PLYMOUTH, N.H. - One of Plymouth State College's veteran head coaches has announced his resignation, effective at the end of the school year.
Panther wrestling coach Dave Carlson has decided to step down after seven successful seasons on the job. A native of Minnesota, Carlson will be relocating back to the Midwest for family reasons.
"I am thankful for having the opportunity to work with so many fine young men," said Carlson, a two-time New England Coach of the Year who led the Panthers to a 68-45-1 record in dual matches. "Each one of them made an immeasurable impact on me and I felt privileged to be their coach."
Plymouth State boasted one of the region's top wrestling programs under Carlson, winning the New England title in 1996 and finishing runner-up in 1999. PSC captured nine individual New England championships under Carlson and qualified 12 wrestlers for the NCAA Division III Championships. Carlson produced 39 All-Conference selections and five All-Americans as well as six National All-Scholar Wrestling Team honorees.
"My experience at PSC has been wonderful and will always be a fond memory for me," said Carlson. "I would also like to thank the support staff. Without their efforts, coaching at PSC would never have been possible for me."
The Panthers finished 17th at the 1998 NCAA Championships under Carlson, the highest finish in school history, and he was the New England Coach of the Year in 1996 and 1999.
PSC athletic director John P. Clark said the entire PSC community will feel the impact of Carlson's departure. "Dave has been a real asset to Plymouth State," said Clark. "He's dedicated, he's professional, and he's contributed so much, not just to the department, but to the institution and the whole community. We're sorry to see him go, and he will be greatly missed. We wish both he and his wife April, who has been our assistant women's volleyball coach the past two years, nothing but the best."
Carlson was a three-time NCAA national qualifier for Wisconsin-Stevens Point from 1990-94, where he compiled a 116-50 overall record. He also served as an assistant wrestling coach for a year at Wisconsin-River Falls before coming to PSC in 1995. Carlson, who received his undergraduate degree from Stevens Point in 1994 and his Master's degree from PSC in 1999, has also been a science teacher at Plymouth Regional High School since 1995.