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WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Coach Chris Carlson announces retirement


North Idaho College's Chris Carlson, announced his retirement at the end of the season on Monday, Feb. 24. Carlson is currently in his 16th season as head coach of the women's basketball team.

Over Carlson's career at NIC he has averaged 22 wins a year, tallying an impressive 354-158 record. In 2011 the Cardinals won the NJCAA Championship in Salina, Kansas, where Carlson was named the National Tournament Coach of the Year. He was also named the NJCAA Association District M Coach of the Year in 2009, 2010, and 2011. In 2009 and 2011 Carlson was named the North Idaho Regional Coach of the Year for all college levels. In 2006 and 2012 he was named SWAC Coach of the Year.

Carlson has led his teams to the NJCAA national championships five times and captured the Scenic West Athletic Conference tournament championship in 2009, 2010, and 2011. The Cardinals also won the regular season championships in 2006, 2012, and 2013. Since NIC joined the NWAC in 2016, Carlson has led the Cards to the NWAC Championship tournament in 2018, 2019, and 2020.

Carlson's Lady Cardinals have earned a team GPA over 3.0 in 13 of his last 15 coaching seasons. NIC has placed 60 players into four-year institutions, 18 of which with Division I scholarships.

Impacting the youth of our community has been one of Carlson's top priorities. He founded North Idaho Elite, a youth basketball club originally working with high school girls. His teams have won or placed high in the elite division of several prestigious national tournaments and helped place dozens of local players into collegiate programs at all levels.

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