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Bolen, Carr join Bartow's staff at ETSU

June 14th, 2013 3:08 pm by Staff Report

Bolen, Carr join Bartow's staff at ETSU

JOHNSON CITY — Bob Bolen and Thomas Carr have joined the coaching staff of East Tennessee State men's basketball coach Murry Bartow, the school announced Friday.

Bartow said he was seeking assistants that met very specific criteria: coaches who were able to make players better, and were strong communicators and great recruiters.

 “Most importantly, both Bob and Thomas have coached their respective teams at a high level,” Bartow said in a statement from the university. “They are good people and have the ability to communicate well with their players, which is incredibly important. When it comes to recruiting, they both have the right personalities for the job. I wanted guys who were wired to wake up in the morning and think about recruiting. They both fit that perfectly.”

Prior to coming to Johnson City, Bolen spent 19 seasons as a successful head coach at Mountain State University in Beckley, W.Va. During that time span, Bolen’s teams went 487-123, ranking some of the country’s most offensively dynamic teams at the NAIA level.

Carr spent the past four years coaching at places such as Chipola College, Hargrave Military Academy and George Washington High School in Danville, Va.

Bartow was replacing longtime assistants Mike Boyd and Scott Wagers.

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