Meet Quincy Carpenter

Apr 15, 2020 | Health, Human Performance and Recreation, In the News, Spotlight

Quincy Carpenter first saw the University of Arkansas through the eyes of a professor in Virginia.

Quincy was earning an undergraduate degree at Hampton University and the professor, Aaron Livingston, had attended camps at the U of A as a kid. Dr. Livingston loved the area and passed that sentiment down to Quincy. When it came time to pursue a master’s degree, Quincy dug deeper and found that the U of A had a great reputation in his chosen field: sport management.

“We’re a program on the rise,” he said. “Students can come in and get a lot of work experience, especially if they’re interested in the SEC.”

Quincy graduates from the U of A next month, and he already has a foot in the door to be a paid intern in a prestigious athletic department.

Quincy was thrilled to meet retired pro basketball player Tamika Catchings

To help build his sport management muscle, Quincy has taken advantage of the many opportunities for growth available in the department of Health, Human Performance and Recreation. He was among the first ambassadors chosen by the department to represent fellow students. He’s a listening ear among his peers and represents well the U of A to prospective students. Quincy gives tours of the HPER building, introduces potential students to athletic faculty members and familiarizes them with the program.

Quincy is also an ambassador for the International Studies program at the U of A and a leader in the Black Graduate Student Association, where he works with students and student athletes who might want to attend the U of A.

Quincy CarpenterHe enjoys the public relations aspect of his various positions at the U of A, such as his internship with the athletic marketing team. His gregarious nature is an asset, whether he’s meeting and greeting fans at sporting events or helping promote the university’s various sports teams.

“I like that I’ve been able to work in each sport,” he said. “I’m trying to get as much experience as possible, because the field is so competitive.”

Quincy’s long-term goal is to become a college athletic director.

Quincy says that the U of A’s Athletic Director Hunter Yurachek has been an inspiration to him. He also notes that athletic trainers get to positively influence the lives of young people, their communities and the state.

As a child of two military parents, Quincy moved around a lot as a kid. He doesn’t know where he’ll end up next, but Quincy said the roots he planted in Arkansas will forever pull him back.

“As of this moment, coming to the U of A has been the greatest decision I’ve ever made,” he said. “I’ll always be back. I’ll never forget where I came from. This is home.”

Has Quincy’s story piqued your interest in the sport management program at the U of A? Studies in recreation and sport management offer students numerous “hands-on” learning experiences, which is pivotal to future success. Advisors help students design an individualized program to help reach their career goals.