Debbie Carrier

Coach • Inducted 2009

Debbie CarrierDebbie Carrier was officially named the seventh head coach in JCCC women’s basketball history on June 14, 1996, and in the 12 seasons that followed she painted her name across the record books grabbing the title of Johnson County’s winningest head coach while building a nationally prominent team. In the 2002-03 season, Carrier became the program’s all-time wins leader, surpassing Barbara Gill on the all-time chart with 119.  She upped that over the next five seasons to a mark of 239-165. Her 239 career wins rank ninth all-time in Kansas Jayhawk Conference history. Carrier guided the Lady Cavaliers to eight 20-win seasons in her 12 years, including a school record 28 victories in her final campaign as Johnson County’s head coach. 

In her inaugural season at JCCC, Carrier led her team to 21 wins, which ranks as the second highest win total by a rookie coach in team history. Four years after taking over as the JCCC leader, she led her team to the NJCAA Division II National Championship.    Subsequently, her teams followed by winning eight more Region VI titles, and advanced to the NJCAA Women’s D-II National Tournament in five of those eight seasons. Carrier won nine region titles, six district titles, a national championship, posted six top 10 national finishes and four top five finishes. 

Honors also came her way in her 12 years. She was the NJCAA D-II National Coach of the Year in 2000, the District Coach of the Year five times and Region VI Coach of the Year nine times. Postseason honors accompanied several of her players as well. In all, Carrier coached 11 NJCAA All-American players, two WBCA All-Americans, eight NJCAA All-Tournament selections, a National Tournament MVP, 35 NJCAA All-Region VI players and 17 East Jayhawk Conference performers. Twelve of her former players were honored as NJCAA Academic All-Americans, including three from the 2002-03 season, and two in 2006-07.