Billy Carmody’s Journey from Union College to Northwestern

On the basketball floor, Billy Carmody was a player-coach for the Gary Walters-coached Union College basketball team in the 1970s. A heady guard and team leader, Carmody was tough at both ends of the floor, and he led the Dutchmen to a 59-11 record in his three years as a starter.  After Union, Carmody moved on and had a very successful coaching career.  He began his career as the head coach of Fulton-Montgomery Community College in Johnstown, and he led the team to a 17-10 record and the conference title his only season there.  He returned to Union to become an assistant to Bill Scanlon.  In 1980, he became an assisant at Providence College, where he worked alongside his former mentor, Walters.  From 1982 to 1995, Carmody was an assistant at Princeton under the highly-regarded Pete Carril.  In 1996, he replaced Carril as the Tigers’ head coach, and his 1997-1998 team was ranked as high as 7th nationally.  His overall record at Princeton was 92-25.  In 2000, he took over the Northwestern University job, where he became the second winningest coach in Northwestern history.  Carmody had two 20-win seasons.  They were the only two in school history. His teams, however , never finished higher than fifth in the Big-Ten, and Carmody was fired on March 16, 2013.

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