Kate Carlson enters her second season as a volunteer asssistant coach at Washington, where she works with the Husky vaulters.
Carlson's first year at UW, in 2005, saw Washington turn out the finest women's vault unit in NCAA history. Senior Kate Soma won the 2005 NCAA title outdoors and was the runner-up indoors, while achieving a vault of 14 feet, 3 1/2 inches that ranks seventh in NCAA history.
Furthermore, five different UW vaulters earned NCAA Championships berths, including four each indoors and outdoors, all NCAA records. Soma captured two All-America honors, while juniors Carly Dockendorf (sixth outdoors) and Ashley Wildhaber (fifth indoors) each took home All-America hardware as well.
Carlson came to UW directly from Dartmouth College, where she ranks second all-time in the pole vault. Carlson did not begin vaulting until her junior year, having rowed for the Dartmouth crew in each of her first two seasons.
Carlson earned her bachelor's degree in psychology from Dartmouth in 2004, with a minor in education. She and her husband, Jonathan, were married in 2004.