Texas Women’s Basketball head coach Vic Schaefer announced another addition to his staff Friday with the hiring of Sydney Carter as Director of Player Development.
“We are very happy to be able to announce the addition of Sydney Carter to our staff here at the University of Texas,” Schaefer said. “She brings so much to the table that will help our student-athletes succeed and become the best they can possibly be, both on and off the floor.
“As our director of player development, she will be able to impact our kids in so many different ways and help represent our program in a positive manner. We are very blessed to have her on The Forty Acres.”
A rising star in the industry, Carter joins the Longhorns after spending the past two seasons in College Station on the women’s basketball staff under legendary head coach, Gary Blair, at Texas A&M.
Carter was also a standout player for the Aggies from 2008-2012 under Blair and Schaefer. During her time in Aggieland, she helped lead her team to the 2011 National Championship and 2010 Big 12 Tournament Championship.
“I couldn’t be happier to have landed here at the University of Texas with Coach Schaefer,” Carter said. “He played such a pivotal part in my success as one of my coaches and I know he will that same impact on me as a member of his staff.
“I am grateful to have been so warmly welcomed by him, the administration, staff and student-athletes and I am ready to grow and learn in the Burnt Orange and White. Hook ‘Em Horns!”
Most recently, Carter served as the Aggies’ player development coach and assistant recruiting coordinator throughout the 2020-21 season and served as the teams’ video coordinator during the 2020-21 campaign.
In 2020-21, A&M captured the Southeastern Conference Regular Season Championship and advanced to the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA Tournament.
As a player, Carter was a three-time team captain and was a defensive anchor for the A&M defense, earning a spot on the Big 12 All-Defensive Team in 2011 and 2012. Additionally, Carter took home the team’s Miss Defense Award three times (2010, 2011, 2012), and won the squad’s coveted Miss Aggie Award after her senior season. The DeSoto, Texas, native ranks 10th all-time in A&M history in steals (206), is tied for 10th in assists (388) and 17th in points (1,176).
Carter was selected 27th overall in the WNBA draft to the Chicago Sky, and enjoyed a four-year career in the WNBA. During Carter’s seven-year international career, she played in countries such as Latvia and Israel. The Aggie was a three-time Latvian/Estonian Champion (2014, 2016, 2017), and also added an Eastern European League Championship in 2016.
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