Becky Carlson (@tfcoachcarlson) is in her 13th year at the helm of the Quinnipiac Women’s Rugby team, where she led the transition from a new varsity program into a three-time national champion. As the original head coach of the Quinnipiac women’s rugby team added in 2011, Carlson boasts an all-time record of 81–33-1 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.

Carlson is a graduate of the NCAA Coaches Academy’s Class #36 and the recipient of the 2015 Judy Sweet Award from the Academy. An author on issues in coaching and team culture development, Carlson’s most notable piece, “An Open Letter to the Athlete We Must Stop Recruiting” is currently one of the highest viewed articles on the business and networking platform, LinkedIn. Carlson has been a key advocate for women’s NCAA rugby and equality in athletics for over a decade. A fearless advocate for coaches at all levels Carlson’s mission outside of her coaching role at Quinnipiac continues to be education and advocacy in the area of supporting coaches and returning accountability and high standards to the responsibility of the student-athlete. To further this endeavor, Carlson is also a current student of the Tulane University law school. She is seeking a degree in Law specializing in Labor and Employment. Today we also speak about another article of hers on how college support staff are not properly trained to understand their roles in supporting coaches, and instead often undermine them. 

Click here for her open letter to the athlete we must stop recruiting. 

Here is the most recent article we spend a lot of time discussing.

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