Since arriving on the Louisiana Tech campus as a member of the Lady Techster coaching staff in 2008, Sara Carter has provided plenty of drive, a lot of intensity and even a little comic relief for head coach Teresa Weatherspoon.
During her playing days at South Alabama, Carter was known for her passion for the game and drive to excel on-and-off the playing floor. Those same characteristics - and a great sense of humor - have followed her into the coaching ranks as she enters her fifth season in Ruston.
On the court, Carter is all business which makes it no surprise that Weatherspoon relies on her for numerous responsibilities. After all, Weatherspoon fits that same mold.
"Fire," Weatherspoon said. "If I use one word to describe Sara, it's fire. She is a great instructor. She is in charge of developing our guards, and they have a great understanding of what we expect from them because of the job she does. Everything offensively and defensively starts with the guard position, and so it's vital that we have someone with Sara's ability working with them."
Carter has served an instrumental role in the Lady Techsters return to the top of the Western Athletic Conference and to the NCAA Tournament since joining the program in the summer of 2008.
In three of her four years on the LA Tech staff, Carter has helped guide the Lady Techsters to the postseason, including back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances. Tech captured WAC regular season titles in 2008-09 and 2010-11 and the WAC Tournament title in 2009-10 while also advancing to the championship game of the league tournament in 2012.
Carter works closely with the Lady Techster guards, a group that has seen a vast improvement in assist to turnover ratio since her arrival while seeing three players earn all-conference honors, including graduated point guard Jasmine Bendolph the past two seasons.
In addition to Carter's responsibilities with the Tech guards, she also oversees the players academic progress, serves as the liaison to academic coordinator Lisa Merritt, oversees scheduling, devises scouting reports and serves as the technology coordinator for the program, and assists in recruiting high school athletes in the southern region as well as all junior college recruiting.
The Lady Techsters have seen their team grade point average increase while the program recorded its highest multi-year Academic Progress Rate (APR) ever at 987.
She was also instrumental in LA Tech signing a Top 60 ranked recruiting class this past year which included two high school prep stars, three junior college signees and a pair of Division I transfers.
Carter came to Tech after working three years on the women's basketball staff at Ole Miss. Carter was one of the key components to turning the South Alabama program into a contender during her playing days (2000-04). During her career, she was a two-time team captain and was named to the Sun Belt Conference preseason team prior to her senior season.
The Gulfport, Miss. Native was a four-time recipient of the Sun Belt Conference all-academic award and also won the Wilma Rudolph Award (2004) as the Outstanding Woman Athlete of the Year.
She earned her bachelor's in physical education from South Alabama in 2005 and her master's in health promotion from Ole Miss in 2007.