Head Coach Bob Carlson
Record at School/Years: 176-98-26 (.630)/16 seasons
Career Record: Same
The 2012 campaign marked Bob Carlson’s 16th season at the helm of the Carleton men’s soccer program. He has led the Knights to five MIAC regular-season titles in the last six years (2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, and 2012). The 2008 squad also captured the conference’s post-season title as well as the program’s first-ever trip to the NCAA Championships, where the Knights advanced to the “Sweet Sixteen.” The Knights made another NCAA Championships appearance in 2012 behind the work of All-Americans Branden McGarrity '16 and Neil Bartholomay '14. Head coach Bob Carlson was also named the 2012 MIAC Coach-of-the-Year, making this the third time his has received this honor.
The Knights have posted 13 winning seasons under Carlson, including a spectacular 86-24-11 record (.756) over the last six years. In comparison, Carleton posted only eight winning seasons in the 24 years prior to his arrival.
With an overall ledger of 176-98-26 during his first sixteen seasons at the helm, Carlson ranks first all-time at Carleton in both career victories and winning percentage (.630) among coaches with more than one season coached. His tenure has been marked by consistent play and strong finishes in the MIAC, perennially one of the strongest men's soccer conferences in all of NCAA Division III. For the past 16 years his team has earned NSCAA Team Academic awards, including three years in which the Knights posted the highest team grade point average in all of NCAA Division I, II and III.
The Knights have become nearly unbeatable at Bell Field under Carlson. Over the last six years Carleton has compiled a 47-11-7 record at home. In addition, under his direction, the Knights have gone an amazing 50-8-6 (.883) in MIAC play since Oct. 14, 2006.
A 1986 graduate of St. Olaf College, Carlson was a standout player for the Oles as a team captain, all-conference selection and four-year letterwinner. He helped St. Olaf capture the 1984 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) crown and an NCAA tournament bid, the first-ever for a MIAC institution. As a coach, Carlson returned to Minnesota in 1991 as an assistant at Gustavus Adolphus College. During his four-year tenure there, the Gusties won two conference championships and earned two NCAA tournament bids.
A native of Illinois, Carlson was an all-area soccer and basketball player at New Trier High School. He is married to Cathy Carlson, Associate Dean of Students at Carleton; the couple has a son, Sam, and a daughter, Emma.
Assistant Coach Joe Hartwell
The 2012 season was Joe Hartwell’s second as an assistant coach at Carleton, having previously spent five years at his alma mater Gustavus Adolphus College. He was a NSCAA First-Team All-American central defender for the Gusties in 2004. Hartwell scored five goals and added two assists in addition to anchoring a defense that yielded just four goals in 23 games during that campaign. He has served as a club coach at Dakota REV for several years.