On this episode of Inside the Headset, we speak with Texas A&M-Commerce Head Coach Colby Carthel about his team’s 2017 National Championship season and what he’s been up to this offseason.
Coach Carthel’s career began as the defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator for Abilene Christian University (2000-2005). In 2006, his father, Don Carthel, hired him as the defensive coordinator for West Texas A&M, and he remained with the program through the 2012 season. In 2013, Carthel accepted the head coaching position at Texas A&M-Commerce.
- [0:23] Start of interview
- [0:55] Winning the 2017 DII National Championship
- [2:03] Changing the culture at Commerce
- [3:34] “We don’t have more fun because we win, we win because we have more fun”
- [5:54] Throwing out the first pitch for the Texas Rangers
- [7:52] Building a brand
- [9:24] Receiving a custom-made Henry rifle
- [10:30] Creating staff chemistry through noodling
- [12:39] Having a wife, Sarah, who also coaches a fall sport
- [15:26] Coaching with his dad, Don
- [18:04] Keeping continuity on coaching staffs
- [21:21] Faith, Family, Football panel at the AFCA Convention
- [24:39] Second chances & recruiting for program “fit”
— Colby Carthel (@CoachCarthel) December 17, 2017
Some towns will give you “keys to the city” for winning a National Championship…
Commerce, TX will present you a custom made Henry rifle!
A sincere “thank you” to the fine citizens of this great town. We’re blessed to call you friends, and honored to call this place home… pic.twitter.com/rlkbsKUW8y
— Colby Carthel (@CoachCarthel) April 11, 2018
Had a great time with friends, family, and all the @Lions_FB fans, as I threw out the first pitch at the @Rangers game today! And I saw lots of great looking hats throughout the ballpark, as we all cheered the @Rangers to victory over the @Mariners…#ToTheTop pic.twitter.com/VnyVAajvTH
— Colby Carthel (@CoachCarthel) April 23, 2018
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