Track & Field

    Kate Carlson
    Kate  Carlson

    Pole Vault Coach


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    Kate Carlson begins her fourth season as the volunteer pole vault coach at USC.

    In her first season at USC, Carlson helped guide Brysun Stately to a new school record in the pole vault and to All-American honors. In addition, almost every athlete she worked with established a new career high, including Brandon Estrada (17-7, 9th all-time by a Trojan) and Derek Scott (17-3).

    In 2010 the results were even more impressive as Stately bettered her school record by clearing 14-0 feet and Estrada cleared 18-0.5 to tie for fourth on USC's all-time list and earned All-America honors by tying for fifth at the NCAA Championships. Carlson came to USC from Seattle Pacific where she was an assistant coach for the 2008 season.

    Prior to that, she served as a volunteer assistant jumps coach at Washington for three seasons (2004-07). While at Washington, Carlson coached five vaulters to All-America status, with one (Kate Soma) winning an NCAA title in the event.

    Carlson competed collegiately at Dartmouth where she had the second-best clearance all-time at the school. She graduated from Dartmouth with a degree in Psychology and earned her Masters in Intercollegiate Athletic Leadership from Washington. Carlson and her husband, Jonathan, have a daughter, Jordyn, born on July 12, 2010.

    All-Americans Coached By Kate Carlson at USC:

    Brysun Stately (2009)

    Brandon Estrada (2010)