METUCHEN, NJ - Saint Joseph High School is pleased to announce the appointment of Ryan Carter ‘91 to the position of Director of Athletics, effective January 4, 2023.
Current Director of Athletics Michael Murray will transition to Assistant Director of Athletics before starting a newly created role at the school. He will remain the Saint Joe’s head baseball coach.
“I am very excited to have Ryan Carter on board to become the next Director of Athletics at Saint Joseph High School,” President John G. Nolan, Jr. said. “Ryan was an accomplished student-athlete here at Saint Joe’s and has taken the Falcon Varsity Ice Hockey team to new heights since being named head coach in 2007. I am confident that he will create an experience that will allow our student-athletes to excel on and off the playing field.”
Carter graduated from Saint Joseph High School in 1991 as the school’s fourth leading scorer, with 151 points, including 75 goals. He was inducted into the Saint Joseph Athletics Hall of Fame in 2019.
After receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from Kean University in 1998, Carter has been a Port Authority Police Officer since 2002. He will retire from duty on January 3, 2023 with 20 years of service. Carter also earned a Masters Degree in the Science of Leadership from Norwich University in 2020.
Carter has coached the Saint Joseph High School Varsity Ice Hockey team since 2003. He became the head coach in 2007.
“It is truly an honor to come back home,” Carter said. “Saint Joe’s was a life changing experience and it made me the man and coach that I am today. I can’t wait to start this next chapter of my life and couldn’t have thought of a better opportunity for me and my family.”
Carter is a four-time Greater Middlesex Conference Coach of the Year. Under his reign, the Falcons have won 14 consecutive regular season conference titles, claiming nine GMC Tournament championships and three Egan Conference Championships.
Two of Carter’s former players were selected in the NHL Draft, including all-star defenseman John Carlson, and Christian Jensen ‘04, who was drafted by the San Jose Sharks. Marc Johnstone ‘16 is also in the NHL pipeline, playing for the Toronto Marlies, the minor league affiliate of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
More than 40 percent of Carter’s players have continued their ice hockey careers at the collegiate level, with several players securing NCAA Division I scholarships.
Carter takes over the Athletics Department from Murray, who has been the Saint Joe’s Director of Athletics for the past six years. During his tenure, Murray helped relaunch the Athletics Hall of Fame and the Saint Joe’s wrestling program.
“We are very grateful to Michael for his tireless efforts in working to ensure the student-athlete experience at Saint Joe’s is second to none,” Nolan said. “We thank him greatly for his service and look forward to his next role at the school.”