The Adrian College athletic department announced that Ashley Carlson has been hired as the new Synchronized Skating Head Coach. Adrian boasts one of only two school sponsored varsity programs in the nation.
"To me this a dream position and I am excited about the future of the Synchronized Skating program at Adrian," Carlson said. "Adrian has the potential to be a powerhouse in the collegiate skating world. It has the staff, facility and the administrative backing for it to rise to new heights. I am excited to be the new leader of the program and I will work longer and harder than anybody out there to make Adrian into one of the nation's elite skating programs."
Carlson joins the Bulldog Skating program after spending two years as the Director of Synchronized Skating at the Figure Skating Club of Cincinnati. She also spent the last year as the Assistant Director of Learn to Skate for the Indian Hill Winter Club located in Camp Dennison, Ohio.
Carlson also spent time as Private and Group Skating Instructor while also serving as a Head Instructor of the Cutting Edge's Summer Figure Skating Camp.
"We are excited to see what Ashley can do with our Synchronized Skating program," Athletic Director Mike Duffy said. "She has an extensive background in collegiate skating, including a national championship, and we look forward to her turning our program into one of the best in the country."
Prior to coaching, Carlson skated for the Crystallettes Adult team which won the 2009 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships. Carlson spent her collegiate career skating for the club team at Miami (OH) University where she served as Team Captain for the 2008 Open Collegiate Midwestern Champion team. Carlson was also a three-time national intercollegiate freestyle competitor for Miami.
During her skating career, Carlson was a seven-time national synchronized skating competitor and 12-time sectional competitor. Carlson has earned USFSA Gold medals in Moves in the Field, Pre-Gold Dance and Intermediate Freestyle.
Carlson graduated from Miami in August of 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication.