Carlson joined Idaho basketball as Director of Operations in 2012 after a successful four-year collegiate playing career and two years as a coach.
His duties at Idaho include team travel, player development, fundraising, film exchange, management of the team’s Readers as Leaders program and community involvement, as well as other administrative duties.
Carlson came to Idaho from his alma mater, McLoughlin High School at Milton-Freewater, Ore., where he was head coach in 2011-12. He coached two all-league players and doubled the number of participants in the program in his one year with the team.
In 2009-10, he was an assistant coach at Walla Walla Community College, where he helped manage team travel, player development, fundraising and recruiting. The Warriors went 22-6 overall and 11-3 in the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges (NWAACC) to claim the East Region title.
An All-Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) selection in 2008-09, Carlson led the Sea Lions with 16.0 points and 7.7 rebounds. As a junior in 2007-08, he averaged 12 points and six rebounds per game.
He started his career at WWCC, where he earned First-Team All-East Region honors as a freshman. As a sophomore in 2006-07, he led WWCC to a school-record 25 wins and an East Region title He was named the NWAACC Most Valuable Player after leading the league with a 23.4 scoring average on 66.1 percent shooting and 8.5 rebounds per game.
Carlson is originally from Milton-Freewater, Ore. He was an all-league player at McLoughlin High School after averaging 24 points and 11 rebounds as a senior in 2005. He is a 2009 graduate of Point Loma Nazarene University with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology.