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Basketball Coach Carey Notches 700 Wins

By Rick Loy - Staff Writer | Dec 9, 2020

The West Virginia University women’s basketball team rolled over Louisiana State 62-42 Saturday evening in Las Vegas for its second win of the season and the 700th in the career of coach Mike Carey.

“First of all, I’m old, that’s why,” Carey said after the game. “So, when you stay in it long enough, you have to win some of them.”

Carey, who has coached the Mountaineers since the 2001-02 season, gave credit for the wins to all the players and assistant coaches he has had throughout the years.

“I’ve had a lot of great players that have played for me, and I’ve had a lot of great assistant coaches, a lot of great administrators,” Carey said. “You don’t win those games by yourself, it takes everybody to win those games. I’m just really concentrating on the team, and we have to keep moving forward.”

Coach Carey has 412 wins in nineteen years coaching at WVU. Before joining the Mountaineers, Carey had won 288 games in 13 seasons at the helm of the Salem College men’s team in Salem, West Virginia. Carey’s Salem teams made seven postseason appearances (two NAIA and five NCAA Division II) and won five WVIAC championships (1993, 1994, 1997, 1998, 1999).

Coach Carey was a four-year letterman at Salem College as a player and scored over 2000 career points. The Clarksburg, WV native is married to Cheryl and they have four children, Chris, Chelsy, Craig, and Chelby.

I met Mike Carey back in the early 80’s at a Class B Tournament held in Middlebourne. He brought a few former players from Salem with him to participate in the tourney. I played with a team from Ormet Corporation that I worked with which included West Liberty standout Chuck Galloway (an OVAC basketball official for many years) along with a few other good players. Our first game we drew the Salem team with Carey. He was a smooth player and drained quite a few shots from the deep corners. We held our own in the game but at crunch time Carey drained a long corner bomb to eliminate us.

I saw Mike with his Lady Mountaineers at the Buffalo Wild Wings in Morgantown before a Texas-WVU football game in 2013. I asked him if he remembered playing in the tournament and he said he sure did. We chatted for a while about his 2013 Mountaineers team, which he was excited about. He said that he enjoyed coaching the Lady Mountaineers.