Jon Carlson ’88

Alumni, Faculty, and Administrator

Head Women's Tennis Coach / Head Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving Coach in Athletics

Jon Carlson is entering his 24th season as the head coach of the men's swimming and diving team. The program, under the direction of Carlson, has emerged as both a conference power and a national contender.

In 2013, Carlson’s squad finished fourth at the MIAC Championships after registering a total of 526 points at the three-day event.   Prior to last season’s finish, the Gustavus men’s swimming and diving team had finished on the podium 19-straight years.  The Gusties have won seven MIAC Championships in Carlson’s tenure. 

Prior to 2000, the men's team finished second at the MIAC Championships six consecutive seasons. The Gusties have recorded team finishes at the NCAA Championships for fifteen consecutive years. The squad placed 28th in 1996, 18th in 1997, 22nd in 1998, 34th in 1999, 26th in 2000, 23rd in 2001, 30th in 2002, 29th in 2003, 9th in 2004, 7th in 2005, 11th in 2006, 5th in 2007, 12th in 2008, 15th in 2009, 23rd in 2010, and 24th in 2011.

Participation in swimming and diving has grown significantly since Carlson became the head coach in 1990. The squad's size has more than doubled for the men over the past decade. Carlson was named the MIAC Men's Coach of the Year in 2004 as well as in 2005 when Gustavus posted a seventh place finish at the NCAA Championships. He has coached 79 male swimmers who have earned 189 All-Conference honors and 26 male swimmers who have earned 88 All-America honors in eleven individual events and six relays.

Along with his duties directing the men's team, Carlson is also the head coach of the women's swimming and diving team and women's tennis team. He and his wife, Heidi, have three daughters, Calleigh, Grace, and Josie.

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Jon Carlson is entering his 24th season as the head coach of the Gustavus women's swimming and diving team. The women's swimming and diving program, under the direction of Carlson, has become a force at both the conference and national levels.

Last season, Carlson guided the Gustavus women’s swimming and diving team to its fourth-straight MIAC Championship after tallying 743 points over the three-day meet.  The Gusties have now won the conference title eight times in the past 12 seasons. 

Carlson was named the MIAC Women's Swimming Coach of the Year in 2002 and 2010 and coached the first All-Americans in the program's history in 2003. Under Carlson's direction, the Gusties have finished on the podium at the MIAC Championships 13-consecutive seasons.  He has coached 86 All-Conference female swimmers and 16 individuals who have earned 24 All-America honors during his time at Gustavus.

Participation in swimming and diving has grown significantly since Carlson became the head coach in 1991. The squad's size has doubled over the past ten years and now consistently accommodates over 50 student-athletes.

Along with his duties directing the women's swimming and diving team, Carlson is also the head coach of the men's swimming and diving team and the women's tennis team. Jon and his wife, Heidi, have three daughters, Calleigh, Grace, and Josie.

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Jon Carlson returns for his 24th year as head coach of the Gustavus Adolphus women's tennis team. Carlson has had a long and successful tenure directing the women's tennis program, as he has compiled a record of 504-158 overall and 227-4 in the MIAC in his 23 seasons as the head coach.

A 1988 graduate of Gustavus, Carlson served as a supervisor at the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy in Bradenton, Fla. from 1988-89 before returning to his alma mater to assume direction of the women's tennis program in 1990. In his first season at Gustavus, Carlson led his squad to the 1990 NCAA National Title and his squads have finished in the top four at the NCAA Championships five other times including second in 1991 and 1993, third in 1999, and fourth in 1992 and 1994.

Gustavus has won the MIAC title 20 times in Carlson's 23 seasons and earned NCAA Tournament bids in all but two seasons. He has earned MIAC Coach of the Year honors seven times (1994, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004 and 2010), and was named the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Division III Coach of the Year in 1994 and 2002.  In 2012, Gustavus saw its 20-year reign atop the MIAC come to an end with a 5-4 loss to Carleton in the regular season finale.  Prior to that season, Gustavus had tallied 214 straight wins within league play, a streak that dates back to the 1991 season. T he Gustavus women’s tennis team concluded the 2013 season with an overall record of 13-8 and an MIAC mark of 8-2, finishing third in the league standings. 

During the span of his tenure, Carlson has coached 47 separate athletes to 127 All-Conference honors and 18 individuals to 32 All-America honors, including two-time NCAA Division III Doubles Champions Tara Houlihan and Lyndsey Palen (2005, 2006).

Coach Carlson is active in the tennis community, serving as a member of the NCAA National Championship Committee including serving as the National Chair for Division III in 1997-98 and 1999-2000. He has also been an active member of the ITA, serving as the ITA National Awards Chair and on several other ITA regional committees.

Along with his duties directing the women's tennis team, Carlson is also the head coach of the men's and women's swimming and diving teams. Jon and his wife, Heidi, live in St. Peter with their three daughters, Calleigh, Grace, and Josie.

Education

B.A. Gustavus Adolphus College



    Courses Taught

    Current

    HES-102 (Beginning Tennis), HES-155 (Men's Swimming), HES-172 (Women's Tennis), HES-178 (Women's Swimming), and HES-277 (Women's Tennis Practicum)

    Past
    Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
    HES-178Women's Swimming302013/SP, 2012/SP, 2011/SP, 2010/SP, 2009/SP, 2008/SP, 2007/SP, 2006/SP, 2005/SP, 2004/SP, 2003/SP, 2002/SP, 2001/SP, 2000/SP, and 1999/SP
    HES-155Men's Swimming302013/SP, 2012/SP, 2011/SP, 2010/SP, 2009/SP, 2008/SP, 2007/SP, 2006/SP, 2005/SP, 2004/SP, 2003/SP, 2002/SP, 2001/SP, 2000/SP, and 1999/SP
    HES-172Women's Tennis282013/SP, 2012/SP, 2011/SP, 2010/SP, 2009/SP, 2007/SP, 2006/SP, 2005/SP, 2004/SP, 2003/SP, 2002/SP, 2001/SP, 2000/SP, and 1999/SP
    HES-274Swimming Practicum172013/FA, 2013/SP, 2012/FA, 2011/FA, 2010/FA, 2009/FA, 2008/FA, 2007/FA, 2006/FA, 2005/FA, 2004/FA, 2003/FA, 2002/FA, 2002/SP, 2001/FA, 2000/FA, and 1999/FA
    HES-102Beginning Tennis152014/JN, 2013/FA, 2013/SP, 2012/FA, 2000/FA, 1999/FA, and 1999/SP
    HES-277Women's Tennis Practicum152013/SP, 2012/SP, 2011/SP, 2010/SP, 2009/SP, 2008/SP, 2007/SP, 2006/SP, 2005/SP, 2005/JN, 2004/SP, 2003/SP, 2002/SP, 2001/SP, and 2000/SP
    HES-276Men's Tennis Practicum12002/FA

    Courses prior to Spring semester 1999 are not displayed.