Men's Basketball
Mike Carpenter
Mike Carpenter
Title: Head Coach
Organization: Wabash Valley College
City: Mt. Carmel
State: IL
ZIP Code: 62863
Phone: 618-262-8641
Mike Carpenter begins his first season as Head Coach at Wabash Valley. He enters his 20th season coaching at the College level, during which time, he has coached at the NCAA Division I, NAIA, and Junior College levels.  He spent the last 7 seasons as the Head Coach at Danville Area Community College, where his teams won 139 games, including a 28-4 record in 2012-13.

In his 7 Seasons at Danville

Carpenter has Coached
2 Academic All-Americans
2 NJCAA All-Americans
3 Pre-Season All-Americans
12 All-Conference Selections 
10 All-Region Selections
4 Conference Freshmen of the Year
3 Conference Players of the Year

His Teams
139 Wins
1 NJCAA Final Four 
1 NJCAA Elite 8
2 Region Championships 
2 Conference Championship 
Ranked in Top 20 Polls for 6 consecutive seasons
School Records for Wins (28) and Consecutive games Won (17)

2008 and 2012 NJCAA District Coach of the Year 
2008 and 2012 Illinois Coaches Association Coach of the Year 
2012 and 2013 Conference Coach of the Year 
2013 Region 24 Coach of the Year

Carpenter has sent 42 sophomores on to 4 years universities in his 7 years as Head Coach, including 7 who have played professionally. 

Carpenter has been an Assistant Coach at Western Illinois University (NCAA Division I), University of Saint Francis (NAIA), and DACC. He was also twice named an Assistant Coach for the USA All-Star team.

In 2006-07, his first season as Danville Head Coach, the Jaguars broke several school records and finished the season with the most regular season wins in the past 5 yrs at Danville. They finished the season #3 in the Nation in 3 Pt Field Goal Percentage (41.1%), #19 in Team Field Goal Percentage (68.6%) and #25 in Team Field Goal Percentage (47.1%). The Jaguars also set a school record for highest Field Goal Percentage in a game with 72.8% vs. Lake Land College in a 106-56 victory. In addition, two Jaguar players broke school records in the up-tempo system – Anthony Ingram made the most 3 pointers in a game with 8, and Marcus Thomas connected on 47.8% of his 3 Point Field Goals.

In Coach Carpenter’s 2nd season - 2007-08 – his team won 24 games – which ties for 2nd all time at Danville for wins in a season. That team also won the Region 24 Championship and finished 4th at the NJCAA National Tournament, while Marcus Thomas finished his career the all time leader in 3 pointers made at DACC with 171.

During summer Carpenter keeps busy working basketball camps and speaking at Coaches clinics.. He is the Camp Director for the DACC Summer Camps and has traveled throughout the Midwest conducting shooting camps and clinics. Carpenter has also worked for former Indiana University Head Coach Bob Knight as a staff member of the Bob Knight Basketball School. Carpenter was also the Site Director for the state of Florida's largest team camp at Florida Southern College. He has also worked camps and Basketball clinics on the island of Antigua, and was the director of two camps in England.

He is originally from Linton, Indiana. He was a standout athlete in Basketball and Baseball earning 7 varsity letters and numerous all-conference and all-area awards. He was also named to the Southern Indiana All-Star team in baseball. He is the son of Bill and Diane Carpenter who reside in Linton, Indiana. 

Carpenter holds an Associate degree in Arts from Danville Area Community College, a Bachelor's degree in Physical Education and Social Studies from the University of Saint Francis, and is near completion of his master's degree in Sports Management.