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Andrean's Cunningham hired to coach at Montana college

2013-05-21T19:00:00Z 2013-09-16T19:06:10Z Andrean's Cunningham hired to coach at Montana collegeSteve Hanlon steve.hanlon@nwi.com, (219) 933-4198 nwitimes.com

MERRILLVILLE | Carson Cunningham knows his future will now have his beloved region pizza frozen and sent to him via the U.S. Postal service.

But the former Andrean boys basketball coach has something new on his menu.

"They've got some great Huckleberry Jam out there," Cunningham said. "We got some last weekend and brought it home."

Cunningham's home address changed on Tuesday when he was named the new men's basketball coach at Carroll College in Helena, Mont.

Cunningham, 36, was 81-39 in five years at Andrean, his alma mater. He won four sectional championships and his team broke the Plymouth Regional curse this March by beating the hosts 70-60 in overtime.

The former player at Oregon State and Purdue, Cunningham has earned masters and Ph.D degrees and was scheduled to complete his MBA at DePaul this spring.

"I've been fly fishing a couple times," Cunningham joked of his new home in Big Sky country. "But I'm not going to win any tournaments."

Carroll athletic director Bruce Parker spoke highly of Cunningham in a release on the school's website.

“We are very excited that Carson has agreed to be our new head coach,” Parker said. “He brings tremendous enthusiasm and knowledge of the game to our program. He was an outstanding player and is a rising star in the coaching profession."

Andrean athletic director Bill Mueller said Cunningham kept him in the loop as the process unfolded. Mueller said information for potential 59ers' coaching applicants will be available on the school's website in the coming days.

Mueller said Cunningham is the kind of employee that had you smiling on the first day he walked in the door and is the kind of person that will have Mueller smiling on the last day Cunningham walks out.

Andrean won two games the season before Cunningham took over. The 59ers won more games every one of the five years of this regime.

"Carson was very intelligent in the way he led our program," Mueller said. "He was that way in everything he did. He brought in the right people and gave them the freedom to focus on one thing. He was great for Andrean and he will be missed.

"We're not looking for another Carson Cunningham because there's only one. But I'm sure there's a good coach out there who is ready to take our program to the next level."

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