David Carlson arrives at Pitt after playing professionally in Denmark this past year. He played in the Danish Elite League, leading the team to a second-place finish.
A Minnesota native, Carlson played for Long Beach State for one season before transferring to Ball State (Beerman's alma mater as well) for his final three seasons. He graduated from Ball State in 2006 with a degree in economics and business. While there, Carlson was named an all-conference first team selection in 2006. Carlson was a four-time letterman as a setter. He additionally held a 3.4 grade-point average, earning first team all-academic honors from 2003-06. Outside of college competition, Carlson played in AVP beach volleyball tournaments during the summers.
While in Muncie, Ind., Carlson coached alongside legendary coach Wes Lyon for two years at Muncie Central High School, helping the team to the state title in 2004 and a third-place finish in 2005. Carlson served as the head coach of the freshman team and an assistant coach to the varsity team. He also coached the 18-and-under Asics Munciana team in 2004. Carlson has served on several camp coaching staffs including San Francisco, Ball State and Edina High School (Minn.).
Carlson has played club volleyball since age 10, traveling to Milwaukee and Chicago from his hometown in Minnesota for several years in high school.