Carter comes to MNUFC from Shattuck-St. Mary’s School in Faribault, Minn., where he was the director of the Boys’ Soccer Center of Excellence and head of the U18 Development Academy team for the past ten years. The school and its programs are widely regarded as a model for combining academic and athletic excellence and have fostered the development of a number of professional-level athletes in both soccer and hockey.
Carter has received multiple coaching credentials from associations around the world including the U.S., Netherlands, England and the Alliance of European Football Coaches Associations. Carter holds both a U.S. Soccer “A” License and Academy Director’s License.
After graduating from the University of Southern Maine in 1979, Carter became an assistant coach with Bowdoin College. Over the next 20 years, he coached at several colleges across the country including Duke University and as head coach at both Eckerd College and Illinois State University.
He then became a National Staff Coach for the USSF in 1995 before taking the role as Director of Youth Development with the organization in 1998.
Carter moved into the world of professional soccer in 2001 when he joined the Chicago Fire as Director of Player Development. He then split duties as Assistant Coach and Director of Youth Development with the Pittsburgh Riverhounds before taking over as the team’s head coach halfway through the 2002 season.
He came to Minnesota for the first time in 2003 when he joined the Thunder’s coaching staff, taking a similar split role as he did with the Riverhounds before starting up the program at Shattuck-St. Mary’s in 2005.
Carter has been honored throughout his career for his outstanding work. He has won coach of the year awards with multiple organizations including the NSCAA, USYSA and three-straight COY awards for the USSF Development Academy. Carter serves as a committee member on U.S. Soccer’s Development Academy Leadership Group.