Chris Carlson enters his first season on the Pittsburgh basketball staff. Carlson joined the Panthers this past summer in the capacity of director of basketball operations. Carlson continues the Panthers' Northern Arizona connection. He served the prior three seasons as an assistant coach at NAU where he worked with the Lumberjacks' post players. Ben Howland and Jamie Dixon also coached at NAU before arriving at Pittsburgh. "I want to thank Coach Howland for this incredible opportunity," said Carlson. "These are exciting times not only for Pittsburgh basketball, but also for the athletic department as a whole. I am proud and very excited to be a part of that." "I am elated to have Chris on my staff," Howland said. "He brings an excellent background to Pittsburgh. His administrative skills and organization will be an asset for our program. We have worked together before and he knows my expectations. Chris left a job as the first assistant coach at NAU. I know he is really enthusiastic about coming to Pittsburgh and contributing to our program." Prior to Northern Arizona, Carlson served as an assistant coach at UC-Santa Barbara from 1994-98. He also served as an assistant from 1991-93 at Dos Pueblos High in Goleta, Calif. Carlson also boasts a wealth of administrative basketball experience. He has been a game management assistant at the National Association of Basketball Coaches Final Four All-Star Game for the last nine years and also worked three NCAA Tournament West Regionals. In addition, Carlson was an intern in the Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams media relations department. Carlson is a 1993 graduate of UC-Santa Barbara with a bachelor's degree in history. A native of San Diego, Calif., Carlson attended Helix High School where he earned all-league honors in basketball. Carlson is married to Karen Nance.
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