Chris Carter begins his fourth season with the W&M swim teams in 2015-16, helping lead the Tribe to the top of the Colonial Athletic Association. He assists with all aspects of the Tribe's program, including on-deck coaching during practice and meets, planning of workouts and meets, recruiting, and other administrative tasks.
Carter's third season on the pool deck proved the breakthrough, as the W&M men won their first-ever CAA Championships team trophy, and the women finished third with their second-best score ever. The Tribe men won the 800 free relay for the fifth year in a row, becoming just the second school in league history to win the same race five years in a row. Four of the Tribe's all-time top-eight performers in the 500 free and three of the top-10 in both the 1,000 and the 1,650 free were swum during the 2014-15 season, including freshmen Conrad Zamparello (CAA bronze-medalist and freshman-record holder in the 400 IM) and Tommy Kealy, who converted from the sprints in January to score in both the 500 and the 1,650. On the women's side, sophomore Selina Fuller became the first W&M swimmer to crack the podium in the 1650 free, finishing third with the second-fastest 1,000 and 1,650 times in school history. She was also an A-finalist in the 500 free to boot, swimming a lifetime-best in that event as well.
During Carter's first two years with the Tribe, the men's team has put together its best two seasons ever and the women's team has proven to be one of the elite teams in the CAA once again. Working heavily with the distance events, he oversaw a unit that produced multiple CAA titles and school records. The men's team won the 800 free relay in both 2013 and 2014, setting the conference record while extending the Tribe's winning streak in the event to an unprecedented four-straight years. Kemp Pettyjohn became the first men's swimmer to win the 500 free and the 1650 free in 2013, and senior Caylyn Tate for the women broke the school records in the 1000 free and the mile while finishing third in the 1650 free that same season.
Also of note has been the development of Hannah Vester. As a freshman in 2013, she set the Tribe's freshman record in the 1650, and improved on that the following year. Vester also became the Tribe's first-ever competitor at the USA Swimming Open Water Nationals in 2013, racing in the 5K. On the men's side, sophomore Charley Bowles won the 400 IM at the 2014 CAA Championships, becoming the Tribe's first-ever titlist in the that event, and six of the Tribe's all-time top nine swimmers in the 400 IM earned their lifetime-best performances under Carter.
Carter’s most recent stop on his six-year coaching career was at Georgia Southern, where he was the Eagles’ assistant coach for the last two years. He helped lead the team to a 23-9 record during his two seasons, and a program-best-ever finish of third at the 2012 CCSA Championships. GSU athletes set 125 lifetime-bests and 12 school records during Carter’s tenure, including a 100%-lifetime-best success rate among the distance swimmers. Prior to his time at GSU, Carter was an assistant coach with the Athens Bulldog Swim Club for three years. He has also worked as a counselor and instructor at several high level camps over the past few years, including at Texas A&M and at Navy.
Carter graduated from Georgia in 2010 with a degree in health and physical education, and earned his Master’s of Science in sports psychology in 2012 from Georgia Southern. He holds Level 2 certification from the American Swim Coaches Association, and is also a licensed teacher (PK-12) in the state of Georgia.