Bill Carmody enters his 13th season as the head coach at Northwestern. He has guided the Wildcats to four consecutive postseason appearances, a school record. Carmody's 179 victories at NU are the second most in school history, trailing only the 236 games won by Arthur "Dutch" Lonborg from 1928-49.
He has led Northwestern to the two winningest seasons in program history (20, 2009-10 & 2010-11), the most wins over a two-year span (40, 2009-11), over a three-year span (59, 2009-12) and over a four-year span (76, 2008-12).
Under Carmody's watch, the Wildcats have earned at least six Big Ten wins in eight of his 12 years at the helm. Prior to his arrival in Evanston, the team reached six conference victories just five times in 31 seasons. He was named the 2003-04 Big Ten Coach of the Year.
Northwestern has placed two individuals on the All-Big Ten teams three times in the last four seasons, including John Shurna (first team) and Drew Crawford (third team) in 2011-12.
Over the last five years, Carmody tutored Shurna and Michael Thompson into becoming two of the top players in program history. Shurna graduated ranked first in school history in scoring (breaking a 35-year-old record) and blocked shots, while Thompson left the school ranked first in program history in assists. Last year, Shurna was recognized as an honorable mention All-American by the Associated Press and became the first Northwestern player since Ray Ragelis in 1951 to lead the Big Ten in scoring.
The Wildcats made their deepest postseason run in school history during the 2010-11 season, advancing to the quarterfinal round of the National Invitation Tournament before falling in overtime at Washington State. Along the way, Carmody picked up career win No. 250 in NU's Big Ten tournament victory over Minnesota.
The squad's 10-1 start in 2009-10 allowed it to earn its first national ranking in 41 years when it came in at No. 25 in the Dec. 28, 2009 Associated Press poll. Shurna burst on to the national scene and was named the nation's most improved player by Sporting News while Drew Crawford became the first player in Northwestern history to be named Big Ten Freshman of the Year. Shurna's 619 points broke the previous school record of 585 established by Evan Eschmeyer in 1997-98. A victory over No. 6 and eventual co-Big Ten champion Purdue at home marked the highest-ranked team the Wildcats had defeated in 31 years.
NU averaged a Big Ten-leading 68.7 points per game in Big Ten play, marking the first time the 'Cats led the conference in scoring since the 1966-67 season.
In 2008-09, Carmody guided Northwestern to one of the top turnarounds in the country, leading them from eight wins the previous season to a then school regular-season record-tying 17 victories. NU also raised its conference win total from one to eight, marking the largest Big Ten increase since Minnesota went from three wins in 2003-04 to 10 the following season.
Along the way, Northwestern defeated ranked opponents in consecutive games for the first time in program history. The 'Cats beat No. 18 Minnesota before going on the road to top No. 7 Michigan State which went on to finish as the national runner-up. Coupled with a win at No. 19 Purdue, NU defeated two ranked teams on the road in the same season for the first time. The three wins over ranked teams were the most since the 1993-94 campaign.
Carmody has been labeled the best offensive coach in college basketball by Sports Illustrated as well as the second-most innovative coach in the nation. And in recent seasons SI's college basketball writers voted him one of the 15 best coaches in the college game--a list that included only one other Big Ten coach.
During the 2007-08 season, Carmody became just the second coach in school history to reach the 100-win plateau at Northwestern (Arthur Lonborg--236, 1928-50). The milestone came in the Wildcats' win over Howard Dec. 20, 2007. He earned his 200th overall career win Dec. 3, 2008 in a 73-59 victory over Florida State in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
Carmody's teams have made Welsh-Ryan a particularly tough place for teams to visit. The Wildcats have won 10 or more home games 10 of the past 11 years, including a record 15 in 2009-10. Northwestern has had a winning mark at Welsh-Ryan in 11 of 12 years under Carmody after doing so just twice in the six seasons prior to his arrival. The Wildcats are 49-5 against unranked opponents at Welsh-Ryan Arena over the last four seasons.
Carmody's teams are widely recognized for their willingness to share the basketball, while not turning it over. That tradition continued in 2011-12 as the Wildcats finished fourth in the nation with an assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.53. It marked the sixth straight year that NU ranked in the top 10 nationally in the category. The 'Cats also finished fourth nationally with an average of only 10.2 turnovers per game.
Northwestern also has been known for being proficient from beyond the arc. In 2009-10, the Wildcats obliterated the single-season record with 317 made 3-pointers, 62 more than the previous record set in 2008-09. The Wildcats then topped that mark the following season, nailing 319 triples. The 2009-10 squad established a Big Ten record with 170 3-point makes in conference play. Carmody-coached squads occupy the top 10 spots in the school's recordbooks for team 3-point field goals made in a season.
In 2006-07, senior Tim Doyle set the school's single-season record with 157 assists and became the first player in school history to record at least 350 points, 150 assists, 100 rebounds and 50 steals in the same season. He joined a select list of Big Ten players to accomplish that feat--a list that includes the likes of Magic Johnson, Scott Skiles and Isiah Thomas.
Freshmen have not only been able to contribute in their inaugural season in a Wildcat uniform, many of them have thrived under Carmody's guidance. Four individuals have been named to the Big Ten All-Freshman Team over the last seven years.
Following the 2003-04 season, Carmody was voted by a panel of media as the Big Ten Coach of the Year--the first time a Northwestern mentor has been honored in the 32-year history of the award. The recognition was well-deserved. Playing with just one senior on the roster and picked to finish near the bottom of the Big Ten standings, the Wildcats ended up going 8-8 in conference play which was the best mark by an NU team since the 1967-68 team went 8-6. Those eight wins came against seven different Big Ten teams, the second time the program had pulled off the feat in Carmody's four years. As a result, the 'Cats tied for fifth place in the conference standings, their highest finish since the 1968-69 team also tied for fifth.
That same year Jitim Young was a consensus first-team All-Big Ten selection--the first under Carmody--while Vukusic was a third-team honoree. It marked the first time in school history the program had a first-team player joined on the All-Big Ten teams by a Northwestern teammate.
Carmody's impact at Northwestern was immediate as the Wildcats posted a nonconference win over nationally ranked USC and recorded three wins in their final six Big Ten games. At the defensive end, Northwestern finished first in the Big Ten and fifth nationally in scoring defense (59.1 ppg allowed), the Wildcats allowed just three teams to shoot better than 50 percent for a game. Overall, teams shot just 40.9 percent against NU from the field during the season, placing the 'Cats third in the conference standings.
Carmody became head coach at Princeton prior to the 1996-97 season, replacing the legendary Pete Carril after spending 14 years learning the system as an assistant. During his four-year tenure as head coach, Carmody guided the Tigers to an overall record of 92-25 (.786) and an Ivy League mark of 50-6 (.893), and took them to the postseason each year. He led the Tigers to a 24-4 record in his first season, the third-best first year mark for a Division I head coach in 30 years. Carmody followed that up with an even better sophomore campaign when Princeton finished with a 27-2 record, a Top 10 national ranking and advanced to the second round of the 1998 NCAA Tournament.
Carmody's Princeton teams counted opponents from the ACC, Big East, Conference USA, WAC and Mountain West among their victims. The Tigers claimed the 1998 Rainbow Classic title in Hawaii with wins over Florida State, Texas and Charlotte on consecutive nights, and in the 1999 NIT they defeated Georgetown and North Carolina State before falling in the quarterfinal round.
Princeton had winning streaks of 20 games and 19 games under Carmody, the two longest streaks in school history, and his teams set 31 school records during his tenure. Carmody was named the United States Basketball Writers' Association District II Coach of the Year and the New Jersey Coach of the Year each of his first two years.
Carmody is one of four men to coach a team to a perfect Ivy League record; he is also the only coach to do so in his first year.
A native of Spring Lake, N.J., Carmody joined the Princeton staff as an assistant coach in 1982. While he was an assistant under Carril, the Tigers made seven trips to the NCAA Tournament which included their memorable win over defending national champion UCLA in 1996.
Carmody graduated from Union College (Schenectady, N.Y.) in 1975 with a bachelor's degree in history. A basketball standout, he led Union to a 59-11 record in three seasons as a starter. During his senior year, he captained the Dutchmen and was named first-team All-ECAC as well as the school's Most Outstanding Athlete.
Upon graduation from college, Carmody served as the head coach of Fulton-Montgomery Community College in Johnstown, New York, and led the team to a 17-10 record and conference title in his only season there. He returned to Union the following year as an assistant coach.
Carmody and his wife, Barbara, have two sons, 21-year-old Michael and 19-year-old Eddie.