Thomas Carr Gets New Job After Leaving G.W.

Former GW-Danville boys basketball coach Thomas Carr has a new job.

The Danville Register and Bee first reported he was named an assistant coach for East Tennessee State.

Carr arrived in Johnson City, TN - about four hours from Danville on Saturday. He said he has to take an NCAA rules test soon so he can begin recruiting for the Buccaneers.

In his first and only year at G.W., Carr's team finished 25-3 after losing in the Region playoffs. "I'm a big believer in chasing your dreams and my dream was altered this past year because I fell in love with the kids and building a program and I really had no intention of leaving but things got a little dicey at G.W., he said in a phone interview Saturday afternoon.

Carr also said based on his relationship with the management at the high school, it was in his best interest to put some feelers out there and ETSU had an opening on his staff. They are coached by Murry Bartow. He is the son of legendary coach Gene Bartow, who is a member of the College Basketball Hall of Fame after coaching stops at Illinois, UCLA, and UAB, among others.

Bartow also added Bob Bolen to his staff. "Most importantly, both Bob and Thomas have coached their respective teams at a high level," Bartow said. "They are good people and have the ability to communicate well with their players, which is incredibly important. When it comes to recruiting, they both have the right personalities for the job. I wanted guys who were wired to wake up in the morning and think about recruiting. They both fit that perfectly," Bartow said in a statement on the ETSU athletic website.

Carr said, "As far as the future goes, working for a guy like [Murry], if I do my part there will be other opportunities out there but I'm more focused on working for him and making the program as successful as it can be before I put my individual goals agenda into play."