Carlson enters her fourth year at the helm of the Quinnipiac women’s rugby team after leading the transition into becoming one of the most dominant programs in the country. She currently occupies a 28-9-1 record in three years as head coach. In Carlson’s first year in 2011, the Bobcats became the second Division I program in NCAA history. Quinnipiac began as part of the Metropolitan New York Rugby Football Union (MetNY) before the name was changed to the Tri-State Rugby Conference in 2012. In their inaugural year, the Bobcats finished 3-6-1 overall which included the program’s first victory at SUNY-New Paltz.
In the 2012-13 season, Carlson led the Bobcats to a 15-1 overall record and undefeated in the regular season at 12-0. Quinnipiac was named the Tri-State Conference Champions after a 22-14 win over Albany and received a bid to the national tournament in Stanford, California. The Bobcats defeated the Temple Owls in a 44-0 shutout before taking down Lee University and Appalachian State. In the semifinals, Quinnipiac suffered their first loss of the season at the hands of Winona State, but would bounce back to defeat the University of Buffalo in the third place game.
Last season, the Bobcats joined the Northeast Conference and finished 10-3 overall, including six consecutive wins to close at the regular season. Quinnipiac outscored their opponents 567-to-200 across its 13 regular-season contests, with a season-high 94 points coming against the University of Massachusetts. After going 9-2 overall in the regular season and 4-2 in Northeast Conference action, the Bobcats saw themselves atop the conference standings. Quinnipiac received a bid to the American Collegiate Rugby Association (ACRA) National Tournament because of their highly competitive and demanding regular season schedule. The No. 3 Bobcats pulled No. 10 Boston University in the round of 16 before outlasting the Terriers 59-15 en route to a birth in the quarterfinals against Navy. Quinnipiac saw their campaign come to an end with a hard fought 28-5 loss against the Midshipman.
Quinnipiac Director of Athletics and Recreation Jack McDonald has announced that Becky Carlson has been hired as the University's women's rugby head coach. Carlson comes to Quinnipiac from USA Rugby where she worked as an Emerging Sports program manager.
"Becky Carlson brings a wealth of experience to Quinnipiac as a multi-sport student-athlete and a true pioneer and champion of NCAA Varsity Women's Rugby," Mcdonald said. "Her experiences as a women's rugby student-athlete and assistant coach at Eastern Illinois and USA Rugby make her perfect fit to lead the women's rugby program at Quinnipiac."
Carlson has been at the forefront of the women's rugby movement over recent years. As USA Rugby's Emerging Sports Program Manager, Carlson conducted research and developed plans for more than 30 prospective NCAA institutions who would potentially add women's rugby to their athletic program. Carlson also used her extensive multimedia background in developing promotional materials to be used alongside the NCAA national office, the NFHSA and to NCAA athletic directors.
From 2004 through 2006, before joining USA Rugby, Carlson was an assistant coach with the Eastern Illinois University women's rugby team. In that role, she assisted in all operational facets of the team including travel, practice and game-day management as well as film editing and analysis as well as student-athlete development. She previously worked at Ferrum College as a women's lacrosse and women's soccer assistant coach in 2004.
A former student-athlete herself, Carlson played women's rugby and women's tennis at Eastern Illinois. As a member of the rugby team, Carlson won the 1999 Strength and Conditioning award and was awarded the Panther Award for All-Around Student-Athlete. As a member of the women's tennis team, Carlson played at #1 and #2 singles and #1 and #3 doubles. A two-year captain in 2002 and 2003, she earned the team's Strength and Conditioning Award three times.
Carlson graduated from Eastern Illinois with a bachelor's degree in journalism and a minor in public relations in 2004 and also completed work on a master's degree in physical education/sports administration from Eastern Illinois in 2006.