Curtis Carr is entering his sixth season with Merrimack in 2016-17 and third as Associate Head Coach.
Arriving prior to the 2011-12 season, Carr served as Assistant Coach for three seasons before his promotion to Associate Head Coach in August of 2014.
In each of the last five seasons, Carr has overseen Merrimack's penalty kill unit, and his presence has certainly been felt. In 2015-16, the Warriors started the season 20-for-20 on the penalty kill and did not allow a power play goal to the opposition until their sixth game. Merrimack finished seventh in Hockey East and 39th nationally on the PK last winter.
He perhaps did his best work with the unit in 2014-15, when Merrimack led Hockey East and ranked fifth nationally with an 88.2-percent success rate. In fact, since taking over the unit, Merrimack has ranked third or better in Hockey East in three out of those five years. Merrimack boasted an 85.1-percent success rate in 2012-13 after killing off 84.5 percent of penalties in 2011-12. Merrimack fended off 81.5 percent of opponents' power plays in 2013-14.
Carr arrived in North Andover after five years with the Youngstown Phantoms of the United States Hockey League (USHL). Carr guided Youngstown to a 23-30-7 record in 2010-11 in his first season as Head Coach and General Manager. During his tenure with the Phantoms, he also served as Associate Head Coach and Director of Player Development in 2009-10.
Carr was named Interim Head Coach at Youngstown on February 16, 2010, but had the interim tag removed on April 1, 2010, with just two games remaining in the Phantoms’ inaugural season at the Tier I USHL level.
Prior to moving to Youngstown, Carr spent three seasons as the Assistant Coach and Director of Player Personnel for the NAHL’s Mahoning Valley Phantoms, during which the team posted a 142-61-11 record. Mahoning won a regular season title, two North Division titles, qualified for the National Tournament in all three seasons, and finished as the National Champion runner-up twice.
Under Carr’s tutelage, 60 players from Youngstown and Mahoning have secured NCAA scholarships.
A native of Georgetown, Ontario, Carr spent seven seasons as a player and coach for Kent State University and was a three-time ACHA All-American. Upon graduation in 2003, he was hired as an assistant coach for 2003-04 before being promoted to head coach, where he was an ACHA Coach of the Year finalist after leading the Golden Flashes to the ACHA National Tournament. In his first season at Kent State, Carr inherited a 9-30 team and produced a 21-18 record.
Carr is also actively involved with USA Hockey’s Select and Developmental camps and serves as a presenter for the USA Hockey’s Coaching Education Program.
He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education with a teacher certification and a Master’s in Sports Administration and Recreation Management from Kent State.
Carr resides in Methuen, Massachusetts, with his wife, Margaret, and their two daughters, Emma and Sarah, and their son, Lucas.