Ashley Carlson
Ashley Carlson
Title: Head Coach
Phone: 517-265-5161 ext. 5008
Year: 3rd Season
Previous College: Miami, Ohio University (2008)

Ashley Carlson is currently in her third season as head coach at Adrian College for synchronized skating and is leading the intercollegiate figure skating team into its second season (inaugural season as a varsity program). 

In 2011-2012, the Bulldogs earned a season's best of 61.34, earning a Pewter Medal, at the 2012 Tri-State Synchronized Skating Championships. The team missed a national qualification by a margin of 1.6 points.

In 2012-2013, the Bulldogs moved up the ranks in the Collegiate division, besting University of Illinois at every event and Michigan State (at Mid-America) for the first time in history. The team also qualified for nationals for the very first time by placing sixth at Midwesterns and earning a season's best 57.64 points.  The Bulldogs were 2.92 points out of the bronze medal. The team capped off a successful season, placing 9th of 13 teams at its first appearance at the US Synchronized Skating Championships in the Collegiate division.

Carlson also led the squad in their debut at intercollegiate figure skating competitions, placing 5th of 16 at the Bronco Cup, 1st of 11 at the Hoosier Challenge, 1st of 16 at the Maize and Blue Matchup, and winning the Midwestern Conference overall. The team qualified for nationals in its inaugural season, placing 5th at the US Intercollegiate Team Skating Championships.          

Prior to her arrival at Adrian College, Carlson spent two years as the Director of Synchronized Skating at the Figure Skating Club of Cincinnati. She also spent one 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 a Private and Group Skating Instructor, while also serving as a Lead Instructor of the Cutting Edge’s Summer Figure Skating Camp.

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 (Ohio) University where she served as Team Captain for the undefeated 2008 Open Collegiate Midwestern Champion team. Carlson was also a three-time national intercollegiate freestyle competitor for Miami. 

Currently an active competitor, Carlson is in her fourth season with Crystallettes Adult. As an individual skater, she has earned a USFSA Gold medal in Moves in the Field, a Pre-Gold medal in Dance, and passed Intermediate Freestyle.

Carlson graduated from Miami in August of 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication.