Former Bulldog guard Brett Carey is in his third year as an assistant coach with the UNC Asheville program.
"We are really so glad to bring Brett Carey back at UNC Asheville,” stated Biedenbach. “Brett is a dedicated basketball man. He was a player who loved to play and as a coach he loves to coach. Brett as been a great addition to our staff and has been a key part of our success the past two years.
Carey was a two-year letterman for UNC Asheville from 1999-2001 and started in the backcourt both years he was with the Bulldogs. He helped guide a young Asheville team to the Big South Conference championship game in 2000 and earned all-tournament honors for his play. Carey averaged 10.7 points per game his junior season and was second on the club in three-pointers made with 54. He led the Dogs in assists with 90 and free throw percentage at 80 percent.
The following year Brett averaged a team-high 13.3 points per game and led Asheville to a 15-13 overall record and third place finish in the Big South Conference. He led the Bulldogs in three-pointers made at 53 and free throw percentage at 79 percent. Carey earned second team all-conference honors for his play. He was named UNC Asheville Male Athlete of the Year and was the Bulldog MVP. He was third in the nation in three-point field goal percentage.
“I’m really glad to be back at UNC Asheville,” commented Carey. “I’ve always wanted to come back and coach at Asheville and couldn't be happier. We're determined to do everything we can as a staff to get back to post-season play.
Carey, a native of Lincolnton, came to UNC Asheville after serving as an assistant coach at national prep power Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Va. The Warriors went 34-4 in the 2007-08 season and had some of the top high school players in the nation on their team including current Milwaukee Bucks standout Brandon Jennings. They were ranked third in the nation for high school programs by ESPN. He also worked at Oak Hill during the 2002-03 year where he coached Marcus Williams who was the 22nd pick in the 2006 NBA Draft.
Carey worked for Dave Odom at the University of South Carolina as a volunteer assistant coach for the 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons. He was a part of the Gamecocks 2006 NIT championship squad. Carey coached Renaldo Balkman while he was at USC. Balkman was a first-round draft pick of the New York Knicks in 2006. He also coached Tarence Kinsey and Tre Kelly, who also played in the NBA.
Upon graduation from UNC Asheville in 2001, Brett was allocated to the NBDL's Asheville Altitude
before playing professional basketball in Norway for a year.
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