Jordan Carter – HRHS Basketball Coach
Highlands Ranch families & players,
My name is Jordan Carter, and I cannot adequately express to you how thrilled I am to have the opportunity to be your new head boys basketball coach. Highlands Ranch High School is a special place, and one that I have always admired, going back to my own high school playing days. I have had many teammates that were former Falcons, and my own high school basketball career was ended by HRHS (2010 state tournament), so I understand the history and the tremendous pride that this school and this community holds for its athletic programs. I know that I am a bit of a mystery to many/most of you, so I would like to give you my background, and my vision for the program moving forward.
I was born in Denver and raised in Green Valley Ranch, before my family moved to the Littleton area in 1999 (my father was a 33 year Denver Police Sergeant, and we were required to live within Denver city limits at the time). I attended Chatfield Senior High School, where I was part
of a very successful program that won or shared Jefferson County conference titles each of my four years there. Afterwards, I played college basketball at UCCS in Colorado Springs, where in my senior year, we were able to turn the program around and make our first-ever NCAA tournament (having current San Antonio Spur Derrick White as our point guard didn’t hurt, either). These experiences solidified my resolve to remain involved in the game that I love after my playing career concluded; working with young players is my passion.
Since 2012, I have coached club/AAU basketball, and currently coach the 17U team for the Colorado Miners Basketball Club, which has provided me with invaluable experience in both the coaching and recruiting world, so that I may be able to help guide or give advice to student-athletes during that process, if need be. I was an assistant coach at Rangeview High
School from 2016-2018, where I was blessed to work with a program that would win a state championship and make an additional undefeated run to a second consecutive final four appearance (cancelled by COVID) in the two seasons after I left. As the head coach of Mountain Range High School from 2018 until my acceptance of this position, we were handed a “rebuilding job that will take several years”, as my athletic director told me upon offering me the job. We asked our kids to essentially commit themselves to a college-like schedule, one that I designed to resemble from my own playing days at UCCS. We worked on basketball, conditioning, and weight training in some capacity five to six days a week, starting in mid August going until tryouts. It is my firm belief that as a result of this commitment to hard work, the kids were able to more than triple their win total (from four wins in year one to 13 in year two) and host a 5A playoff game, when they were expected by local sports writers to win no more than five total games on the season.
I am a firm believer in work ethic, teamship, building relationships, and empowering players. I believe in building our system of play around the players that we have and capitalizing on their unique strengths; it should never be about feeding a coach’s ego. I know that we are in strange
times, but I cannot wait to meet and work with you all. I know that trust must be earned, and I intend on beginning this process as soon as possible. It is my desire to begin the process of becoming the players and the team we are capable of becoming. I am so very excited to get started; it feels great to be a Falcon!
– Jordan Carter
- Work Ethic – Success is driven by how hard you train both mentally and physically. All student – athletes will understand the value of PROPER training through hard work, self-discipline and motivation. We believe that winning is a by product of hard work and training, however at this level winning is not always the most important thing. Gaining playing experience and improving your child’s skill sets are vital.
- Enthusiasm/Fun – Everything Highlands Ranch Gold Crown Program teaches always has an element of fun and competitive enthusiasm. We want our student – athletes and parents to enjoy their experience. Players will be invited to participate on a team based upon common measurements include attitude, skill set, work ethic, teamwork, attendance at practice, and overall willingness to play hard. While we seek to include as many players as possible, this does not mean that playing time is always equal.
- Building Student-Athletes Confidence – We are devoted to teaching our athletes how to compete at a high level. We will focus on developing the required skills so each athlete has the potential to play at the varsity level in the future.
GO BLUE – GO FALCONS