Former Blue Dragon basketball player Cortland Carney is in his second stint on the Blue Dragon men’s basketball bench.
Carney returned to Hutchinson as an assistant coach before the 2011-12 season. That first run ran through the 2016-17 season. After a one-year hiatus, Carney returned for the 2017-18 season.
His first six-year run with the Blue Dragons was highly successful with 117 total victories and a pair of Region VI championships in 2013 and 2015. The 2015 Blue Dragons advanced to the NJCAA Tournament’s Elite Eight. In 2016, the Blue Dragons won their first Jayhawk Conference championship since 2004 and earned a national tournament berth as a zone qualifier. Hutchinson then advanced all the way to the NJCAA Tournament championship game for the fifth time in team history.
In 2017, Carney saw the Blue Dragons go one step further by winning the 2017 NJCAA National Championship after the team won the Jayhawk Conference championship. That team finished 35-2.
Carney played for the Blue Dragons in the 2000-01 season for head coach Tim Duryea. That Blue Dragon team went 18-12.
Before coming to Hutchinson, Carney was at Missouri-Kansas City and initially started his collegiate career at Butler County Community College for future Blue Dragon coach, Steve Eck.
After Hutchinson, Carney went on to have a stellar two seasons at Newman University in Wichita in 2002 and 2003.
He was selected as a team captain in both seasons with the Jets. He earned all-conference honors in both seasons and was an NAIA All-American in 2002.
Since 1982, Carney, a Wichita native, has been involved with Big Brothers and Big Sisters.
He was a co-founder and coach in the Kansas Pray ‘N’ Play Players Basketball program, an organization created for mentoring and helping youth receive college scholarships. Through this program, Carney has mentored such players as Perry Ellis (Kansas) and Buddy Held (Oklahoma).
During the 2013-14 season, Carney has a daughter named Peyton.