Razorback Softball Camps
Sue Carpenter begins her sixth 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.
Head coach Mike Larabee has announced the addition of Randi Davis as an assistant coach for the University of Arkansas softball team. In her new role, she will serve as the Razorbacks’ pitching coach. Davis brings 12 years of previous softball experience including coaching at the NCAA Division I and III levels and Gold level, private instruction and consulting with various universities.
“We are very excited about bringing Randi into the program as our pitching coach,” Larabee said. “Through her work with other top-level programs and players, she has proven to be one of the top pitching minds in the sport and will definitely help take our team to the next level. After speaking with some of our student-athletes, I know they are fired up about having Randi be part of this team. She brings a great work ethic and passion for softball.”
In previous coaching and instruction positions, Davis worked with the highest level of softball pitchers from programs in the Southeastern Conference (SEC), Big 12, Big East and Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). She has also worked with top-level coaches from the SEC, Atlantic 10, Big Ten and Big 12 and an ESPN softball analyst for continuing education on pitching biomechanics.
Davis has provided biomechanical evaluation with a focus on increasing efficiency and velocity for pitchers that have played on the U.S. National Team and played professional softball in the United States and internationally. Her private instruction role also includes working with recruits who will be playing or are now playing for programs within the SEC, Big 12, Big Ten and Missouri Valley Conference.
Having earned a Doctor of Chiropractic degree at Logan College, Davis has integrated the medical profession into her coaching experience to successfully design and implement training regiments for NCAA programs that have produced a Women’s College World Series title and multiple All-American and all-region pitchers. She has hosted symposiums to teach athletics trainers, coaches and physicians about injury patterns for softball pitchers.
Davis joins the Razorbacks’ coaching staff that includes Larabee and assistant coach Sue Carpenter, both entering their sixth seasons in Fayetteville.
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