Coach Mike Carey talks with Jeff Toquinto about Liberty battles with Bridgeport Indians

By Local News | January 19, 2017
By Jeff Toquinto.  Most of you know Mike Carey as the fiery coach of the West Virginia University nationally ranked women’s basketball team. Many of you know him as a former, short-time resident of Bridgeport and a long-time resident of Harrison County.

Some also remember Carey as the equally fiery coach of what was at the time Salem College and eventually Salem-Teikyo University. And perhaps before that a brief time serving at a few various stops as head coach and assistant coach at the high school level here in North Central West Virginia.

There’s probably more than just a handful who remember his high school playing days. Back in the early to mid-1970s Mike Carey was a three-sport terror for then Class AAA Liberty High School. While his most notable sport was basketball – where he later earned a scholarship to play at nearby Salem College – Carey still remembers his time playing for the Mountaineers.

He also remembers playing against the Indians. While Carey was a full-time starter in football his junior and senior years, he didn’t start from day one as a sophomore. His first game as a starter in the earlier portions of the 1970s was against – yep – Bridgeport.
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