CHARLESTON, W.Va. Ryan Carter has been around the game of basketball his entire life and has experienced success on the basketball court.
Carter, 25, won a pair of AAU national championships while playing with future NBA players O.J. Mayo and Bill Walker for the D1 Greyhounds.
Now the Columbus, Ohio native hopes to have similar successes as a first-year high school coach at Riverside High.
Carter took over the program in September and will look to add stability to a program that finished 9-16 last season under the guidance of three different head coaches.
"I've been around basketball all my life," said Carter, also a special education math teacher and assistant football coach at Riverside. "I was fortunate to get the job. I really love the game. I coach football because it paid for my school, but basketball is my first love."
The Warriors are a young team and must replace two of last season's three double-digit scorers, but they do have solid game-time experience on the roster.
"I've been fairly impressed so far, but we have our good days and down days," Carter said. "We have a good senior leader in Tyus Wood and we're very athletic. It's just a matter of getting everybody to buy into the system. We're young, but we should be pretty good."
Wood was the team's second leading scorer as a junior at 12.6 points per contest.
"He's a very explosive player," Carter said of Wood. "He can see the court very well and he's quick off his dribble. He's also shooting a lot better than he did last year. He's a great leader for our program."