It is with honor and respect that Prosper ISD announces the retirement of Prosper Head Baseball Coach and Texas baseball legend, Rick Carpenter. Carpenter has been been a coach for Prosper ISD since 2007 during which time he has coached the team to a playoff berth every year including a State Championship in 2015.
Carpenter is one of only two coaches in the state of Texas to have won State Championships at two different schools winning the titles for Elkins in 1995, 2002, and 2003 and Prosper in 2015. With an overall coaching record of 883-311-8, Carpenter’s .731 record puts him among the elite coaches in Texas.
During his coaching years, Carpenter has accumulated 29 playoff berths, 19 District Championships, 19 recognitions as District Coach of the year, and Coach of the year Recognitions from the Houston Chronicle, Dallas Morning News, Texas Sports Writers State Coach of the year, MLB Players State Coach of the year, Houston 5A Coach of the year, USA Today National Coach of the year, BCA District 6 Coach of the year, ABCA Regional Coach of the year and NFHS Texas Coach of the year .
Carpenter has been named to the Elkins Baseball Hall of Fame, Franklin High School Hall of Fame, Texas High School Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame and was recently named to be be a member of the Prosper ISD Athletic Hall of Honor. Carpenter has coached 34 professional players during his time as a Texas baseball coach including four Major League players: Kip Wells, James Loney, Chad Huffman and his son Matt Carpenter.
Carpenter retires with 40 years in education to enjoy retirement with his wife Tammie, 3 children and 3 grandchildren. Prosper ISD Athletic Director, Valerie Little spoke about Carpenter’s retirement saying “We have mixed emotions about seeing Coach Carpenter retire from Prosper ISD. We are very sad to see him go but also excited for him and his family and the time they will have to spend together in this next chapter. Coach Carpenter has impacted hundreds of lives while in this profession and his impact on Prosper ISD baseball and the District in general are immeasurable. We wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors and will miss him but know he will always be a part of Prosper Baseball”