COMMERCE, Texas – Texas A&M University-Commerce Athletic DirectorRyan Ivey today announced the hiring of Colby Carthel as the 19th head football coach in Lion program history.
"We are excited to welcome Colby and his wife, Sarah, to A&M-Commerce," Ivey said. "His pedigree for coaching is well documented, along with his passion and energy to be successful. Obviously, he has been part of some very successful programs and he knows what it takes to win. His work ethic is relentless and I am excited to have him on board and look forward to watching him turn our football program around."
Carthel comes to Commerce with strong ties to the Lone Star Conference, spending the last seven seasons as the defensive coordinator at West Texas A&M and playing a key role in establishing the Buffs as one of the top teams in the region. During his seven years at West Texas A&M, the Buffs have captured four Lone Star Conference championships while making an appearance in the postseason each year, including a pair of Kanza Bowl championships and a regional championship in 2012.
During Carthel's tenure as the Buff's defensive coordinator, West Texas A&M has compiled a 69-20 record with a 77.5 winning percentage. That win total and winning percentage ranks second among all collegiate football programs in the state of Texas, trailing only Texas Christian University.
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