Clarksburg to Honor One of its Own: WVU Coach Mike Carey

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Clarksburg will honor WVU women’s basketball Coach Mike Carey tomorrow, Tuesday, November 28th at Noon in Jackson Square with a sign dedication.  The public is invited to attend.

Carey was a four-year basketball letterman at Salem, earning WVIAC Freshman of the Year (1977), WVIAC scoring champion (1978) and Salem MVP and WVIAC all-tournament team (1979) honors while scoring more than 2,000 career points. He was a 1993 inductee into the Salem Athletic Hall of Fame. Carey's No. 32 jersey was retired at Liberty High School in Clarksburg, West Virginia, on February 19, 2016. 

A native of Clarksburg, West Virginia, Carey is a 1980 Salem graduate with a bachelor’s degree in physical education. He received his master’s degree from Salem in 1988.

Carey and his wife, the former Cheryl Minnix, have four children -- Chris, Chelsy, who is married to former Mountaineer basketball standout Wellington Smith, Craig and Chelby. Chris and his wife, Erica, made Carey a grandpa with sons' Caden Michael and Cameron Christopher. Carey also has one granddaugther, Sloane Alexandria, from his daughter Chelsy and her husband Wellington. 

Setting new standards and taking Mountaineer women’s basketball to heights previously not thought of is the mantra for Mike Carey, as he returns for his 17th season as head coach of the West Virginia University women’s basketball team.
 
His achievements speak volumes: the program’s all-time wins leader with 346 career victories; a school-record 30 wins; the highest national rankings in program history; 11 21-win seasons in 14 years—a school record; 11 consecutive postseason appearances—a school record; 39 career victories over ranked opponents, including the highest-ranked team in school history and the highest ranked road team in school history; victories over two eventual national runner-ups; a 2014 Big 12 Conference regular-season title, four conference championship game appearances; a 2017 Big 12 Conference Tournament title; consecutive NCAA tournament appearances (2007-08, 2010-14 and 2016-17) and 10 trips in 13 years (2004, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017).
 
In 16 seasons at WVU, the three-time conference coach of the year has posted a 346-182 (.655) record. He holds the highest winning percentage in program history and reached 200 wins the fastest, doing so in his 10th season. Under his direction, WVU is 198-47 (.808) against non-conference opponents including an impressive 105-7 (.938) mark at the WVU Coliseum. For his career, Carey boasts a 634-284 (.691) record in 29 years of coaching.

Photo compliments of WVU Athletic Communications