LaToya Carter enters her first season as an assistant coach at UNCG in 2012-13.
Carter joins the UNCG staff after two years as an assistant coach at her alma mater, Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, N.C.
“LaToya is young, energetic and works hard,” UNCG coach Wendy Palmer said upon hiring Carter. “She has a passion for this game, overcame adversity throughout her playing career at Gardner-Webb and pushed forward knowing she wanted to be a coach. She has worked her way up from being a high school coach to coaching in college. She’s really been active out on the recruiting scene, and I’m excited to have her here. Having played in the state, she knows the lay of the land here in North Carolina. She’s going to be great for us.”
In Carter’s two years on the staff, the Runnin’ Bulldogs went 27-36, highlighted by a 23-11 showing in 2010-11. GWU won its first-ever Big South Conference tournament title that year, advancing to the NCAA tournament for the first time in school history.
Before returning to Boiling Springs, Carter was an assistant coach for two years at Providence Day School in Charlotte, N.C. There, she helped the Chargers to a 48-10-1 record, a state championship in 2010 and a state runner-up finish in 2009.
As a player at Gardner-Webb, Carter was a four-year Atlantic Sun Conference All-Academic selection and helped the Bulldogs to their first-ever A-Sun tournament finals appearance in 2006. She was named the team’s best defensive player in 2007-08.
As a freshman in 2003, Carter played under head coach Serena King and assistant coach Melinda Goodson, both former UNCG players.
“I am excited about being a part of UNCG,” Carter said. “I am grateful for the opportunity to coach alongside head coach Wendy Palmer and carry out her vision of excellence and winning. Coach Palmer is a competitor and a winner. She knows what it takes and how to get there. I am assured the best is yet to come and I am ready to bring the excitement, energy and winning tradition of women's basketball back to where it belongs.”