|Team:||Athletics Director, Men's Basketball, Baseball|
If you are ever traveling west into El Paso on Interstate 10, you might come across the David L. Carrasco Job Corps Center. This mural is dedicated to the former AU basketball coach and athletics director. Named the 1958 NCAA College Division National Coach of the Year, Carrasco’s real commitment was towards integration. “He wasn’t always about winning,” says his son David. During a three-year run starting with the 1957-58 season the Eagles made three straight NCAA College Division National Tournaments under Carrasco. Also, under Carrasco’s command the team won three Mason Dixon Conference titles and earned two NCAA tournament appearances (small college division).
Carrasco is one of only four coaches in American’s history to have four straight winning seasons. A leader in the area of racial integration at the college men’s basketball level, Carrasco was recruited by the State Department to teach sports abroad after coaching. David Carrasco passed away in 1990, but his memory lives on in the lives of his players and in the ideals he sought to impart.