Chris Carlson enters his fourth season on the UCLA staff as head coach Ben Howland's Director of Basketball Operations. Before coming to UCLA, Carlson served in the same capacity for two years (2002-03) at the University of Pittsburgh.
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 scheduling and recruiting.
"I'm very excited to have Chris on 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."
Carlson, from San Diego, joined the Pittsburgh staff in the summer of 2001 and has extensive experience as an administrator and coach. 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). Carlson then remained at NAU for two more years (1999-2001), where he worked with the Lumberjacks' post players, along with recruiting and scheduling.
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, 35, was also an assistant coach at Dos Pueblos High School in Goleta, Calif., from 1991-93.
His administrative basketball experience includes 12 years as a game management assistant at the National Association of Basketball Coaches All-Star game. 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 with a bachelor's degree in history. He attended La Mesa Helix HS where he earned All-League honors in basketball. Helix High School is also the home to Bruin basketball great Bill Walton and UCLA head football coach Karl Dorrell.
Born Dec. 5, 1969 in San Diego, Carlson is married to Karen Nance and they have two sons, Nicklas, born Nov. 5, 2002, and Charlie, born Oct. 1, 2005.