Carter spent the 2013 season as the head coach at Bradwell Institute, going 4-6 at the high school in Hinesville.
Carter replaces Steve Wilson, who resigned after his lone season as Reinhardt’s defensive coordinator. Under Wilson’s watch, the Eagles’ defense allowed an average of 31.5 points per game last fall.
Prior to his time at Bradwell, Carter served as an assistant at Camden County High School. There he worked on the staff of Jeff Herron, a longtime friend of Reinhardt coach Danny Cronic.
Carter has also made stops at North Paulding and Paulding County high schools, and on the college level at West Georgia and South Carolina State.
Carter, who is already in Waleska putting in time recruiting for the 2014 season, is excited about the new opportunity.
“I’ve had a great transition so far and I’m excited about it,” Carter said. “The kids have been great so far. I feel like they are ready to go, so I’m looking forward to it.”
Carter said the Eagles will employ a multiple-front defense, but whatever the formation, they will attack the ball.
“We are going to try to dictate the game and what goes on,” he said. “We’re not going to sit back and let teams do what they want to do. We are going to be aggressive and go get people. We are going to put 11 people out there that want to run and get to the ball and inflict a little pain when they get there.”
Cronic is happy to have Carter on board.
“He is very enthusiastic,” Cronic said. “He is very smart. I look for us to do well on defense next year.”
Carter said he sees many of the pieces the defense will need already in place at Reinhardt. Recruiting will add a few more cogs to the machine.
“It’s going to come down to them spending time in the weight room right now and getting things ready to go physically,” he said. “Another year as far as body maturity and mental maturity and we have what we need here. Also, you go out and recruit and add a few more pieces that will have and we have a pretty good shot to be good on defense.”
Cronic believed Carter will be a good fit for his staff at Reinhardt.
“He is a worker and has energy,” Cronic said. “He loves coaching day and night and we are going to cover some ground with him. I think that he is going to be good.”
Carter has never worked with any of his fellow coaches Reinhardt in the past, though he has known offensive line coach Reggie Perkins, who also coached football in Paulding County, for some time.
Carter and Cronic both acknowledged that there has been a considerable amount of turnover on the Reinhardt staff, but Carter attributed it to good coaches getting offers to go elsewhere.
Cronic echoed those thoughts.
“When you are doing things right, people notice,” he said. “We had a lot of folks who came and went before we ever played a game.”