If diverse experience on the offensive side of the ball is the job description for an assistant coach, then Luther Carr is the man for the job.

After playing wide receiver for four years at Eastern Washington University, Carr started his coaching career in 1994 at Lewis and Clark High School at Spokane. After several years at Lewis and Clark, he moved home to gain some head coaching experience.

Carr took over as the head coach of his old program at Seattle’s Garfield High School. It wasn’t long, however, until he decided to make the transition to college coaching. His first stop was the University of Washington. From there, it was on to the University of Montana where he spent several years coaching the wide receivers and running backs.

In addition to Carr’s experience in coaching at many levels, Akey cites his teaching ability as another of Carr’s bonuses.

"It is important to me that all of my coaches be great teachers," Akey said, "and that is exactly what he is. He was a teacher when he was the head coach of Garfield High School before he got into four-year ball. That led to him getting a job at Montana, and they had great success the whole time that he was there."

To be a great teacher, one has to know his students. In football that means recruits, and according to Akey, Carr is one of the best at recruiting.

"He’s got a great passion for recruiting," Akey said. "We will sit down and start talking about kids and he knows every kid in the Northwest."

Another key to being a great teacher is to know the system inside and out. Luckily for Carr and the Vandals, he has had experience while he was a graduate assistant at Washington when current Vandal offensive coordinator Steve Axman was with the Huskies.

"He has experience in the system," Akey said.

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