Razorback Softball Camps
Camp Coordinator / Assistant Coach
Sue Carpenter begins her fifth season as an assistant coach of the University of Arkansas softball team. Carpenter's responsibilities with the Razorbacks include overseeing the infielders, recruiting, scouting and coordinating camps. She came to Fayetteville after three seasons as an assistant coach for Mike Larabee at Wright State.
Over the past two seasons, Carpenter has helped Arkansas to consecutive NCAA appearances including back-to-back NCAA Regional finals against the No. 1 overall national seeds.
Carpenter has also helped spearhead the Razorbacks' recruiting efforts. The Razorbacks' most recent incoming class includes Sydney Wright who was named the 2013 Gatorade Florida Softball Player of the Year. The class also features Rachel Box, the 2012-13 Outstanding Player of the Year for the state of Arkansas by the Democrat-Gazette, and Loren Krzysko, an NFCA First-Team All-America selection from the state of Illinois.
During the 2013 season, the Razorbacks posted a 36-20 overall record and a 12-10 mark in Southeastern Conference play. The team was the No. 6 seed in the SEC Tournament and went on to a No. 2 seed in the Norman Regional of the NCAA Tournament. Kimmy Beasley, a 2011 recruit for Carpenter and the Razorbacks, earned a spot on the All-SEC Second Team for her work in the circle throughout the season.
In 2012, the team finished with a 29-28 record and 7-21 in conference play while making the program's first-ever appearance in an NCAA Regional final against No. 1 California. The season featured another first when Devon Wallace was named the SEC Freshman of the Year, the first such honor in program history.
Behind the coaching of Carpenter and Larabee, infielder Courtney Breault became the fourth Razorback in program history to garner SEC All-Freshman honors in 2010. The Roseville, Calif., native finished the season with a .313 average against SEC opponents. Breault drove in 20 of her 32 RBI during conference play and boasted a .943 fielding percentage during those games.
Also under the direction of Carpenter, senior Sandra Smith earned a spot on the SEC All-Defensive Team for her excellent play at third base. Smith finished conference play with 54 assists and a perfect fielding percentage in 78 chances.
During Carpenter's three years at Wright State, the Raiders made two NCAA Tournament appearances and won back-to-back Horizon League Tournament titles in 2007 and 2008. Carpenter's work with the infielders was put on display when Bridget Henry earned the all-tournament Defensive Award at first base during the Raiders' 2008 run to the conference tournament title. She also helped guide Jherica Williams to the program's first Horizon League Player of the Year award, also in 2008. Wright State went on to win 34 games, the second-most in program history, and record a .974 fielding percentage against conference opponents in 2009.
Carpenter began her coaching career as an assistant on the Cedarville College staff from 1987-89. Carpenter then spent five years on the coaching staff at Colville High School in Washington.
Following Colville, Carpenter began her career as a head coach at Cedarville High School in Ohio. After coaching for two years at Cedarville, Carpenter then served as the head coach at Cedarville University for seven seasons (2000-06) prior to joining the Wright State staff. She led the Lady Jacket softball program to four appearances in the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) Tournament and three appearances in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Region IX Tournament. In 2000, Cedarville was the NCCAA Midwest Region champions.
While a student-athlete at Cedarville College, Carpenter was a three-year letterwinner (1984-86) during her collegiate playing career. She was a member of the program's inaugural fast-pitch team in 1985 and was an All-Western Buckeye Collegiate Conference and All-NAIA District 22 shortstop during her final season in 1986.
Carpenter and her husband Kevin have two sons, Nick and Josh.
Volunteer Assistant Coach
University of Arkansas softball head coach Mike Larabee announced the addition of Camden Decker to his staff as a volunteer assistant in August 2013. He comes to Fayetteville as a current member and catcher for the USA Men's Fastpitch National Team and a consultant to current Chicago Cubs pitcher Michael Bowden. Decker will work with the Razorbacks' catchers and throw batting practice.
"We're excited to have Camden join our staff," Larabee said. "He brings experience as a player of both baseball and softball and as a coach where he's had the opportunity to work at the highest level with Major League Baseball. In addition to his past experiences, we're excited about the energy he'll bring to this team and our program."
Decker has spent the past 20 months as an assistant at the Doug Gillis International Fastpitch Institute. In that position, he helped in the instruction of pitching staffs at Evansville University and the University of Missouri. He has also instructed players at the Bulls/Sox Training Academy in Lisle, Ill., while also helping Bowden develop pitches and work on his mechanics.
The Lake Zurich, Ill., native was a two-year captain for the Waubonsee Community College baseball team where he was twice named an all-conference and all-region performer while leading Waubonsee to a seventh-place finish at the 2010 NJCAA Division III World Series. He then transferred Trinity International University, where he was a member of the baseball team, volunteer assistant for the softball team and earned his bachelor's degree in May 2013.