COACHING HISTORY:

  • 2004-07 ORAL ROBERTS UNIVERSITY (Division 1)

  • 2002-03 SE MISSOURI STATE (Divison 1)

  • 1999-01 NE OKLAHOMA A&M (JUCO)

  • 1998 NORTH ARKANSAS (Juco)

  • 1996-97 PHILLIPS UNIVERSITY (NAIA)

  • 1993-95 SOUTHWESTERN COLLEGE (NAIA)




Team Success Stories:

  • NCAA tournament 2007 – Minneapolis Minnesota vs Purdue (ORU)

  • NCAA tournament 2005 – Dallas Regional vs Texas (ORU)

  • NJCAA National Championship game 2001 (NEO)

  • 2001 NEO team record 36-1

  • NJCAA Coach of Year in 2000 (NEO)

  • NJCAA Final 4 1999 (NEO)

  • NAIA – Sooner Athletic Conference Champions in 1997 (Phillips University)

  • NAIA National Tournament 1997 (Phillips University)






Career Highlights:

Coach Rick Karr Coached with and was mentored by the legendary, late Denny Price. Karr also spent time coaching with the late, great Jim Stroup who played for Mr Iba on Oklahoma A&M’s 1946 National championship team. Karr Spent many years with current Highland Junior College head Coach, BJ Smith, who has garnered COtY awards at NAIA, NJCAA, and NCAA levels. He also spent time on staff with former ORU head coach and current Utah State head coach Jerry Finkbeiner, who coached Southern Nazarene University to 3 National championships and ORU to five NCAA tournament appearances. During his time coaching college basketball, Coach Karr developed two Olympians (Natalie Purcell and Noni Wharemat) who both competed at the Beijing games in 2008. Karr has Coached  30 All Americans including: Donald Carter (Southwestern College) and the late, Rosalind Ross  (drafted by the Los Angeles Sparks and played for Oklahoma) and 10 professional basketball players. Coach Karr dedicated himself to the international game and spent many years successfully recruiting athletes to play in the United States from South America, Africa, Australia, New Zealand and Europe.



Coach Karr left the college game as a high level winner to dedicate himself to inspiring young people using basketball as vehicle to reach their goals. He founded JYD basketball in 2011.