Jordan Carpenter is in his third year with the Pomona-Pitzer Men’s Cross Country and Track and Field Program, and his second as the head coach of both programs.
In his first season leading the program, Carpenter guided the Sagehens to their best XC season in program history. In 2017, the Sagehens won their first SCIAC Conference title since 2005. The Hens then went on to win the NCAA West Region title, and ended the season with a program best 6th place finish at the NCAA National Cross CountryChampionships. In this historic season, the Sagehens had eight athletes earn All-SCIAC honors, six earn All-West Region honors, and two runners earn All-American honors. Carpenter was honored with selections as the SCIAC Conference Coach of the year and as the NCAA West Region Coach of the year for 2017. He followed up by leading the Track and Field team to their first SCIAC title in 27 years, with 10 athletes taking All-Region in 15 events and 13 All-SCIAC honors. He also won SCIAC Coach of the Year for the Track & Field season.
The Sagehens have continued their winning ways in Carpenter’s second season leading the program. The Hens brought home both the SCIAC and NCAA West Region titles for the second straight season. At the NCAA Championship the Hens posted their second straight top-10 finish, a first in program history. The 2018 season saw seven athletes earn All-SCIAC Honors, seven earn All-West Region honors, and Andy Reischling finished 3rd overall at the NCAA Championship meet, the highest individual finish in program history. Carpenter was again honored with selections as the SCIAC Conference Coach of the year and as the NCAA West Region Coach of the year in 2018, marking back-to-back selections for both honors.
Prior to joining Pomona-Pitzer, Carpenter was a Graduate Assistant Coach while working on his M.B.A. at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. Carpenter earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh in 2014 with a major in Economics. Demonstrating his commitment to academic and athletic excellence, Carpenter maintained a perfect grade point average during his undergraduate years and was a two-time recipient of the NCAA Elite 90 Academic Award. As an athlete, Carpenter earned three All-American awards in cross country (1) and track and field (2); capping off his competitive career with a conference championship (WIAC) and runner-up finish at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships in the 3000m Steeplechase.
A native of Green Bay, Wisconsin, Coach Carpenter remains an avid runner and enjoys going on runs with his team. Carpenter has continued his education within the sport and is recognized by USA Track and Field as an Elite Level Endurance Coach, holding both Level I and Level II certifications in the endurance events.