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August 12, 2022

Q&A with New Coaches Carpenter and Wolfe

Head Basketball Coach Remy Wolfe

Why is Avila special to you?

Avila is a hidden gem in Kansas City. I love that I’ll get the chance to get more people involved in the Avila community. It’s a great place to set students up for success academically and athletically.

What’s your background?

I grew up in Blue Springs, Missouri, where I attended Blue Springs South. I went to play basketball at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, played for three years there, and earned my BSBA in Marketing. I transferred to Truman State to play my last year of basketball with my younger sister Tiffany, where I earned my Master’s in Leadership with an emphasis in Coaching.

What is your on or off-court philosophy?

I want the girls who play for me to become better people, leaders, and athletes. College is a huge time of growth, and I want to be able to impact my girls in such a way that they are challenged but encouraged to become the best versions of themselves. 

What’s the most rewarding aspect of being a basketball coach?

The most rewarding aspect of being a coach is seeing your players succeed and grow. I got to see Matti Morgan transform her game at Avila the last three years, and she was rewarded with All-American honors and the conference player of the year award. Those moments are super special.

Baseball Head Coach Matt Carpenter

What brought you to Avila?

When I first came to Avila back in 2011, it was to coach alongside Coach Cronk, whom I had met a couple of years before. When he first became the Head Coach at AU, he offered me a chance to join him, and I jumped at the opportunity.  

What do you like about being an Avila Eagle? 

I have always loved being an Eagle. There seems to be such a family atmosphere and a closeness among the people that I encounter. I am sure that most people feel that about the university that they are a part of, but I really do feel that the connections here are unique.

How would your players describe you?

I think the players would describe me as patient but passionate. I think, and truly hope, that they would tell you that I care about them and want to see them succeed in ALL aspects of their lives. 

What’s the most rewarding aspect of being a baseball coach?

There are so many rewarding things about being a coach, but the best is seeing young men grow. Both in the game and out of the game, watching them take steps that you know are contributing to them being better men in the future.

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