RENO, NV (Nevada Athletics) — Trake Carpenter has been named Nevada men’s golf coach, athletics director Stephanie Remby announced Friday.
“I am excited to welcome Trake to the Northern Nevada and Wolf Pack communities,” Remby said. “Trake’s approach to the game, his purposeful coaching style, and ability to recruit exceptional talent will cement the position of the Nevada men’s golf program. His success as head coach and assistant coach ideally positions Nevada to take the next step nationally.”
Carpenter takes the reins of a Nevada program that has made four consecutive NCAA regional appearances, most recently a Stockton Regional in 2022. The Pack finished in the top 10 in all 12 events last season, highlighted by a tie victory at the Husky Invitational in September and took second place at The Goodwin, hosted by Stanford, in March.
After serving as the Denver men’s golf coach in 2020-2021, Carpenter has worked independently as a performance coach for the past year. Working with elite juniors and hobbyists, Carpenter’s work included creating performance plans and developing strategic and mental gaming skills. He also worked as a boxer and coach for clients in the major junior and amateur leagues.
“I am grateful to be joining Wolfpack and having the opportunity to continue building on the program’s success in recent years,” said Carpenter. “I am excited to see Stephanie Rembe and Rhonda Bennett for the athletics and men’s golf program, along with the tremendous support from President Sandoval.
Nevada fans can expect to support a program whose players proudly compete for the league and those before them, never quitting until the final blow falls. I look forward to building relationships with alumni and the community that will help propel our program to the top of Mountain West and be nationally competitive.”
In his season in Denver (2020-21), Carpenter was named Summit League Coach of the Year after leading the Pioneers to the Conference title and NCAA Cle Elum (Washington) regional title. Regionally, the Pioneers only took one place shy of the program’s first NCAA berth in 61 years, finishing sixth in the three-day event.
The Pioneers cleared the rest of the field by eight strokes in the Summit League Championship, with three golfers from Denver finishing in the top five on the individual leaderboard. Each of these trio, Jackson Solm, John Sand, and Carson Griggs, earned All-Summit League recognition. Solim was named Top League Player of the Year as well as a first-team selection, with Sand and Griggs selected for the second-team.
Solim had a career year, under Carpenter’s career, with a career best average of 71.92, which included 13 rounds of equal teams or better, and two of the five bests.
Under Carpenter’s tutelage, the pioneers deployed five of the top 10 teams over the eight events in which they competed.
He spent one season (2019-20) as an assistant coach at Stanford, where he helped guide the Cardinals to three of the top six teams, with six different players coming together for seven singles finishes in the top ten.
Prior to his time at Stanford, Carpenter was an assistant for two seasons at Marquette. With the Golden Eagles, Carpenter handled Marquette’s recruitment, social media marketing, budgeting, and fundraising, and oversaw the strength and adaptation of the program. Carpenter and head coach Steve Bailey were named Coach of the Year for 2018 and 2019.
Carpenter played college golf at Ball State, where he earned a BA in Risk Management and Insurance in 2012. During his college career, Carpenter received honors from Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar and received the Ball State Yestingmeier Student-Athlete Award, Introduce to a male graduating golfer who exhibits outstanding sporting, academic, and community credentials.
After his time as a college student at Ball State, Carpenter coached at his alma mater from 2012-14, a stint under longtime coach Mike Flick that included an exciting surprise playoff at the Pullman Regional to send BSU to the NCAA tournaments.
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