|Title:||Asst. Men's Ice Hockey Coach|
Formerly the Head Coach and General Manager of the Youngstown Phantoms (USHL), Curtis Carr begins his third season with Merrimack, serving as Asst. Men's Ice Hockey Coach.
Last season, Carr oversaw Merrimack's penalty kill unit, and his presence was immediately felt, as the Warriors ranked third in the conference with an 85.1 percent conversion rate despite racking up the fourth-most amount of penalty minutes per game league-wide. Two years prior, Stewart’s penalty kill ranked third in the league, killing off 84.5 percent of the chances against despite being the most-penalized team in the conference.
Carr guided Youngstown to a 23-30-7 record in 2010-11 in his first season as Head Coach and General Manager. He spent five years in the Phantom organization, also serving 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, Mass., with his wife, Margaret, and their two daughters, Emma and Sarah.