Randy Carlson recently completed his sixth season as an assistant at The Citadel where he served as the team's hitting coach while working with the catchers.
Carlson is currectly the team director at the East Coast Baseball Academy (ECBA). He also conducts lessons and camps in West Ashley. During the Spring, he will serve as DP's area Scout in the Charleston area.
While at The Citadel, during his tenure as the hitting coach from 2009-2011, Carlson saw the Bulldogs set several program records on offense and saw the catchers excel defensively behind the plate. In addition, he has coached multiple draft picks that have left their mark in the school record books in Chris McGuiness, Richard Jones, Sonny Meade and Bryan Altman.
The Citadel catchers combined for a league-low five errors and a fielding percentage of .988 in the 2011 season. Meanwhile, opposing base runners were thrown out on 28 different occasions, second most in the SoCon. Freshman backstop Joe Jackson was named to the SoCon All-Freshman team along with third baseman Drew DeKerlegand as both first year players hit over .300 on the season.
In 2010, Carlson worked with All-Southern Conference second baseman and catcher Bryan Altman who racked up 70 RBI, third most in school history in a single season. He also worked with leadoff man Nick Orvin who broke into the top-10 in runs scored in a single season for the second consecutive year.
The 2009 Bulldogs ranked eighth in the country as a team in hits with 728, ranked 16th in doubles with 140 and ranked 19th with a .333 team average on the way to establishing new school records in hits and total bases. Sonny Meade, Richard Jones, Bryan Altman and Nick Orvin all entered the single-season top 10 list in hits in 2009 under Coach Carlson.
Bulldog catchers excelled behind the plate under Carlson's direction. In 2008, the catching staff led the Southern Conference in stolen bases against with a league-low mark of 45 SBA. The Bulldog catchers were second in the SoCon in fewest passed balls and had the third fewest amount of errors in the league.
In 2007, The Citadel backstops combined for a .989 fielding percentage, ranking them second in the Southern Conference. The past three seasons, Bulldog catchers have been ranked at the top or near the top of the Southern Conference, thanks to Carlson's guidance.
In 2007, true freshman Richard Jones received numerous accolades under Carlson's guidance, earning Freshman All-America accolades by Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball, Baseball America, Rivals.com and Ping! In addition, Jones was named the
Southern Conference Freshman of the Year while also being named All-Southern Conference and garnered All-Southern Conference Tournament Team accolades. Known primarily for his bat, Jones also had a stellar season behind the plate, ranking third in the SoCon as he gunned down over 30 percent of base runners attempting to steal.
A 2003 graduate of Lander University, Carlson was the assistant coach at his alma mater from 2003-05 where he worked with the catchers, outfielders and hitters. He also acted as first base coach and camp director.
In 2005, he coached a Lander team that reached the national ranks at No. 7, the Bearcats' highest ranking in school history. Carlson has also coached 22 players that went on to the professional ranks.
Carlson received a coach's award in 2001, and was named to the Peach Belt Conference Academic Honor Roll in 2001 and 2002 during his playing days at Lander. He was part of a Bearcat team that was ranked as high as ninth nationally in 2001. That same club finished the '01 season with a school record 33 wins, including a season-high 18 Peach Belt Conference victories. In every season in which Carlson was a player or coach, Lander was ranked among the top 30 in the country.
The Gerry, N.Y. native also played at Jamestown Community College, leading his team to the NJCAA Regionals in 1999. Carlson left his mark on the Jayhawk record books, ranking first in career walks, fourth in career triples, fifth in career at bats, ninth in career
runs scored and 10th in career hits.
Prior to coming to The Citadel, Carlson acted as head coach of the Wayne County Raptors of the New York Collegiate Baseball League in the summer of 2005.
A 1997 graduate of Cassadaga Valley Central School in Sinclairville, N.Y., Carlson is an active member of the American Baseball Coaches Association.