Two new assistants, five promotions and a happy return comprise the Spartans coaching and staff changes.
There were conference championships, individual accomplishments, and academic successes in 2017.
The San Jose State football assistant coach will be the in-studio guest
Four of the new assistant football coaches are under 30 years old.
Alonzo Carter joined the San Jose State University football coaching staff in January 2017 as the running backs coach. Carter comes to the Spartans with much fanfare as a highly successful local community college and high school football head coach and an unparalleled five years in the world of musical entertainment.
The new Spartan assistant has 18 years of head coaching experience. His teams compiled a 129-69-3 win-loss record, won 11 league championships, three California Interscholastic Federation (C.I.F.) Oakland Section titles, and six post-season bowl games. He was named a league or conference coach of the year in seven of those seasons.
Before coming to San José State, he was at Contra Costa College for seven seasons. He took over a program in 2010 that won just 11 games the five previous seasons and turned it into an immediate winner. The Comets posted a 47-27 win-loss mark, captured four conference championships and won two bowl games. He was named a conference Coach of the Year in 2012, 2014 and 2015 and was a California Community College regional Coach of the Year in 2012 and 2014.
His first football head coaching position was at McClymonds High in Oakland, Calif. McClymonds won four league championships and three Oakland Section titles in eight seasons. Three times (2001, 2005, 2006), he was named the East Bay Coach of the Year.
In 2007, Carter took over a floundering Berkeley (Calif.) High program and produced a league championship season in each of his three seasons at the helm. To cap off his high school head-coaching career, he picked up his fourth league coach of the year honors of the decade as the 2009 Alameda Contra Costa Area League Coach of the Year.
Carter's coaching career began as McClymonds High's track and field coach in February 1993. In his three years as the track and field head coach, McClymonds produced eight league and section champions. He also had responsibilities as a varsity assistant football coach.
The 2016 California State University East Bay graduate majored in African American Studies. When the school was known as Cal State Hayward, he was a member of the Pioneers' football and track and field teams. At Cal State Hayward, he and a group of friends answered an audition call, became backup dancers and rap artists, and toured extensively with iconic hip-hop musician MC Hammer. Carter was awarded a multi-platinum record signifying at least 10 million albums sold for "Please Hammer Don't Hurt Em."
Carter was inducted into the African American Ethnic Sports Hall of Fame in 2001. He holds coaching certifications from the American Football Coaches Association, the California Interscholastic Federation and the California Community College Athletic Association. Carter was selected to participate in the Bill Walsh NFL Diversity Coaching Fellowship program in 2017 with the San Francisco 49ers.
He and his wife, Rozell, are the parents of six children -- Alonzo II, Isaiah, Alona, Malikhi, Anthony and Kennedie. The Carter family resides in Oakland, Calif.
|Alonzo Carter facts|
|Born: November 25, 1968 in Oakland, Calif.|
|2017 San Jose State University running backs coach|
|2010-16 Contra Costa College head football coach|
|2007-09 Berkeley (Calif.) School head football coach|
|1999-2006 McClymonds High School head football coach|
|1993-98 McClymonds High School assistant football coach|
|2015 Pacific 7 Conference|
|2014 Pacific 7 Conference|
|2013 Bay 6 Conference|
|2012 Bay 6 Conference|
|2009 Alameda Contra Costa Athletic League|
|2008 Alameda Contra Costa Athletic League|
|2007 Alameda Contra Costa Athletic League|
|2006 Oakland Athletic League & C.I.F. Oakland Section|
|2005 Oakland Athletic League & C.I.F. Oakland Section|
|2004 Oakland Athletic League|
|2001 Oakland Athletic League & C.I.F. Oakland Section|
|THEY PLAYED FOR OR WERE TRAINED BY COACH CARTER|
|Keenan Allen, WR – Los Angeles Rams, 5th NFL season|
|Josh Johnson, QB – New York Giants, 7th NFL season|
|Taiwan Jones, RB – Oakland Raiders, 7th NFL season|
|Marshawn Lynch, RB – Oakland Raiders, 10th NFL season|
|Chris McCain, DE - Los Angeles Chargers, 4th NFL season|
|Marcus Peters, CB – Kansas City Chiefs, 3rd NFL season|
|Brandon Smith, DB – Calgary Stampeders, 9th CFL season|
|Takkarist McKinley, DE – Atlanta Falcons, 2017 1st round draft choice|
|Courtney Anderson, TE – Played five NFL seasons|
|Nnamdi Asomuga, CB – Played 11 NFL seasons|
|Jahvid Best RB – Played two NFL seasons|
|Adimchinobe Echemandu, RB – Played five NFL seasons|
|Dante Marsh, CB – Played 11 CFL seasons|
|D.J. Williams, LB – Played 11 NFL seasons|