Carr Announces Retirement From Coaching
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan football head coach Lloyd Carr announced today (Monday, Nov. 19) his retirement from coaching after 28 seasons with the Wolverine program. Carr is second to only Bennie Oosterbaan (31 years; 20 years as an assistant and 11 years as head coach) in years of service with the nation's winningest college football program.
Even though Carr will retire from coaching, he will stay on with the U-M Athletic Department as an associate athletics director. He will coach his 162nd and final game as head coach in the Wolverines' upcoming bowl game.
As head coach, Carr has compiled a 121-40 overall record and is currently seventh among active coaches with a .752 winning percentage. He has led the Wolverines to six 10-win seasons. Carr trails only Fielding H. Yost (165-29-10) and Bo Schembechler (194-48-5) in career victories at Michigan.
Carr has been dominant in Big Ten Conference play, winning 13 of his final 16 career league games. He boasts the conference's third-best overall winning percentage at .779 (81-23), trailing only his mentor, Schembechler (.850), and Yost (.786). Carr's teams have finished no lower than third place in the league each of the past 11 seasons.
Carr is just the eighth coach in league history to claim five or more championships. He has been a part of 13 Big Ten championship teams during his U-M tenure, eight as an assistant and five as head coach (1997, 1998, 2000, 2003 and 2004).
Carr led the Wolverines to the 1997 national championship, the school's first title in 49 years, with a 21-16 victory over Washington State in the 1998 Rose Bowl. He was named the national coach of the year by six different organizations following Michigan's climb to the summit of college football's elite.
Prior to being elevated to head coach, Carr was an assistant coach under Schembechler (1980-89) and Gary Moeller (1990-94). He joined Schembechler's staff as the defensive secondary coach, which he coached for seven seasons, prior to being promoted to defensive coordinator (1987-94) for three seasons under Schembechler and all five seasons with Moeller. Carr also served as assistant head coach for Moeller.