Gary CarterHead Baseball Coach
Gary Carter recently completed his second season at the helm of the Palm Beach Atlantic University baseball program where he led the team to 27 wins in 2011 after the team won only seven regular season games the season before his arrival.
Athletic Director Bob White announced the hiring on Oct. 13, 2009 as Carter joined Tony Gwynn (San Diego State) as the only active members of the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame to embark on a coaching career in the collegiate ranks.
After a 17-win season in his innagural campaign as the head coach of the Sailfish in 2010, Carter and his staff sought to continue to recruit and develop a deeper and more talented roster of incoming players. That hard work and dedication by the players resulted in a ten-game improvement in 2011 as the team captured its most victories since joining the NCAA Division II ranks in 2006.
The 2011 season featured many highlight wins for program including victories over nationally-ranked teams such as Florida Southern College, the University of Tampa, Nova Southeastern University, Barry University, Florida Tech and many others.
After his first season at the helm of the Sailfish baseball program the team showed steady improvement in nearly every statistical category including the most important factor of victories. Having taken over the program in October, Carter essentially managed the same squad as the year before and led them to an improvement of ten wins from the previous season.
A resident of Palm Beach County since 1982, Carter took over the head coaching responsibilities at PBA after a successful stint as the Long Island Ducks manager for the 2009 season. An independent team of the Atlantic League, Carter led the Ducks to a Second-Half Liberty Division regular season championship before leading the team all the way to the Atlantic League Championship series, the first postseason appearance for the team since 2004.
Inducted into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame in 2003, Carter spent his first 11 seasons in the big leagues with the Montreal Expos (1974-1984) where he accumulated some of the most impressive overall statistics ever compiled by a catcher. After finishing second in the Rookie of the Year voting after the 1975 season, Carter went on to lead the Expos to the franchise’s lone postseason appearance in 1981.
In 1980, Carter finished runner-up in the National League Most Valuable Player voting in while starting a string of three consecutive years in which he was awarded a Gold Glove (1980-1982). The California native was named the MVP of the All-Star Game in 1981 and again in 1984, and later that season was acquired in a trade by the New York Mets.
“The Kid” was a part of two National League East Division winners in Queens, as the Mets enjoyed the most successful five-year period in franchise history with Carter as their backstop. His two-out, two-strike base hit sparked the Mets’ three-run rally in the bottom of the 10th inning in Game Six of the 1986 World Series, while his two home runs and nine RBI in the series paced the Amazin’s to their second world title. Following his time with New York, Carter spent a season each with the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers before finishing out his 19-year career in 1992 with one more season in Montreal. All told, Carter appeared in 11 All-Star Games, including 10 straight from 1979-1988, and won five NL Silver Slugger Awards in addition to his Gold Gloves.
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Carter began work as a broadcaster with the Florida Marlins in 1993 and spent four seasons as the Marlins television color commentator. Feeling a strong pull to get back on the field in a teaching capacity, Carter returned to the field as a roving catching instructor for the Mets organization.
He then began a second career in baseball as a manager, and, like he did in his playing days, he would have immediate success. He was named Gulf Coast League and Florida State League Manager of the Year in 2005 and 2006, respectively, and won the Florida State League championship in 2006 with the St. Lucie Mets. In 2008, Carter helmed the Orange County Flyers to a championship in the Golden Baseball League, and was named that league’s Manager of the Year as well.
Beyond his work on the baseball field, Carter also has a passion for giving back to the community and blessing others through the work of his foundation, The Gary Carter Foundation. This non-profit organization eagerly works toward providing funds, supplies, and time to local elementary schools as well as other charitable causes.
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Married to wife Sandy for the past 34 years, the Carters first made their way to West Palm Beach when Gary was a member of the Expos and the Montreal-based team made West Palm Beach their Spring Training home. The family then made Palm Beach County their permanent home.
A father to three -- daughters Christy and Kimmy along with son D.J. -- the Carters also have three grandchildren. Daughter Kimmy enters her fifth year in 2010-2011 as the head softball coach at PBA while son-in-law Kyle Bloemers is an Assistant Athletic Director for Sailfish Athletics.