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Matt Carpenter’s Dad Rick Wins National Coaching Honor

St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter is one proud son. He has every right to be.

Dad Rick Carpenter, baseball coach at Prosper (Texas) High School, has been named the 2014 National Coach of the Year in his sport by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Coaches Association. The elder Carpenter is one of 21 national winners, including boy’s and girl’s coaches in a wide variety of sports.

This past February, Carpenter, a Phys Ed teacher, won his 700th game as a prep coach and is now entering his eighth year at Prosper and 33rd year coaching overall. Before joining Prosper, located north of Dallas, he spent 15 seasons at Fort Bend Elkins, where his teams won nine district championships, six regional championships, three Texas state championships and, in 2002, a national championship.

Here is a local news piece celebrating win number 700.

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One Response to “Matt Carpenter’s Dad Rick Wins National Coaching Honor”

  1. JumboShrimp says:

    Great to salute Rick Carpenter for many years of developing baseball players and helping kids enjoy high school athletics. In addition to son Matt, his program at Ford Bend Elkins also produced first baseman James Loney and RHP Kip Wells, who went on to Baylor.
    Many if not most successful players owe their success to training and working hard at their craft. HIgh school, college, and minor league coaches contribute a great deal along the way;

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