Ashley Carlson will begin her seventh year at Adrian College overall and second year as Director of Skating for the 2017-18 season. She returns as head coach for synchronized skating (Senior, Collegiate, Open Collegiate) and will advise the intercollegiate figure skating team in its sixth season.
Last season, the Bulldogs competed in the senior, collegiate, and open collegiate divisions. All three teams had outstanding seasons, with Open Collegiate earning the bronze medal at the 2017 Midwestern Synchronized Skating Championships, Collegiate placing a team-best fifth place at the U.S. Championships, and Senior representing Team USA for the second consecutive season (finishing fourth at the Leon Lurje Trophy in Sweden) and placing fifth at the U.S. Championships to tie a school record.
During the 2015-16 campaign, the Bulldogs added an open collegiate program to the existing senior and collegiate divisions in synchronized skating. All three teams excelled, with Open Collegiate earning a medal at every competition, Collegiate repeating as Midwestern pewter medalists and placing sixth 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. The Bulldogs also crowned four national champions and boasted numerous national medalists.
Carlson also advised the intercollegiate team to its fifth consecutive Midwestern Conference Championship. The team is now undefeated in its last 14 consecutive Midwestern competitions. The Bulldogs also crowned five national champions en route to its first team bronze medal at the 2017 U.S. Intercollegiate Team Championships.
Carlson holds a certified rating in synchronized skating with the Professional Skaters Association and is a Level V-ranked coach. As a skater, she has earned a U.S. Figure Skating Association (USFSA) gold medal in Moves in the Field, completed two gold dances, and passed intermediate freestyle.
Carlson holds a bachelor of arts degree in communication from Miami University of Ohio, where she graduated in 2008. She competed in synchronized skating and intercollegiate team skating with the RedHawks.