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A Leader in Our Midst
andrew slade 12 former editorial associate
May 26, 2011

Although no longer playing on the 3rds lacrosse field, Cole Carpenter ’11 has had the incredible opportunity to make a greater impact on Deerfield’s athletics. The Scroll sat down with Carpenter to discuss his role as a student coach on his former team, and how he gives back to the community.

Scroll: What role do you play on the 3rds lacrosse team?

Carpenter: I’m the assistant coach and I focus heavily on helping out the defense, but really I just try to do whatever is needed.

Scroll: How did you get to be an assistant coach?

Carpenter: Well, I helped out the team last year while going through rehab on my knee and this year Coach Davis needed an extra coach. He asked me and I couldn’t turn down the opportunity.

Scroll: What have you learned?

Carpenter: Coaching doesn’t take a great depth of knowledge but more an attention to detail and ability to connect to your players. I know how to communicate with them and I think that’s indeterminately valuable. Working with other people and being a leader translates to everything.

Scroll: What was it like to transition from being an athlete to being a coach?

Carpenter: It was a new feeling, kind of strange at first. I try to make sure I’m as trustworthy as possible and helpful wherever the other coaches need it.

Scroll: What unique aspect do you contribute to the team? Carpenter: I’m very focused on details and I like to do my coaching mostly through one- on-one situations. I like to go up to a player and tell them where I think they need to make an adjustment. I get a little time to focus on them individually because I think that sticks more.

According to Carpenter, it makes a difference when students see their peer coaches in the hallway, in the Greer, or at the river.

The ancient Greeks had a meaning for the word arete, or excellence, which was the act of living up to one’s fullest potential. Carpenter believes that’s what sports here are teaching us.