Jimmy Garrity | Head Coach
Alma Mater: Elon '89
Office Phone: (864) 231-2011
Jimmy Garrity enters his third season at the helm of the Anderson University women’s basketball team, being hired on August 1, 2013.
Stringing together one of the program's best seasons in 2014-15, Garrity was tabbed South Atlantic Conference Coach of the Year, becoming the second AU coach to earn the yearly honor. Garrity led the Trojans to a 27-5 overall record and a berth into the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16. Prior to the postseason run, Garrity became the first coach in conference history to win 20 league games, finishing the season with a 20-2 SAC record and a regular-season championship. Garrity also saw starting point guard Sierra Simpson earn SAC Player of the Year and SAC First Team honors, while Lesley Woods and Jasmine Franklin were listed on the SAC Honorable Mention list.
Garrity led the Trojans to a 16-14 overall record an 11-11 mark in SAC play in his first year with the Trojans. After earning the No. 6 seed in the SAC Tournament, the Trojans shocked the league with a 71-64 overtime win over third-seeded Lincoln Memorial, earning a spot in the conference semifinals where they fell to eventual tournament champion, Wingate. Under Garrity, AU placed three on all-conference teams, including Simpson's All-SAC second team honor and Alexis Dillard's all-freshman team spot.
Garrity spent the 2012-13 season at Clemson University as the women’s basketball assistant coach. With the Lady Tigers, Garrity was in charge of scouting, practice planning, game scheduling, coordinating of the guards, community service and alumni relations. Garrity also maintained the Lady Tiger website and monitored the academic success of the student-athletes.
Before spending a season at CU, Garrity spent 10 seasons within many facets of the UNC Wilmington basketball program. The Clemson resident was hired as the Director of Basketball Operations in 2002 for both the men’s and women’s basketball teams. Once the position spilt into two different roles, Garrity took over just the women’s side while also becoming an assistant coach in 2007. Continuing his tenure with UNCW, Garrity was promoted to the associate head coach role in 2011 and coached his team to the second round of the WNIT.
Being involved with sports throughout his life, ranging from the NBA to youth basketball, Garrity brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to Anderson. Before getting into coaching, Garrity worked as a Golf Course Superintendent in Lawrence, Kan. and a Field Representative and Director of Ticket Sales and Services at NC State.
In his time working with college basketball, Garrity has spent time with a CAA Player of the Year, two CAA Rookie of the Year recipients, two CAA Tournament MVPs, a CAA Defensive Player of the Year, nine all-CAA players, two Dean Ehiers Leadership Award winners, six CAA all-academic honor roll members, one ACC all-academic honor roll member, and 13 professional basketball players.
Garrity graduated from Elon in 1989 with a degree in business administration and marketing and later earned a Master’s in sports administration from St. Thomas University in Miami, Fla. in 1990.
Garrity is married to Jenny Garrity, who served as UNCW’s women’s tennis coach for 13 seasons. The couple have two daughters Kacey and Carly, and a son Corey.