Arte Culver
Arte Culver
Title: Head Coach
Phone: 706.419.1516
Email: arte.culver@covenant.edu
Year: 1st
Alma Mater: Rice University ('06)
Undergraduate Degree: (B.A.) Mathematics
Postgraduate Degree: (M.A.T.) Mathematics
Twitter: @ArteCulver

Arte Culver was hired as the head men's basketball coach in July of 2016. The 2016-17 season was Culver's first at Covenant.

"I am honored and blessed to serve as the head men's basketball coach at Covenant College. I am thankful to President Dr. J. Derek Halvorson and Athletic Director Tim Sceggel for believing in me and giving me the opportunity to lead the men's basketball program at Covenant. Their trust and support have been phenomenal," Culver said at the time of his hire. "Covenant offers a unique combination of strong academics in a genuine Christian atmosphere, and these things became all the more evident as I began to familiarize myself with the school and basketball program. The men's basketball program has experienced a lot of growth in the past couple of seasons, and I believe that we have not hit our ceiling yet. I am extremely excited to make an impact in the lives of our players as we seek to take Covenant Men's Basketball to new heights."

In Culver's first season at Covenant, he guided the Scots to their second consecutive winning season with a 14-12 overall record and a berth in the USA South Tournament. In his debut, Culver and the Scots defeated No. 15-ranked Emory 74-70 on Nov. 15, 2016. The 14-12 record marked the best record of any first-year head coach in program history. Covenant had one All-USA South player (Patjo Twagirayezu) and a three-time USA South Rookie of the Week winner (Caleb Haynes) during the year. Culver's team was also awarded the USA South Team Sportsmanship Award, the second straight year Covenant earned the honor in men's basketball.

Culver came to Covenant after spending two seasons as an assistant coach at Wheaton (Ill.) College under head coach Mike Schauer. At Wheaton, Culver assisted in all areas of the program and served as the recruiting coordinator. Prior to Wheaton, Culver spent one year as the scholastic coordinator and video coordinator at NCAA Division I member Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. In his duties at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Culver oversaw all academic aspects of the men's basketball program and coordinated video scouting.

"I am beyond excited to bring a man of Arte's quality to lead our men's basketball program," Sceggel said. "His gifts in discipleship and recruiting, along with his relentless pursuit of excellence, make him a great fit for Covenant. I can't wait to see how God will use Arte to shape the lives of young men in the context of basketball in the years ahead."

Prior to his tenure at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Culver served one year as an assistant basketball coach and math teacher at The Kinkaid School in Houston, Texas. Culver also served one year as the head varsity basketball coach at Rosehill Christian School in Tomball, Texas, while teaching algebra and geometry classes.

Culver is a 2006 graduate of Rice University, earning a degree in Mathematics. A walk-on with the Owls, Culver was a three-year letterwinner for the Rice men's basketball team and was a member of a class that set the program record for most victories during a four-year period with 73. During his playing career, Rice made two National Invitation Tournament (NIT) appearances. Additionally, Culver was a four-time scholar athlete at Rice and a two-time Arthur Ashe Scholar during his career. He earned a Master of Arts in Teaching degree in Mathematics from Rice in 2008, while serving as a graduate assistant and video coordinator for the Owls basketball program.

"As I look back on the journey that has led me to Covenant, I am grateful for my experience as a college basketball player, and having had the privilege to serve, learn, and grow under many great coaching mentors. Collectively, these experiences have shaped and prepared me to be the head coach at Covenant."

Fostering a culture begins immediately for Culver as he has made building relationships with members of the program, and the larger community, a top priority. 

"My first priority is to come in and establish positive relationships with members of the basketball team, their families, and the campus community at large," Culver continued. "It is my goal to see each person in our program grow and mature spiritually, intellectually, and reach their full potential on the basketball court, and accomplishing this will begin with building quality relationships between players and coaches."

Culver and his wife, Julia, have three children: Teddy, Aaron and Annie.

Culver Facts:

Education:
Bachelor of Arts, Mathematics (Rice ’06)
Master of Arts in Teaching, Mathematics (Rice ’08)

Coaching Experience:
Rice University - Graduate Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach (2006-08)
Rosehill Christian School - Head Basketball Coach (2008-09)
The Kinkaid School - Assistant Basketball Coach (2009-13)
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi - Scholastic Coordinator and Video Coordinator (2013-14)
Wheaton College - Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach (2014-16)
Covenant College - Head Men's Basketball Coach (2016-Present) 

Year-by-Year Coaching Records (at Covenant):
2016-17: 14-12, 7-7 USA South
Overall: 14 wins, 12 losses in one season