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HoopDirt for Women | Carver named head coach of Goshen College women’s basketball team

Former Goshen College basketball standout Tyra Carver was selected as the eighth head coach of women’s basketball in the program’s 59-year history, as announced by Athletic Director Dr. Erica Albertin. Carver replaces her former coach, Stephanie Millerwho left after 13 seasons with the Maple Leafs to work as a top Division I assistant coach at Bradley University.

“We are excited to welcome Coach Carver as our new head women’s basketball coach,” said Albertin. “It was clear that Coach Carver stood out for her leadership, vision and strategy to improve GC women’s basketball. I am excited for the future of Goshen women’s basketball, the athletic department and Goshen College!”

“I am thrilled to serve as the next head coach at Goshen College,” Carver said. “For me, this is a full-circle moment from being a player to being the head coach of this team. It is an incredible opportunity and one that I am excited to embrace.”

A native of Kalamazoo, Michigan, Carver starred at Kalamazoo Central High School before attending Goshen College. At Goshen, she earned a degree in broadcasting with minors in kinesiology and coaching. Carver made the all-conference postseason teams twice and was part of the 2015-16 team that made the NAIA semifinals. She finished her time as a Leaf in the top ten in program history in points scored, field goals made, three-point shooting percentage and free throws made. In addition, she competed on the track team in the shot put, discus and hammer throw.

After graduating, Carver played for the Grand Rapids Galaxy in the semi-professional Women’s Blue Chip Basketball League. She was an assistant coach at Louisburg College in Louisburg, North Carolina, and head coach of the junior varsity team. The team achieved an overall record of 26-6. She then served as an assistant coach at Catawba Valley in Hickory, North Carolina. The team achieved a record of 50-12 during her two seasons with the team. Last season, Carver returned to the Maple City to work as an assistant coach in Goshen under her former head coach. Stephanie MillerCarver is one of four current GC head coaches who are Goshen College graduates, along with Brad Stoltzfus (baseball), Kyle Capps (men’s basketball) and Rustin Nyce (men’s and women’s cross country/track and field).

Carver has appreciated the sense of community at Goshen College both as a player and as an assistant coach. “I like how everyone gets involved in different aspects of campus life,” she noted. “That’s what makes Goshen Goshen.”

“Coach Carver was instrumental in the success of last year’s team,” said Albertin. “She brought academic expectations, athletic excellence and a heart for community involvement. She is committed to developing student-athletes to peak performance.”

Carver will officially begin his position on July 1.

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