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HOUSTON Russell Carr has been named head boys basketball coach at St. Pius X High School, Athletic Director Jason Kimball announced Thursday.

We are extremely excited to welcome Coach Carr to our school community, Kimball said. His accomplishments as a coach and an educator are quite impressive and we are eager for him to get to work.

Carr comes to St. Pius X after serving as a basketball coach, teacher and administrator at Westbury Christian School where he compiled an overall record of 202-45 (.818). In six years as the head boys basketball coach, Carr led his team to six straight undefeated district championships, six state final four appearances and three state championships (2009, 2010, 2013). Carr finished two seasons ranked in the top 50 in the country and was selected as a TAPPS All-Star Coach and as a Texas ShootOut All-Star Coach. In addition, he has coached over 16 players to earn collegiate basketball scholarships at varying levels.

Prior to his appointment as the WCS head boys basketball coach, Carr spent six years as the head girls basketball coach and won his first state title for the Wildcats. He is a member of the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches and the National Association of Basketball Coaches.

I m very excited about the chance to work with the staff, parents and kids at St. Pius X, Carr said. I hope to bring some excitement to the basketball community that same excitement that has been generated by the consistent success seen in other sports at SPX, especially in both baseball and football. It will be a great challenge going from Class 4A to 5A, but one I am ready for. I look forward to building a program that is not only strong within Houston, but recognized throughout the state.

A native of Guntersville, Ala., Carr graduated from Guntersville High School. He received his bachelor s degree in social science with an emphasis in criminal justice from Faulkner University, where he was a member of the basketball team.

Carr and his wife, Shara have three children: daughter Evelyn (5) and sons Jackson (3) and Wyatt (1).

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