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Neighbors Growing Together | Oct 21, 2014

Carter chooses greater of two goods

By Derek Helling, Sports Editor | Mar 18, 2014
Photo by: Derek Helling Garrison Carter has been hired as the new head football coach of Washington High School. Carter steps into a program looking to build on being runner-up at state last season.

Some of the hardest choices we have to make in life aren’t between the good and the bad, but between two good options.
That was the situation new Washington High School head football coach Garrison Carter found himself in recently.
Carter had finished his second season as the head football coach at Ogden High School, coming off a second consecutive winning season. It was also the second consecutive season his team had participated in the state playoffs. Carter had a good thing going at Ogden. Before he arrived, it had been 10 seasons before the number in the win column was larger than the number in the loss column. The school had hosted its first playoff game since 1994 and celebrated its first playoff victory in 12 years. Five players had been named to All-State teams.
“Coming to Ogden I took a team that hadn’t won in a long time. I was able to establish a mentality of winning and put a program in place there. My two years in Ogden were an amazing experience,” Carter said.
The other good thing that came Carter’s way was the head coaching vacancy here in Washington. It was an opportunity for Carter to move up two classes. Washington plays its football at the 3A level, Ogden at 1A. The Demons will head into the 2014 season with the distinction of being the state of Iowa’s Class 3A runner-up the previous season. Washington returns several starters from that team and all the assistant coaches.
Thus Carter was faced with choosing the greater of two goods. The scale was finally tipped not by the Demons’ recent success nor the opportunity that the Washington Community School District offered, but by former Demon head coach Randy Schrader.
“Being back in southern Iowa was attractive but meeting with Coach Schrader and seeing everything that he has in place was a big point of attraction for me. It’s a really good situation for me to walk into. Coach Schrader and I share a lot of the same views. I have to give him a lot of credit for what is in place here. Leaving Ogden was a difficult decision until I met with him. This isn’t a rebuild like Ogden was, but a reload. Coach Schrader deserves a lot of the credit for getting the program to this point,” Carter explained.
One of the things that Carter was most impressed with was the staff that has been assembled at Washington.
“There’s a really good staff here already in place. I’ve met with those guys and had conversations with them all individually. It’s a great group of guys that I am excited about working with,” Carter added.
Carter will meet with the team this week and then finish out the school year at Ogden before he moves to Washington.
“For the next three months this is going to be the next senior class’ team. It’s up to them to be in charge of position groups and making sure we are doing what we can to prepare now. This next season could be the toughest nine-game stretch that Washington has faced in a while. We are going to have our work cut out for us every week,” Carter elaborated.
Carter is 25 years old and a 2006 graduate of Centerville High School. Carter’s mother still resides in Centerville, and his father is a Story City resident.
Washington had many good options in its search for a new head coach. Carter is the best of those options. Fortunately for the Demons, Carter also feels that Washington is the greater of two goods.

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