Kira Carter joined the Bearkat women's basketball coaching staff prior to the 2018-19 season, coming to Sam Houston after a memorable season at Milwaukee.
The 2017-18 season was a memorable one for the Panthers. Carter helped guide Milwaukee to 21 wins - the second-highest total in program history, including two wins over Big Ten opponents Wisconsin and Northwestern. The team earned an at-large berth to the Postseason WNIT, opening things up with an impressive 81-67 road win.
Carter also coached a pair of players to postseason honors last year. Steph Kostowicz and Jenny Lindner were both named to the All-Horizon League teams, marking the first time since 2005-06 that Milwaukee earned a pair of representatives on the 10-player all-league team.
She joined the Milwaukee women's basketball staff as an assistant coach heading into the 2017-18 season after one season at Missouri S&T. As the lone assistant on the Miners staff, Carter handled or assisted in seemingly all aspects of the program. She was responsible for all scouting, film work and game planning, as well as travel arrangements. She also assisted in recruiting, player development, practice planning and budgetary decisions.
Prior to her time with the Miners, Carter spent two years at Wabash Valley College, where she helped the Warriors to a Region XXIV Championships and an NJCAA Sweet 16 appearance in 2015. In all, she helped WVC to a 55-12 overall record in her two years with the team, helping coach three players to all-conference honors, including one as an NJCAA First Team All-American.
Carter also spent time at Thomas College and with AAU team Manzer Basketball Academy.
A standout on the court, Carter started her collegiate career at Oakland, where she appeared in 28 games as a freshman. She then transferred closer to home, where she earned First-Team All-Conference and First-Team All-Region 24 honors at Wabash Valley College. She then closed out her collegiate career at Coastal Carolina, starting 47 games with the Chanticleers.
Following her college career, Carter spent one year overseas with BK Lokomotiva Karlovy Vary in the Czech Republic.
A native of Indianapolis, Carter received her masters degree in sports leadership from Duquesne University in August of 2015.