April 18, 2003
Chris Carlson, who for the last two years was Ben Howland's Director of Operations at Pittsburgh, has rejoined the new Bruin head coach and will serve as Howland's Director of Operations for the UCLA men's basketball program.
Carlson, from San Diego, joined the Pitt staff in 2001. He has extensive experience as an administrator and coach. As Director of Operations for the Bruin men's basketball program, Carlson is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the program and serves as a liaison to the athletic administration and other school officials. Carlson additionally assists in coordinating the players' practice, game and daily schedules.
"I am very excited to have Chris join our staff at UCLA," Howland said. "He brings an excellent background to our Bruin program. I have known Chris since our days together at UCSB and his administrative and organizational skills are all at the highest level."
Before joining Howland at Pittsburgh, Carlson was on Howland's coaching staff at Northern Arizona for one season (1998-99, Howland left NAU after the 1998-99 season to take the Pittsburgh head coaching position) and then remained at NAU for two more years (1999-2001), where he worked with the Lumberjacks' post players.
Prior to Northern Arizona, Carlson served as an assistant coach at his alma mater, UC Santa Barbara, from 1994-98 (Howland was an assistant coach for the Gauchos from 1982-94).
Carlson, 33, was also an assistant coach at Dos Pueblos HS in Goleta from 1991-93.
His administrative basketball experience includes 10 years as a game management assistant at the National Association of Basketball Coaches All-Star game and Carlson has also worked four NCAA Tournament West Regionals. In addition, he was an intern in the Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams media relations department, a sports information assistant at UC Santa Barbara (1993-94) and a member of the 1994 FIFA World Cup media relations staff.
Carlson is a 1993 graduate of UC Santa Barbara and he attended La Mesa Helix HS where he earned All-League honors in basketball. Helix HS was also the home to Bruin basketball great Bill Walton and new UCLA head football coach Karl Dorrell.
Born Dec. 5, 1969 in San Diego, Carlson is married to Karen Nance.
"I feel very proud and privileged to be a part of the Bruin program," Carlson said. "I am very excited to have the opportunity to join Coach Howland here at UCLA and I look forward to the challenges that lie ahead."