The Warriors’ Steve Kerr went out of his way to pick the brain of Bill Parcells in preparation for a future in coaching, and in his quest for knowledge, he turned to another Super Bowl-winning coach in Pete Carroll on Wednesday.
According to Seahawks.com, Kerr attended Seattle’s training camp in Renton, Wash. in order to “soak in Carroll’s coaching philosophy” before his first season as Warriors coach.
“As a young coach I just like to see people at work,” Kerr told Seahawks.com. “And Pete obviously is one of the best. He’s one of the most intriguing people that I’ve met and that I’ve sort of watched over the years as a football fan.
“I’m thankful that he gave me the opportunity to come visit with him.”
Kerr, who might raise eyebrows in the Bay Area by visiting with Jim Harbaugh’s archrival, is well aware of the history between the 49ers coach and Carroll judging from his tweet on the night of the Seahawks’ 43-8 Super Bowl win.
“As Pete Carroll keeps throwing the ball in an attempt to get to 50 pts, somewhere Jim Harbaugh is watching saying ‘what’s your deal?.’” Kerr joked in the tweet.
Carroll, who goes by the motto, “Always Compete,” gave Kerr a close look at his style of coaching. At the start of a team meeting, Carroll broke the ice by pitting wide receiver Bryan Walters in a free throw shooting contest against Kerr, the NBA’s all-time leader in career 3-point shooting percentage.
In the contest to see who could make more shots on a recreational hoop in 30 seconds, Kerr lost 6-4.
“I was more nervous for that moment than I was when I played in the NBA.” Kerr told the website. “It was so cool to be amongst the Seahawks with coach Carroll calling me up. It was almost surreal.”