Carmichael set to take the helm of Yavapai College Women’s Basketball program

The Yavapai College athletics department is excited to announce the hiring of Gerrard Carmichael to be the next head coach of the newly-reinstated women’s basketball program. 

“I see a goldmine of opportunities for the women’s basketball program at Yavapai College,” said Carmichael. “I’m excited about the courses that our women’s basketball team and our community are on. Our Athletic Director Brad Clifford has done great things with the Roughrider teams in the past and it’s a tremendous comfort to know that he will be able to lend his valuable experience to this renewal of the program.

“I thank Brad and Vice President Jenkins for their support.”

Carmichael comes to Yavapai from Glendale, Arizona, where he most recently served as the Head Coach of the Dime Academy Basketball Club (U15 and U16 men’s basketball), starting in May of 2017. In addition to coaching, he specialized in recruiting and fundraising with Dime Academy. 

From 2004-17, Carmichael was a High School Varsity Women’s Basketball Head Coach: coaching at Shadow Mountain from 2004-11 and Horizon from 2011-17. 

While at Horizon, Carmichael led his squad to a Region Championship in 2017 (the first one in school history since 1984), No. 3 state ranking in 2017 and saw his team finish in the top-eight from 2015-17. 

During his time at Shadow Mountain, his squad made the playoffs from 2006-08, finished in the final four in 2009, won a State Championship in 2010 (the first in school history) and earned state runner-up honors in 2011. From 2009-11, the Matadors ranked No. 1 in the state. 

Prior to his time at Shadow Mountain, Carmichael spent one season as an Assistant Coach for the Matadors varsity men’s basketball team and helped guide them to a state title in 2000. 

From 2000-2011 (and while coaching at Shadow Mountain), Carmichael also held the title of Director of Recruiting/Operations for the Team Bibby Basketball Club, coaching U17 men’s basketball while seeing 85% of his players go on to play at the DI, DII and JUCO levels. 

Other coaching positions that Carmichael has held include Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach at Utah Valley State College from June of 1994 to May of 1998 and Pepperdine University from November of 1993 to April of 1994. 

Carmichael’s playing days in college spanned from 1982-84 when he played at Feather River Community College from 1982-83 and Scottsdale Community College from 1983-84. While at Feather River, his squad placed second in the region and while at Scottsdale, he served as the team captain and starting point guard while leading his team in assists and steals. 

In high school, Carmichael played at Shadow Mountain and earned North Valley Player of the Year honors in 1982 in addition to All-State honors in football and basketball.

He earned his master’s degree in business leadership from Grand Canyon University in 2015 and bachelor’s degree in health/business integrated studies from Utah Valley State College in 2000. 

Carmichael currently resides in Glendale with his wife of 24 years (Barbie). Together, they have four children. 

“Coach Carmichael brings in a wealth of knowledge and experience from the JUCO and Division I levels,” Director of Athletics Brad Clifford said. “I am very confident in his ability to build the women’s basketball program and guide it to national prominence.”

Women’s basketball last competed at Yavapai College during the 2010-11 season while the program started in 1977-78. Through 34 seasons, the program’s all-time record is 713-282. Carmichael’s squad will begin competing in November of 2022 for the 2022-23 season as members of the ACCAC (Arizona Community College Athletic Conference).

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