Ciara Carl joined the Aztec basketball staff as an assistant coach on July 15, 2013. Carl directs the Aztecs’ scouting efforts, works with the team’s guards, and recruits.
For the upcoming 2018-19 campaign, Carl assisted in the signing of the 60th-ranked recruiting class in the country according to Prospects Nation. It is the second consecutive year the Aztecs have had a nationally-ranked recruiting class after not having one since 2010-11.
In 2017-18, the Aztecs once again were an elite three-point shooting team. For the second straight year, SDSU hit at least 200 three-pointers, the top two totals in program history. Additionally, the team’s 33.7 three-point field goal percentage was the best since the 2009-10 campaign.
Carl oversaw McKynzie Fort climb the scoring charts to become the Aztecs’ third leading scorer (1,708 points) in program history. Fort was an All-Mountain West honoree in 2017-18 and was also named the conference’s All-Defensive Team. Najé Murray also as recognized by the conference, making the MW All-Freshman Team. Since Carl began serving on SDSU’s coaching staff, SDSU collected at least one all-MW honor each season.
Carl was instrumental in the development of Geena Gomez, who finished her career with a three-point field-goal percentage of .361 (115-319), which is the third best in school history.
During her one season at Metro State, Carl helped coach the Roadrunners to 21 victories and a spot in the NCAA Division II tournament, where they advanced to the second round. Under her tutelage, five Metro State players garnered all-Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference accolades, including Kristin Valencia, who was named the league’s defensive player of the year. As a team, the Roadrunners led the RMAC in scoring defense (51.2 ppg) and limited opponents to a league-worst .350 field-goal percentage.
Carl also witnessed success during her tenure at Cal Poly Pomona from 2010-12, as the Broncos compiled a two-year mark of 47-14 (.770) and made a pair of NCAA DII tournament appearances, including a berth in the Elite Eight in 2011. During that season, Carl assisted in the development of senior guard Reyana Colson, who earned All-America honors after capturing the California Collegiate Athletic Association’s Most Valuable Player award.
Prior to arrival at CPP, Carl gained valuable coaching experience during stops with the San Diego Sol, the San Diego Super 60 League, as well as her prep alma mater, Saint Mary’s School in Raleigh, N.C.
As a collegian, Carl starred at point guard for PLNU, helping the Sea Lions compile an 83-27 overall record in her final three seasons. During that stretch, PLNU made three consecutive trips to the NAIA tournament, capped by a Final Four appearance in 2005. She still holds the school’s career record with 647 assists and ranks second with 277 steals.
Carl received her undergraduate degree in exercise science from PLNU in 2005 and earned her master’s of science degree from California University (Pa.) in 2006 with an emphasis in performance enhancement and injury prevention. She later completed an internship at North Carolina State, working with the Wolfpack’s strength and conditioning program.
A native of Los Angeles, Carl was raised in Cary, N.C., before graduating from Saint Mary’s School in 2000. In addition to earning all-state honors in basketball as a senior, Carl also lettered in volleyball and golf during her prep career.
The Ciara Carl File
Carl's Previous Coaching Experience