Fairfield hires former Northwestern men’s basketball coach Bill Carmody as special assistant

Kevin Casey, Sports Editor

Nearly two years after Northwestern fired Bill Carmody from his post as men’s basketball head coach, the mastermind of the Princeton offense has finally resurfaced.

Fairfield hired Carmody to its basketball staff earlier this week, adding on the veteran head coach as a special assistant/advisor. According to Andrew Garda for NJ Advance Media, Carmody joined the Stags’ operation on Monday.

In his new position, Carmody will be an aid in game preparation and strategy for coach Sydney Johnson and will not be coaching players during practices or games.

Johnson played for Carmody while he coached at Princeton.

Carmody had previously been off the radar entirely for two years following a long career in the coaching ranks. The Union College graduate joined the Princeton staff in 1982 and served as an assistant for the legendary Pete Carril, before he took over as Princeton head coach prior to the 1996-97 season. Carmody would spend four years in that post, netting the Tigers two NCAA Tournament appearances.

Carmody joined on as the Wildcats’ head coach in 2000, and held that distinction until his firing in 2013. In the meantime, Carmody got the Cats to four NITs, and nearly broke NU’s streak of never making the NCAA Tournament in 2011-2012.

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