Skyhawk Golf | Jerry Carpenter - Head Coach
Jerry Carpenter assumed the head coaching position of the Skyhawk golf program after long-time head coach Grover Page retired following the 2001-02 season. Carpenter is only the second head coach that UT Martin has had in its storied history.
Carpenter has helped lead the Skyhawk program back to the top of the Ohio Valley Conference in recent years. Coinciding with the addition of the state-of-the-art Rhodes Golf Center on campus, Carpenter's teams have won six tournaments in the last three years and ranked fifth nationally in fairways hit for the 2012-13 season.
After helping guide UT Martin to the top scoring average (292.35) in the OVC in 2013-14, Carpenter was named OVC Coach of the Year by his head coaching peers, becoming the first UT Martin representative to garner the league's top coaching accolade. He recruited the OVC Freshman of the Year in three straight seasons (Ben Reeves in 2013, Austin Swafford in 2014, Hunter Richardson in 2015), resulting in UT Martin becoming the first program in OVC history to produce three consecutive Freshman of the Year honorees.
Carpenter oversaw a historic 2014-15 season, as Brendon Caballero became the first Skyhawk to earn All-OVC honors in three different seasons. Caballero also won the OVC Tournament and in the process became the first UT Martin golfer in the Division-I era (since 1992) to take part in the NCAA Regionals. Caballero earned OVC medalist honors with a 211 (-5) to advance to the NCAA Regionals at the UNC Finley Golf Course in Chapel Hill, NC.
In addition to its accomplishments on the links, UT Martin also earned the OVC Team Sportsmanship Award in 2014-15, marking the second consecutive season that the Skyhawks brought home that honor.
Carpenter is a west Tennessee native who attended nearby Newbern High School and is a University of Tennessee at Martin graduate.
Prior to assuming his current position, Carpenter served as the manager of the university bookstore for 34 years.
Carpenter served as a volunteer assistant coach under Page during the 2001-02 season and also has four years experience working with competitive golf on the high school level.
Carpenter is also a registered Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association official for football and basketball and has been officiating for over 35 years. He served for over 25 years as an official at the junior college and NAIA level of college basketball along with calling men's and women's basketball games in the OVC for 10 years.
Carpenter is a 1986 recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from the National Federation of High School Athletics for contributions in officiating at the high school level. He also received the Distinguished Service Award from the TSSAA in 1988.
Carpenter was recognized in the 1998-99 season as the Official of the Year by the TSSAA and was given the 2000 Outstanding Employee Award from UT Martin.
Most recently, Carpenter was inducted into the TSSAA Hall of Fame for his days as an official.
Carpenter is married to the former Linda Scates and they have two children; daughter Dana Evans and son Scott Carpenter.