Aug. 22, 2017
Trake Carpenter, whose golf skill set includes collegiate coaching and club professional experience, has been named assistant coach for the Marquette University men’s golf team by head coach Steve Bailey.
“Coach Bailey is a great influencer of young men and shares a lot of the same values and visions as coach [Mike] Fleck did during my time at Ball State,” Carpenter says. “The passion for impacting student athletes beyond the golf course is very important to the program's mission and I'm blessed to be trusted in that process.”
“We are thrilled and fortunate to have hired a coach that aligns so closely with our team values and brings a wealth of experience as a player and teacher,” Bailey says. “Trake’s passion to coach, coupled with his knowledge of the game, will make an immediate impact on our program.”
After graduating from Ball State in 2012, Carpenter spent three seasons as an assistant at his alma mater under Mike Fleck. He helped lead the Cardinals to the school’s first NCAA Men’s Golf Championship appearance in 2013 at Capital City Club in Atlanta, Georgia. To get there, Ball State advanced out of the NCAA Pullman (Wash.) Region with a playoff victory over San Diego State to earn a trip to the national championships.
Prior to his arrival at Marquette, Carpenter was the assistant golf professional at Ivanhoe Club in Mundelein, Illinois. He coordinated tournaments and oversaw day-to-day guest operations on the course.
Carpenter was a four-year player at Ball State. His collegiate highlights include career low round (67) and event scores (209) during his senior year in 2011-12, and he was co-medalist at the Gene Miranda Falcon Invitational. That season, he earned Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar honors and was the recipient of the Ball State Earl Yestingsmeier Student-Athlete Award, given to a graduating men’s golf senior who displays distinguished athletic, academic and community credentials. He earned Academic All-Mid-American Conference honors in 2011 and was named Ball State’s Most Improved Player in 2010.
Carpenter earned his B.S. in Risk Management and Insurance from Ball State in 2012.