Longtime OU coach, Swede grad Carrier retires

By Steve Sell
March 05, 2015
Ottawa University Sports Informationa

OTTAWA — Andy Carrier, the winningest men’s basketball coach in Ottawa University history with 325 career victories, announced his retirement this week after 25 years.

A former star at Bethany College under the tutelage of the late George Stephens, Carrier cut an impressive swath on the sidelines with his 6-9 frame. He was the Dean of KCAC coaches.

"I am very grateful to Ottawa University for the opportunity to coach the men's basketball team the past 25 years," Carrier said in a press release. "It has been an honor and a privilege. I am so thankful to all current and former players, as well as current and former assistants. They have been the heart and soul of a basketball program I know we are all very proud of in so many ways. Thanks also to current faculty and staff, former colleagues, our loyal alums, and the current leadership of the University, which have been so supportive of our programs and of me personally."

 Carrier is expected to stay with the school in an administrative role.

"I broached the possibility of my retirement with President Kevin Eichner over a year ago," Carrier said. "He encouraged me to take my time and to think about it.  I am completely at peace and confident in my decision that this is now the right time for me to step down. I am blessed to have a very supportive family that has allowed me to do this for so long. I am really looking forward to having a little extra time to spend with them, and I'm very thankful to OU that there are some exciting opportunities for me to continue to serve the University and its mission moving forward."

Carrier guided the Braves to five NAIA Division II National Tournaments, earned one NAIA District 10 Championship, three KCAC Championships and three KCAC Tournament Championships. He led the Braves to a school single-season record of 24 wins in 2007-08 and back-to-back Sweet 16 appearances (2007-08, 2008-09) in the NAIA National Tournament. He was honored as the NAIA District 10 Coach of the Year in 1993, received the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association Award in 1994-95 and 2008-2009, and was named KCAC Coach of the Year in 1994-95, 2001-02 and 2007-08. 

In addition to coaching basketball, Carrier served Ottawa University as Director of Enrollment for three years, Director of Athletics for nine years and Dean of Student Affairs for four.  He served as Vice-President of the KCAC and was voted KCAC Athletic Administrator of the Year three times (1999, 2000 and 2005).  He was inducted into the Braves Athletic Hall of Fame in 2011.

Ottawa moved quickly, naming longtime assistant coach Aaron Siebenthall as Carrier’s successor.

"I am thrilled Aaron Siebenthall will have the opportunity to take charge of our OU men's basketball program moving forward," Carrier said. "He has been a great assistant coach and there are no doubts in my mind he is ready to take the reins and continue to build on the success we've enjoyed. He is experienced, smart and hard working. He truly cares and loves the University, the program and our current and former players."