James Carey

Track and Field Coach

Jim Carey coached from 1979 to 1997. Hired as a physical education teacher and varsity running coach for the 1979-1980 school year, Jim began to have an immediate impact on the school that makes a difference. He brought with him a strong work ethic from the campus of the University of South Carolina where Jim starred as a member of the Gamecocks’ Track and Field squad. The McClancy administration named Jim Head Track and Field Coach in 1982. His tenure as the Crusader headman lasted for some fifteen years.

Championships in Track and Field became commonplace under Coach Carey’s tutelage. Five times his teams were CHSAA City Champions; ten times they were Brooklyn/Queens Champions. On two occasions, the team won the newly reinstated Mayor’s Trophy, and six times, Carey’s squad finished among the top three in the city.

Individually, Jim’s athletes experienced a tremendous amount of success. There were more than forty City Champions and seventy Brooklyn/Queens Champions, sixty-three times school records were broken; eight individuals earned a High School National Ranking, more than eighty performances earned a state ranking, and more than forty individuals won athletic scholarships. His class mile relay team won twice at the Penn Relays; and his three man high-jump relay owns the National Catholic High School record.

In 1997, Jim Carey brought his winning ways to the principal’s desk at McClancy. Jim married his wife Lisa in 1985. The Careys have two children, James and Anne.