Athletic Trainer named Campus Huddle Coach of the Year

WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  The Greater Dallas Fellowship of Christian Athletes recently honored Jaroy Carpenter as the 2011 Male Huddle Coach of the Year.

The award was presented during the annual FCA Coaches Appreciation and Leadership Dinner held at Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, featuring special guest Jon Kitna, a former quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys.

Currently, Carpenter serves as the Director of Sports Medicine and Head Athletic Trainer at Southwestern Assemblies of God University . He is also the campus FCA Huddle Leader and coordinates the Athlete Outreach Ministry for SAGU.

He joined the FCA as a Huddle Leader from 1983-1987 while at Greenville High School before doing the same at J.J. Pierce High School from 1987-1991.

While serving as a youth pastor at Calvary Temple (Irving, Tx) for over ten years, he continued to be involved on the campuses of the Irving Independent School District as well as encouraging his students to be involved with FCA. He also served on the Irving FCA Adult Chapter.

Carpenter: Campus Catalyst

In 2006, Jaroy joined the staff at SAGU. In spite of some challenges starting a para-church ministry on a Christian College campus, Carpenter made it happen!

SAGU has now become an active participant in FCA with Jaroy serving as a huddle leader known as a proponent for student leadership. Michael Hendon is among a handful of campus leaders who are students.

"We have a dedicated group of student-athletes at Southwestern who see the value of how FCA can benefit schools, the community and the greater Dallas area," Carpenter added.

FCA has so impacted him that he has volunteered countless hours beyond the local campus. For example, he has:

*Served as an athletic trainer and coordinated athletics and recreation for numerous FCA summer camps including Estes Park, Colorado, Texas A&M, Oklahoma State University, and Dallas Baptist University.

*Served in the same role for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Annual Weekend of Champions while recruiting numerous college athletes to serve as huddle leaders.

*Directed and coordinated leadership initiatives for the FCA's Night of Champions.

*Has served the local high school and middle school campuses, huddle coaches, and their groups (huddles) by making himself available as a speaker, resource, and a friend.

*Developed the Game Day Challenge interactive school assembly program that is promoted by FCA's in high schools and middle schools throughout the North Texas area.

He continues to maintain his own ministry, Solid Rock Resources, while working full-time with the SAGU Athletic Department and the FCA.

Carpenter lives in Midlothian with his wife Kim. Their family of five includes children Carli (15), Cade (12), and Corbin (10).

Scripture says that, “a servant is worthy of his hire." There is no dollar amount that could be given to match his commitment to FCA, to coaches, and athletes, it is a true description of Jaroy Carpenter to call him a servant.

Carpenter has said "This generation is looking for something to believe in. I want to give them Jesus they can see, answers they can trust, and a legacy they can leave."

Also recongized at the event was Rick Bowles, the Executive Director of the FCA; Danny Noah, Camp Director and Southwest Area Representitive; and Duke Preston, a spokesperson for One Way 2 Play - Drug Free.

Noah is a SAGU alum. Preston is a former player for both the Cowboys and the Buffalo Bills.

Article by Danny Noah, a graduate of SAGU and a staffer with the Greater Dallas FCA, with contributions from by Gina Godding.

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