Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Ottawa Coach Andy Carrier Retiring after 25-Year Career with Braves

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Ottawa Coach Andy Carrier Retiring after 25-Year Career with Braves

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OTTAWA -- Andy Carrier was on board for the biggest moment of Washburn coach Bob Chipman's Hall of Fame career, serving as an assistant for Chipman on the Ichabods' 1986-87 NAIA national championship team.

Soon after his stint at Washburn, Carrier found the perfect place to embark on his own Hall of Fame career.

Carrier is retiring as men's basketball coach at Ottawa University after a distinguished 25-year run, compiling a school- record 325 victories.

"I learned so much from Coach Chipman, one of the true legends of the game," Carrier said. "I'm forever grateful for the opportunity that I had there (at Washburn) for four years. I not only learned a lot of basketball, but learned how to run a successful program."

That much is evident from Carrier's accomplishments at Ottawa. He led the Braves to five NAIA Division II national tournament appearances while earning one NAIA District 10 championship, three KCAC championships and three KCAC Tournament championships.

"Ottawa University just really fit me," said Carrier, who was inducted into the Braves' Hall of Fame in 2011. "The lifestyle for coaching at this level has been perfect. It's a great place to raise a family. The one thing that's kept me here the most is the people. I love the people and I love our mission. I've been blessed to be able to do what I love to do for 25 years."

The Hull Center on Ottawa's campus was packed Wednesday for a news conference to recognize Carrier's career and introduce new coach Aaron Siebenthall, who served as an assistant for the Braves for the past nine seasons.

"(Carrier) has a knack and a gift of always making sure people feel good about themselves, whether it's good information or bad information," Siebenthall said. "At our level, we bring in a wide range of talent as far as recruits. Sometimes there are kids that just aren't ready to play college basketball, but he tells them that in a way that makes them feel good about themselves.

"He's a tremendous coach and knows the game well. But just the way he treats people is unbelievable. I will strive to fill his shoes in that respect. …

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