By Joel Alderman
When Fairfield hosts Monmouth on Friday, the Stags will have a new basketball wizard on its bench at Webster Bank Arena. Athletic Director Gene Doris has brought on Bill Carmody to assist head coach Sydney Johnson.
“He brings experience, wisdom and his winning tradition at Princeton and Northwestern that would enhance any basketball program,” Doris said.
Carmody, like Johnson, is a former player and coach at Princeton.
With the Stags, Carmody now has a rare title and an even rarer job description. He is not to be the usual Assistant Coach. Instead he takes the title of a Special Assistant/Advisor to the head coach. This means no hands-on coaching. Instead, he will serve as an advisor to Johnson and his staff “in preparation and strategy for practices and games,” said Doris.
Carmody brings impressive credentials to Fairfield. He was the first to post an undefeated record as a rookie Ivy League coach, going 14-0 in 1996-97. The following season he was the Associated Press National Coach of the Year.
Carmody’s teams at Princeton and Northwestern won a combined 284 games. His Ivy League record during that time was 50-6, and 92-25 overall.
From Princeton he was offered the job at Northwestern, which he led to the longest postseason run in Wildcats’ history. He was named the 2003-04 Big Ten Coach of the Year.
Carmody was an assistant coach when Johnson was a player at Princeton. Johnson said they have stayed in touch since graduation and that he has “relied on his input at times on everything related to running a college program.”
The big difference now is that the relationship will be official.