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Lloyd Carr
Title Head coach
Sport Football
Born July 30, 1945 (1945-07-30) (age 64)
Place of birth Hawkins County, Tennessee
Career highlights
Overall 122–40
Bowls 6–7
Coaching stats
College Football DataWarehouse
1 National (1997)
5 Big Ten (1997–1998, 2000, 2003–2004)
Walter Camp Coach of the Year Award (1997)
Paul "Bear" Bryant Award (1997)
Northern Michigan University Hall of Fame (1997)
Catholic League Hall of Fame (1997)
Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award (2007)
Robert R. Neyland Award (2008)
Playing career
Northern Michigan
Position Quarterback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Nativity HS (MI) (assistant)
Belleville HS (MI) (assistant)
John Glenn HS (Westland, MI)
Eastern Michigan (assistant)
Illinois (assistant)
West Virginia (off-season)[1]
Michigan (DB)
Michigan (DC)

Lloyd H. Carr (born July 30, 1945) is the former head coach of the University of Michigan football team, a job he held from 1995 until January 2008. Under Carr, the Wolverines complied a record was 122–40 and won or shared five Big Ten Conference titles (1997, 1998, 2000, 2003, and 2004). Carr's 1997 team was declared the national champion by the Associated Press.


Youth and education

Born in Hawkins County, Tennessee, Carr moved with his family to Riverview, Michigan when he was ten years old.[2] Carr's picture is still shown in the Riverview Community High School gym lobby, where he quarterbacked the Pirates to a 1962 State Championship. A talented athlete, Carr played college football at University of Missouri, and later at Northern Michigan University (NMU) while earning his M.A. in education administration. He was a star quarterback at NMU and led the Wildcats to an undefeated season after transferring there from Missouri. He also received an honorary PhD from the University of Michigan shortly after retiring.[3]

Early coaching career

Carr's coaching career began as an assistant at Nativity High School in Detroit, Michigan (1968–69) and at Belleville High School (1970–73). He became head coach at John Glenn High School in Westland, Michigan in 1973 and earned Regional Class A Coach of the Year honors in 1975 following an 8–1 season.

Carr's collegiate coaching career started with two seasons as an assistant coach at Eastern Michigan University (1976–77), followed by two seasons as an assistant coach at Illinois (1978–79). Carr then moved on to Michigan where he served as an assistant under Bo Schembechler (1980–89) and Gary Moeller (1990–94). Carr was the team's defensive secondary coach for his first seven seasons and then defensive coordinator from 1987 until 1994. He also held the title of assistant head coach from 1990 to 1994.

Head coach at Michigan

Carr was named Michigan's interim head coach on May 13, 1995, following the resignation of Gary Moeller nine days earlier due to off-the-field trouble. Though athletic director Joe Roberson initially declared that Carr was not a candidate in the search for Moeller's permanent replacement, Roberson reversed his earlier position and gave Carr the job permanently on November 13, 1995 after he posted an 8-2 record through his first ten games as head coach. His very first game as head coach, at home against Virginia in late August 1995, was at the time Michigan's largest ever comeback win, from 17–0 down. Carr himself has acknowledged that had Michigan lost that game, he might not have been given the permanent coaching job.

In 1997, Carr's team defeated Ohio State, 20–14, making him the third Michigan coach to defeat Ohio State in each of his first three games, following Fielding Yost and Fritz Crisler. The Wolverines concluded that season with a win over Washington State in the Rose Bowl, after which Michigan was named national champions by the Associated Press. They were also awarded the MacArthur Bowl by the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame and the Grantland Rice Award by the Football Writers Association of America, given annually to the nation's most outstanding football team. For his efforts Carr received the Paul "Bear" Bryant Award and was named the National Coach of the Year.

During the 2003 season, Carr joined Yost, Bennie Oosterbaan and Schembechler as the only coaches in school history to serve for more than 100 career games. The Wolverines also won consecutive Big Ten championships in 2003 and 2004, earning the school's 18th and 19th appearances in the Rose Bowl game. In 2005, Carr recorded his 100th career victory, against Iowa. He ranks third in school history in career victories, behind only Schembechler (194) and Yost (165).

At a Sunday team meeting, on November 18, 2007, after the completion of the 2007 regular season, Coach Carr told his team that he was retiring after Michigan's bowl game, and he made his official public announcement at a press conference on Monday, November 19, 2007.

On the eve of his final game versus the defending national champion University of Florida in the 2008 Capital One Bowl, Coach Carr was awarded the Bobby Dodd National Coach of the Year Award.[4]

On January 1, 2008, then-unranked Michigan beat ninth-ranked Florida 41–35 in the 2008 Capital One Bowl to allow Coach Carr to record a win in his final game as Michigan's head coach. The defending national champion Gators were led by head coach Urban Meyer and Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow. In the celebration that followed, Carr was carried off the field by his Michigan players. In the final AP poll after the game, Michigan ranked No. 18.


Carr was among the winningest active football coaches in the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division I-A). His teams won five Big Ten titles and the 1997 national championship after beating Washington State in the Rose Bowl. In addition, Michigan was ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 for all but nine of its games under Carr (all occurring in 1998, 2005, and 2007). Only once during his tenure did Michigan end its season unranked (2005). Carr became the first Wolverine coach to win four straight bowl games, beating Auburn, 31–28, on New Year's Day at the 2001 Florida Citrus Bowl, after leading Michigan to victories in the 1998 Rose Bowl, 1999 Florida Citrus Bowl, and the 2000 Orange Bowl.

Carr was also lauded for his high ethical standards and avoidance of any substantive NCAA violations during his tenure. His integrity was widely lauded as one of his defining characteristics, and a major part of his legacy.

Carr posted a .500 or better record against two of Michigan's three top rivals, going 5–4 against Notre Dame and 10–3 against Michigan State. Carr also recorded a 9–2 record against Penn State.

However, some will remember the struggles he had at the end of his career, most notably that he lost six of his last seven games to Ohio State. Also, Michigan lost five of its six bowl games between the 2001–2006 seasons. And largely due to an ongoing problem with losing road openers (Carr's Wolverines dropped six in a row at one point), he only had his program in the late-season hunt for the BCS Championship Game once (in 2006) and never reached the game although 11 other college football programs have since its inception in 1998.

Activities off the field

In addition to his work on the football field, Carr is involved with the University and the community. He has been active in support of women’s athletics, endowing a women’s sports scholarship that is presented annually to a female student-athlete at UM.

Carr has served as the chairperson for the WJR/Special Olympics Golf Outing. He and his wife, Laurie, were also co-chairs of the 2002 Washtenaw County United Way Campaign. Carr serves on the NCAA Rules Committee and is a member of the American Board of Trustees.

Since 2004, an annual summer "Carr's Wash for Kids" has been held with the proceeds benefiting C.S. Mott Children's Hospital. Coach Carr has probably been the most visible celebrity raising money for the new Mott hospital building, discussing it often on Michigan Replay and sporting a bracelet showing his support for the hospital for several years.

Carr also hosts the Hall-of-Fame Football Camp in his hometown of Riverview, Michigan. In 2008 the city renamed the former Pennsalt Park "Lloyd Carr Park" in his honor.

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl Coaches# AP°
Michigan Wolverines (Big Ten Conference) (1995–2007)
1995 Michigan 9–4 5–3 T–3rd L Alamo 19 17
1996 Michigan 8–4 5–3 T–5th L Outback 20 20
1997 Michigan 12–0 8–0 1st W Rose 2 1
1998 Michigan 10–3 7–1 T–1st W Citrus 12 12
1999 Michigan 10–2 6–2 T–2nd W Orange 5 5
2000 Michigan 9–3 6–2 T–1st W Citrus 10 11
2001 Michigan 8–4 6–2 2nd L Citrus 20 20
2002 Michigan 10–3 6–2 3rd W Outback 9 9
2003 Michigan 10–3 7–1 1st L Rose 7 6
2004 Michigan 9–3 7–1 T–1st L Rose 12 14
2005 Michigan 7–5 5–3 T–3rd L Alamo
2006 Michigan 11–2 7–1 T–2nd L Rose 9 8
2007 Michigan 9–4 6–2 T–2nd W Capital One 19 18
Michigan: 122–40 81–23
Total: 122–40
      National Championship         Conference Title         Conference Division Title
Indicates BCS bowl game. #Rankings from final Coaches Poll.
°Rankings from final AP Poll.

Player accomplishments

In the Carr era, several Michigan players won national and conference awards:

National awards

Conference honors


External links

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Gary Moeller
University of Michigan Head Football Coach
Succeeded by
Rich Rodriguez
Preceded by
Bruce Snyder
Paul "Bear" Bryant Award
Succeeded by
Bill Snyder
Preceded by
Bruce Snyder
Walter Camp Coach of the Year
Succeeded by
Bill Snyder
Preceded by
Jim Grobe
Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award
Succeeded by
Mack Brown

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