LITTLE ROCK — Episcopal Collegiate School has made official its leadership change.

Michael Carter, Conway Christian head football coach and athletic director for the last six years, is the Class 3A school's new head football coach and Upper School Dean of Students.

He replaces Richie Marsh, who will remain as the Wildcats’ head baseball coach.

"You always want to find the best people of character who are also talented coaches to work with and mentor your student-athletes," said Davario Hardy, director of athletics. "I’m thankful for the leadership Richie Marsh provided the past several years guiding our football program, and I’m excited with the addition of Michael Carter as our new head football coach.

"Michael has built success everywhere he has been. He has made an immediate impact in our community in building relationships and getting to know our students and faculty. We share a similar vision regarding the potential of Episcopal Collegiate football, and I look forward to supporting Michael as he grows the program."

Carter, a former Greenbrier and University of Central Arkansas standout, helped build a young Conway Christian athletic program as one of the best overall in Class 2A with most of its teams consistently making the postseson.

Carter, who has 24 years of coaching experience, including Clinton, Little Rock Christian and CCS, led the Eagles to the 2016 AA state pslayoffs , the 2015 AA semifinals. CCS was the 2014 2A-5 champion in making the playoffs that year and also the state playoffs in 2011-2013.

His led previous teams to the state playoffs in 2008 and 2004.

He served as president of Arkansas Football Coaches Association was the 2014 Coach of the Year in 5-2A. He earned 2007 Brayden Jones Memorial Award for Excellence in Coaching Award. He also received Conference Coach of the Year awards in 2004 and 1991.

He was named the 2A Athletic Director of the Year in 2012..

Episcopal Collegiate, a member of Mayflower’s conference, was 1-9 in football last season