NWAC Hall of Fame
Lower Columbia College
Class of 2016
Carol Carlson was hired at Lower Columbia College in 1987 after a 13 year career at Astoria High School where she served as head secretary and assistant to the athletic director.
While at LCC, Carol was a driving force behind the success of the Red Devil athletic program serving as program manager under Gary Earnest, Mickey Riley and Kirc Roland. Carlson also served a brief stint as the acting athletic director in 2001.
Carol was on the ground floor as the NWAC was born with the addition of the Oregon colleges. Her knowledge of the college athletic system was a great resource for NWAC Hall of Fame AD’s Maury Ray, Frank Bosone and Jerry Ward. Carol also worked with Jan Sweet of Mt. Hood, who is also in the Hall of Fame.
Carlson’s talent was shared with many new Program Manager’s. Carol was a go-to resource for any new hire in the NWAC.
Carlson served as an education planner at LCC and her budget expertise was outstanding. According to Roland, “Carol was the voice of reason and kept the business side of the program running smoothly.”
Carol was also the queen of the Stats Master. She was one of the first program managers to incorporate stats gathering into her job. She traveled with the team to keep accurate stats and many times was asked to serve as the official stats for the host school.
Carol retired in 2011 and that year was just the second non-athletic director to win the prestigious Dutch Triebwasser Award as the outstanding athletic administrator. Carol was loved and respected by her student/athletes, coaches, supervisors and colleagues.
Finally, she is a fan. A fan of the Red Devils and the NWAC as a whole.
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