Coach Carlson enters her 8th year at the helm of the Quinnipiac Women's Rugby team in 2018-19, leading the transition from a new varsity program into a three-time national champion. Carlson has been a key advocate for women’s NCAA rugby and equality in athletics for over a decade. As the original head coach of the Quinnipiac women's rugby team added in 2011, Carlson boasts an all-time record of 68-19-1 including back-to-back-to-back Division I NIRA national championship titles in 2015, 2016 and 2017. Under Carlson’s tutelage the program has been to nationals 6 out of 7 seasons and named 13 All-Americans.
In Carlson’s first year as head coach in 2011, the Bobcats became the second Division I NCAA rugby program in NCAA history. Quinnipiac began as part of the Metropolitan New York Rugby Football Union (MetNY) before the name was changed to the Tri-State Rugby Conference in 2012. In their inaugural year, the Bobcats earned the program’s first victory at SUNY-New Paltz. Quinnipiac currently remains the only NCAA women’s rugby program in the nation to begin without a prior existing club program.
Carlson is also well known at The Fearless Coach, she is passionate about being a leader in not only Women's NCAA Rugby, but is concerned about the health and welfare of our coaching population. Fearless Coach is not legal advice but as a coach with experience in Title IX, unfair employment practices in athletics, leadership and expert in athlete behavior through DISC profiling Coach Carlson offers support on next steps and workshops. @TFCoachCarlson