Mitchell adds Ciara Carl as assistant coach
DENTON – North Texas Women’s Basketball Head Coach Jalie mitchell has announced that Ciara Carl will join the Mean Green squad as an assistant coach.
Carl comes to Denton from San Diego state where she was an assistant coach for the Aztec women’s basketball team for the past eight seasons. Carl led the Aztec reconnaissance efforts, worked with team guards, and recruited. Since Carl started on the SDSU coaching staff, the Aztecs have won at least one Mountain West winner every season.
“Ciara Carl comes to UNT highly recommended by everyone she has met in her career,” Mitchell said. “We are truly fortunate to have such a genuine soul among our staff who take great pride in their relationships and life’s work. Coach CC brings years of experience in coaching, playing and leadership development. We are delighted that she is calling Denton, Texas home. “
“I want to thank Coach Mitchell and his staff for this great opportunity to join the Mean Green family,” Carl said. “I can’t wait to be a part of something special here at UNT.”
Last season, the Aztecs won the eighth seed in the Mountain West tournament and tied for fifth in the league in 2019-20. In 2018-19, the team won 14 games and advanced to the semi-finals of the conference tournament.
Carl helped sign the top 75 consecutive recruiting classes in 2017 and 2018. Previously, the SDSU had not had a nationally ranked recruiting class since 2010-11.
Carl helped McKynzie Fort (2014-18) climb the rankings to become the Aztecs’ third top scorer (1708 points) in program history. Fort has been honored four times in All-Mountain West and has been named twice to the conference’s all-defensive team. Carl was also instrumental in the development of Geena Gomez, who ended her career with a three-point goal percentage of 0.361 (115-319), the third best in school history.
During his season at Metro State, Carl helped coach the Roadrunners to 21 wins and a place in the NCAA Division II tournament, where they advanced to the second round. Under her tutelage, five Metro State players have won All-Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference honors, including Kristin Valencia, who was named the league’s defensive player of the year. As a team, the Roadrunners led the RMAC in defense (51.2 points per game) and limited opponents to a .350 field goal percentage, the worst in the league.
Carl also witnessed success during his tenure at Cal Poly Pomona from 2010 to 2012, as the Broncos compiled a two-year mark of 47-14 (0.770) and made two appearances at the NCAA DII tournament, including included a spot in the Elite Eight in 2011. During that season, Carl helped develop senior guard Reyana Colson, who won All-America honors after winning California’s Most Valuable Player award. Collegiate Athletic Association.
In 2019, Carl launched Unchained, a non-profit organization aimed at serving and inspiring young people with love and passion while helping them visualize and achieve the future they desire. The organization uses basketball as a tool to teach leadership and character lessons while providing real-life examples of people who have triumphed over the difficult circumstances they faced as a youngster.
As a college student, Carl played a point guard role for Point Loma Nazarene, helping the Sea Lions compile an overall record of 83-27 in their past three seasons. During that time, PLNU made three consecutive trips to the NAIA tournament, capped by a Final Four appearance in 2005. She still holds the school’s career record with 647 assists and ranks second with 277 interceptions.
Carl received his undergraduate degree in exercise science from PLNU in 2005 and his MSc from the University of California, Pennsylvania in 2006 with a focus on performance improvement and injury prevention. She then completed an internship in the state of North Carolina, working with the Wolfpack’s Strengthening and Conditioning program.
A native of Los Angeles, Carl grew up in Cary, North Carolina, before graduating from Saint Mary’s School in 2000. In addition to earning all-state honors in basketball as a senior, Carl also wrote letters to volleyball and golf during his prep career.