By Tim Chambers
Cloudland basketball has enjoyed some banner seasons over the past decade and one “Carpenter” has helped build it from ground up. The Highlanders have made two state tournament appearances under head coach Brandon Carpenter and reached the sub-state last season since he took over the head coaching reigns in 2010.
But after three years at the helm, “Carp” is stepping down to take the principal job at Hunter Elementary School.
The 35-year old Carpenter landed at Cloudland 12 seasons ago. He, along with current Hampton High School head coach Ned Smith, helped build the program into one of state’s elite among Class A schools in boys’ basketball.
Leaving Roan Mountain was a difficult decision for Carpenter but the move allows him to be closer home. He stated that it was one of the most difficult decisions that he’s ever had to make as an administrator.
“It’s a family decision, said Carpenter. It has nothing to do with coaching. I am leaving one great opportunity and going on to another one. It’s something I felt led to do for me and my family. I love the Roan Mountain and the time I spent there. But I’m very excited about going to Hunter and becoming the principal. It’s a great career move for me.”