Alonzo Carter joined the San Jose State University football coaching staff in January 2017 as the running backs coach. Carter comes to the Spartans with much fanfare as a highly successful local community college and high school football head coach and an unparalleled five years in the world of musical entertainment.
The new Spartan assistant has 18 years of head coaching experience. His teams compiled a 129-69-3 win-loss record, won 11 league championships, three California Interscholastic Federation (C.I.F.) Oakland Section titles, and six post-season bowl games. He was named a league or conference coach of the year in seven of those seasons.
Before coming to San José State, he was at Contra Costa College for seven seasons. He was named a conference Coach of the Year in 2012, 2014 and 2015 and was a California Community College regional Coach of the Year in 2012 and 2014. His first football head coaching position was at McClymonds High in Oakland, Calif. McClymonds won four league championships and three Oakland Section titles in eight seasons. Three times (2001, 2005, 2006), he was named the East Bay Coach of the Year. In 2007, Carter took over a floundering Berkeley (Calif.) High program and produced a league championship season in each of his three seasons at the helm.
The 2016 California State University East Bay graduate majored in African American Studies. When the school was known as Cal State Hayward, he was a member of the Pioneers’ football and track and field teams. At Cal State Hayward, he and a group of friends answered an audition call, became backup dancers and rap artists, and toured extensively with iconic hip-hop musician MC Hammer. Carter was awarded a multi-platinum record signifying at least 10 million albums sold for “Please Hammer Don’t Hurt Em.”
Carter was inducted into the African American Ethnic Sports Hall of Fame in 2001. He holds coaching certifications from the American Football Coaches Association, the California Interscholastic Federation and the California Community College Athletic Association. Carter was selected to participate in the Bill Walsh NFL Diversity Coaching Fellowship program in 2017 with the San Francisco 49ers.
He and his wife, Roezell, are the parents of six children — Alonzo II, Isaiah, Alona, Malikhi, Anthony and Kennedie. The Carter family resides in San Jose, Calif.