Chris Carr took over as the Star Tribune’s assistant managing editor for Sports on Monday, becoming the leader of a sports section routinely recognized as among the best in the nation.

“There are 40-some journalists who make up our Star Tribune Sports team, and their ambition makes our coverage excellent,” Carr said. “Many of these journalists also have spent a lot of time over the years helping me grow as an editor and a leader. I’m honored and excited to pay some of that back and be the best leader I can be for this special group.”

Said Star Tribune Editor Rene Sanchez said in announcing Carr’s promotion: “His boundless enthusiasm and creativity, his digital fervor and his deep hometown knowledge of every level of Minnesota sports — pro, college and preps — will surely keep our coverage compelling and innovative.”

Carr, 42, has spent the past 18 years at the Star Tribune, the past five as a deputy sports editor with a focus on Gophers athletics programs and digital initiatives. He was hired in 2000 as a Sports designer and coordinator for daily and Sunday sections, spending nine years in that role before becoming presentation director for the newsroom.

A Richfield native, Carr is a graduate of Eden Prairie High School and the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He began his journalism career with stops that included the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Charlotte Observer and an internship at the Washington Post.

He takes over for Glen Crevier, who retired last month following a 20-year run at the Star Tribune.

“Our readership tells us every week how much passion it has for Minnesota sports, so constantly ambitious coverage is a necessity,” Sanchez said. “We are quite confident that Chris will build on the legacy of excellence.”