Kelly Carter took over as the head coach of the men’s cross country and track and field programs in 2000.
During his tenure, he has guided athletes to numerous high rankings on the OVC top performance lists.
Carter has served as a coach on the national level coaching th U.S. Paralympics Squad at the 2007 (Brazil) and 2008 (Beijing, China) Olympic Games.
Carter is poised to take the Tigers to the next level. However, it is clear that his goal is to build upon his talent base while drawing on a tradition-rich past. He fuels the team behind successes of respected TSU track and field athletes like Ralph Boston and John Moon
Carter joined the Tiger squad after returning to Auburn University to serve as a volunteer assistant coach for two seasons. During his stint at Auburn, Carter honed his coaching skills under the tutelage of coaching greats Mel Rosen and Ralph Spry, He was integral part of the coaching staff for the team’s fourth and third place NCAA finishes in 1999 and 2000, respectively.
Kelly Carter adds a wealth of talent to his coaching acumen. As a three-time NCAA All-American, four-time All-Southeastern Conference, and two-time Penn Relay Champion, Carter boasts an impressive balance of knowledge and experience. Before entering his freshman year at Auburn, Carter was undefeated in international competition, running the fourth fastest time in U.S. Junior Nationals history with a time of 49.80.
During his freshman year, Carter participated in the 1988 Olympic Trials, making it through the rounds to the quarterfinals. He then culminated the summer with an outstanding effort of 49.50 in the 400-meter intermediate hurdles in Sudbury, Canada to become the 1988 World Junior Champion. In 1990, Carter took first place in the 400-meter hurdles in the SEC Championships and third place in the NCAA Championships.
A native of Atlanta, Ga., Carter was a standout and Southwest DeKalb High School, where he set numerous school, county, and state records in both the 110-meter high and 300-meter intermediate hurdles. His long-held 110-meter Georgia State record stood for more than a decade until broken by Terrance Tremmell, followed shortly by his 300-meter record falling to Angelo Taylor. Ironically, both record-breakers also attended Southwest Dekalb and later were medal winners in the 2000 Olympic Games.
Carter earned his bachelor’s of science degree in communications from Auburn. Kelly and his wife, Angie, have been married since 1991. Angie was also an All-American at Auburn on the 4x100-meter relay team. The couple has two children, Kyle, and Haley.