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At Dubois, Carrico revived his coaching career to Rams' benefit

Apr 14, 2014 - By Randy Tucker, Sports Writer

At 78, the retired Marine was enjoying retirement when his grandson called him to move from San Diego to the mountains of Wyoming.

It was a circuitous route for Dubois head coach Mike Carrico to arrive in the High Country. The first-year coach is Fremont County's Coach of the Year in boys basketball.

When Carrico arrived in Dubois, the result was a near perfect storm of basketball for the Rams.

Once a Marine ...

Dubois has had talent for many years, but the team often lacked discipline. Carrico retired from the U.S. Marine Corps years ago, but, as the adage goes, "Once a Marine always a Marine."

His mental toughness and adherence to discipline meshed well with a Dubois team that had only eight players.

One of those players is Carrico's grandson, Walker Carrico, and the opportunity to coach his grandson was one of the motivating factors that brought Carrico to Fremont County.

He played basketball and competed in track and field for Montana State University in the early 1950s, then switched to a career in the Marine Corps.

Grandson's call

At 78, Carrico was enjoying retirement when Walker called and asked his grandpa to move from sunny San Diego to the mountain valley nestled in the Wind River range.

Carrico brought a patterned offense learned long ago to the struggling Rams. As the season went on, it began to show success.

Back to state

Dubois qualified for state for the first time since the 2005 season when the Rams competed in Class 2-A. After close opening-round loss, Dubois regrouped to win two in a row and take home the Class 1-A consolation championship.

"I'd like to coach again if they'll have me," Carrico said.

The Rams should be strong contenders in Class 1-A next season, losing just Austin Tharp and Nathan Moore to graduation.

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