

Carrier joins the staff of first-year head coach Camryn Whitaker, who was an assistant women’s coach at UK last season.

Carrier will be responsible for recruiting, scouting, coaching the wing players and will coordinate game scheduling for the Norse.

“I could not be more excited to welcome Josh and his family to Northern Kentucky University,” Whitaker said in a news release. “His ability to build relationships will be a huge asset to our staff. Josh has grown up around sports and has a great understanding and instincts when it comes to the game of basketball. He has already made an impact in the development of our players on and off the floor! We are so fortunate he decided to join us at NKU and look forward to continuing the success with his help.”

Carrier comes to NKU after working in the private sector for the past 10 years, spending the last two years in a management role coaching and developing pharmaceutical sales representatives.

“Joining Coach Whitaker and the entire staff is a definite thrill for me, as well as my family,” Carrier said in the news release. “When Coach Whitaker called, I knew this was an outstanding opportunity. Basketball has been in my blood my entire life, and I look forward to being part of this impressive program and continuing the winning culture at Northern Kentucky University.”

Carrier played for UK from 2002-05 where he received his bachelor’s degree in business and was a three-time Academic All-Southeastern Conference award recipient and served as team captain in 2005. The 2001 Mr. Basketball from Bowling Green High School won two SEC Tournament championships and played in four NCAA tournaments, including two Elite Eight appearances as a Wildcat.

Carrier spent one year as a graduate assistant coach under Tubby Smith at UK.

Carrier also served as head coach for the KY Premier AAU program for the past five years, and has run individual workouts for players ranging from middle school to NBA players.

A native of Oakland, Ky., Carrier also holds a Master’s degree in kinesiology from UK, as well as an MBA from Bellarmine University.

Carrier and his wife, Brittany, have two sons — Eli and Isaiah.