Posted: May 21, 2013 8:06 PM by MTN Sports
Carson Cunningham, the boys' basketball coach at Andrean High School in Indiana, has been named the new men's basketball coach at Carroll College in Helena.
The announcement was made by Saints' director of athletics Bruce Parker on Monday; Cunningham replaces Brandon Veltri, whose contract was not renewed after last season.
A press release from Carroll College says that Cunningham was a standout at both Oregon State and Purdue and has spent the last five years at Andrean High School (his alma mater) in Merrillville, Indiana, where his teams have won 43 of their last 50 games.
"We are very excited that Carson has agreed to be our new head coach," said Parker. "He brings tremendous enthusiasm and knowledge of the game to our program. He was an outstanding player and is a rising star in the coaching profession. His passion for the game is contagious and I have great confidence in his coaching and recruiting abilities."
Cunningham has also been an instructor in the history department and the department of cinema and digital media at DePaul University in Chicago since 2006. He earned his bachelor's degree in history at Purdue University (2000), a Master of Arts in Modern American History (2001) and a PhD in History (2006), also at Purdue. He is scheduled to complete his MBA at DePaul this spring.
Cunningham is also an author of several books: Underbelly Hoops (a CBA memoir), American Hoops (a History of U.S. Olympic Basketball), and Before the Curse (a Chicago Cubs reader).
"I'm thrilled to be named the head men's basketball coach at Carroll College," said Cunningham. "My family and I have a deep appreciation for Carroll's values and its academic and athletic excellence, and we can't wait to become a part of the Helena community. The Carroll basketball program has a great tradition, and I look forward to adding to it.
During a phone interview on Tuesday afternoon, Cunningham told MTN Sports he is "ready to bring the fight back to the Fighting Saints."
Cunningham and his wife, Christy, a former volleyball player at Purdue, have four children.
He will be in Helena in late May recruiting as well as in June for two weeks for the Saints' Boys' Basketball Camps.