Long-time Junction City football coach David Carpenter was selected for the Arkansas High School Coaches Association 2019 Hall of Fame class.
Carpenter’s class includes Fayetteville’s Vance Arnold, Dumas’ Van Holt, Lake Hamilton’s Karl Koonce, Marvell’s Ruby J. Marrow and Nashville’s Gary Segrest.
The class will be formally inducted on July 12 in Horner Hall at the Hot Springs Convention Center.
“It’s a great honor to get voted on by your peers to get selected to go in there. That’s the great thing about that,” Carpenter said. “I’m kind of lost for words on what to say about it. When you first start coaching, there’s all these things you think and want. You don’t think you’ll ever get to do anything like that. All of a sudden, at the end of your coaching career, you get an honor like that. That’s a great honor. It shows all your coaches and players, they’re the ones that did everything to get you in that position. So, it’s big time.”
Carpenter’s father, legendary Henderson State University coach Ralph “Sporty” Carpenter was inducted into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame.
“When you start off, going to all these banquets like I did with Dad, going to different Hall of Fame banquets, you sit and watch all of it. You think, man, that would be a great honor some day. That’s one of those things, but after doing that, you don’t think about it anymore,” said David Carpenter, who has been a coach for 38 years.
Before stepping down as the Dragons’ football coach, he led Junction City to six state championships. He also coached Junction City to two state track and field championships, seven Class 2A titles and two 3A titles in weightlifting and four overall weightlifting championships.
Carpenter is currently Junction City’s athletic director, head cross country coach and assistant coach in track and weightlifting.
“It’s a great honor. I appreciate everyone that voted for me to get to go in there,” he said.
“I also want to thank all the coaches I’ve worked with all through the years, especially all the players that played for us.
“They’re the ones that propelled me to get to go in there. I just happened to have head coach on the front end. Those are the ones that did all the work.”