Ashley Carlson will begin her eighth season at Adrian College as Director of Skating. She will return as head coach for synchronized skating (senior, collegiate, open collegiate) and will also coach the intercollegiate figure skating team in its seventh season.
In 2017-2018, the Bulldogs competed in the senior, collegiate and open collegiate divisions. All three teams had remarkable seasons, with Open Collegiate earning the pewter medal at the 2018 Midwestern Synchronized Skating Championships after an undefeated non-qualifying season, Collegiate earning a silver medal at the US Championships, and Senior representing Team USA for the third consecutive season by finishing fourth at Mozart Cup in Austria and winning a silver medal at Trophy D'Ecosse in Scotland.
Carlson also coached the intercollegiate team alongside Tricia DeFelice to its sixth consecutive Midwestern Conference Championship. The team is now undefeated in its last 17 consecutive Midwestern competitions and won its second consecutive bronze medal at the 2018 US Figure Skating Intercollegiate Championships. The Bulldogs also crowned six national champions in eight events and brought home numerous national medalists.
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 USFS Gold medal in Moves in the Field, has completed two Gold Dances, and passed Intermediate Freestyle.
Prior to Adrian, Carlson graduated from Miami University – Ohio--where she competed in synchronized skating and intercollegiate team skating--in August of 2008 with a bachelor of arts in communication.