Julie Davis Carlson enters her first season at the helm of the Anderson University’s women’s soccer program.
Davis Carlson is familiar with the Upstate, the state of South Carolina and the region after serving the past two seasons with the Clemson women’s soccer program. In addition to other responsibilities, she assisted with the Tigers’ day-to-day training and development, scouted opponents and analyzed game film, while serving as camp administrator for the Tiger Girls Soccer Camps.
She arrived in the Electric City after playing an integral part in the Tiger’s success the past two seasons, helping guide Clemson to 27 wins and back-to-back appearances in the NCAA Tournament. The Tigers advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament this past November, while posting an overall 14-4-2 record – marking the Orange and Purple’s most successful season since 2002. CU also claimed second place in the Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season standings and earned a 3-0 win over Furman for its first NCAA Tournament win since 2007.
Prior to coming to Clemson, Davis Carlson was the head coach at Jacksonville State for eight seasons (2005-13) after tackling the challenge of building the Virginia Military Institute women’s soccer program from scratch in 2002 and serving as the Keydet’s head coach from 2002-05.
While at Jacksonville State, Davis Carlson’s Gamecocks earned the Ohio Valley Conference Team Academic Achievement Award following the 2011-12 year for the most athletes with a 3.25 cumulative GPA or higher in women's soccer. Five players achieved a 4.0 GPA, while 19-of-26 players posted a 3.25 GPA or higher. Additionally, JSU women’s soccer ranked in the NCAA Division I Top-10 nationally with a 3.57 GPA.
Over her eight seasons at the helm of the JSU program seasons, Carlson's roster accumulated several OVC First and Second-Team All-Conference honors, OVC Players of the Week and an OVC Freshman of the Year.
Davis Carlson’s squads also received the National Soccer Coaches Athletic Association Academic Team Award during each of the eight seasons.
Davis Carlson served as an assistant coach at Arkansas-Fayetteville from 1999-2002 and Miami of Ohio from 1997-1999 and she has served on both the NCAA and NSCAA South Region Rankings Committees during her career.
Davis Carlson was the assistant coach of the Carolina Cobras 2016 WPSL team and she served as a Training Staff Coach for the Carolina Elite Soccer Association ECNL program.
In 2015, she was head coach of the U17 Girls CASA Challenge. After posting a 16-0 record and winning State Cup, the team qualified to move up in divisional play for the fall. They went on to go 4-3-1 and advanced to the quarterfinals of the division. They completed the season with a 6-4-2 record for 2015.The team posted a perfect 16-0 record in the fall of 2014, while claiming the 2014 SCYSA State Cup Championship after finishing as runners-up a year earlier. Davis Carlson has also worked as a staff coach with the US Soccer Region III Olympic Development Program, a program she was involved with since 2001. In addition, she also served as a USYSA state staff coach with the South Carolina Olympic Development Program, and previously served in that role with the Alabama ODP from 2006-10.
She also formerly served as Director of Coaching for the Clemson Anderson Soccer Alliance (CASA), where she oversaw the day-to-day organization management of the entire club, all coaching education and development and player training development, and coached two age-group teams – U14 Boys and U16 Girls.
Davis Carlson graduated from Wright State with a B.A. in Psychology and earned a M.S. in Sports Leadership, Parks & Recreation from Virginia Commonwealth. She holds an A License in coaching from the United States Soccer Federation as well as an NSCAA Premier Diploma.
Sheresides in Clemson, S.C. with her husband, Clint Carlson.