Ashley Carlson will begin her sixth year at Adrian College in a new role as Director of Skating with the start of the 2016-17 season. She will return as head coach for synchronized skating (Senior, Collegiate, Open Collegiate) and will advise the intercollegiate figure skating team in its fifth season.
Last season, the Bulldogs added an open collegiate program to the existing senior and collegiate divisions in synchronized skating. All three teams had outstanding seasons, with Open Collegiate earning a medal at every competition, Collegiate repeating as Midwestern pewter medalists and placing sixth for a school record at the U.S. Championships, and Senior representing Team USA at the Spring Cup in Italy where it was a team-record fifth place at the U.S. Championships.
Carlson also led the intercollegiate team to its fourth consecutive Midwestern Conference Championship. The team is now undefeated in its last 11 consecutive Midwestern competitions and is ranked fourth out of over 50 intercollegiate teams in the nation. The Bulldogs also crowned four national champions and boasted numerous national medalists in 2015-16.
Carlson holds a certified rating in synchronized skating with the Professional Skaters Association and is a Level IV-ranked coach.
As a skater, she has earned a U.S. Figure Skating Association (USFSA) gold medal in Moves in the Field, a pre-gold medal in dance, and passed intermediate freestyle.
Carlson holds a bachelor of arts degree in communication from Miami University of Ohio, where she graduated in 2008.