The University of Montana Western head football coach B.J. Robertson has found his offensive coordinator for 2014. Coach Robertson has announced the hiring of Bruce Carpenter from Winona, Minn.
For the past three seasons Coach Carpenter has been the head coach at Cotter Schools in Winona. He has spent that time providing leadership for grades 7-12. While at Cotter Schools he taught physical education and was the Dean of Student Life.
Prior to becoming Cotter’s head coach Carpenter spent his first seven years as a coach at Winona State University. He began his career as a graduate assistant in 2003. During his time at Winona State the Warriors won four Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) titles. The Warriors offense has led the NSIC in passing efficiency, scoring offense, and total offense three times while coached by Carpenter. In addition the offense has also led the NSIC twice in pass offense. He has coached 11 players who have earned All-American honors and 65 all-conference honorees in his seven years with the Warriors.
As a player for Winona State he helped lead the Warriors to their first ever NCAA playoffs appearance in 2001. In 2002 he finished the season ranked first in passing average per game. For his career he threw for 4,436 yards to rank him eighth all-time in the NSIC. Along with being named a team captain he received all-region, all-district, and NSIC all-academic honors.
Carpenter graduated from Winona State with a degree in art education in 2003. He completed his Master’s degree in educational leadership from Winona State in 2006. He and his wife Jenny have two children, son Maize (5) and daughter Audrey (2.5).