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John Carr
John Carr

Position:
Director of Football Operations

John Carr, a 17-year coaching veteran with experience in the high school and collegiate ranks, will join coach Todd Monken's staff as Director of Football Operations, the program announced on Tuesday.

"I am very excited about the opportunity to work with Coach Monken and his entire staff," Carr said. "I'm very familiar with the great tradition and even greater expectations here at Southern Miss and look forward to hitting the ground running. This is a great community to be a part of, and I couldn't be more thrilled to get started."

Carr comes to Southern Miss from Ouachita Parish High School where he had served as the head coach since 2005. In that span, Carr built Ouachita into a perennial state playoff team and amassed a record of 72-28 over his seven years. Since taking over the program, over 30 of Carr's former athletes have signed scholarship offers with collegiate programs.

"I have known John for a number of years, and he is going to be a strong addition to this staff," Monken added. "We go back to my days at Louisiana Tech and LSU. He will be a great mentor to our young men and brings just another dynamic attitude and work ethic to the office and locker room each and every day."

In 2005, Carr led the Lions to the Class 4A Louisiana State semi-finals and had quarter-final appearances in 2006, 2008 and 2012.

Prior to taking over the head position at Ouachita, Carr was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks at East Mississippi Community College for one season. Along with his coaching duties, Carr wore multiple hats, serving as the program's sports information director, financial aid director and academic advisor.

Carr's coaching background goes back to the conclusion of his college playing days at Louisiana Tech. A two-year letterwinner for the Bulldogs, Carr earned his Bachelors of Science in Health and Physical Education from Louisiana Tech and earned his Masters of Education in Administration and Supervision from Louisiana-Monroe in 2001.

He is married to the former Paige Hammonds and the couple has two daughters, Anna and Emma. Carr's father, Roger, also played wide receiver in the NFL for 10 seasons with the Baltimore Colts, Seattle Seahawks and San Diego Chargers.

Carr at a Glance
YearEmployerPosition
2005-13Ouachita Parish HSHead Coach
2004-05East Mississippi CCOffensive Coordinator
2002-04Neville HSOffensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
1999-2002West Monroe HSWide Receivers
2001Bayou Beats (PIFL)Passing Game Coordinator
1998-99West Ouachita HSOffensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
1997-98Ouachita Parish HSWide Receivers
1996-97West Ouachita HSWide Receivers

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