Friends School of Baltimore athletic director, Kara Carlin, has been named as the Maryland State Athletic Directors Association District 10 Athletic Director of the Year. This will be the third time that Carlin has been honored with this distinction (2011, 2016, 2020). She is frequently recognized by students, coaches, and colleagues for her devotion to her craft, leadership on and off the field, and helping to infuse Quaker values into Friends’ robust athletic program.
“This is a well-deserved honor for Kara Carlin,” said Friends School Head, Matt Micciche. “Like a top-notch athlete, she brings effort, focus, and determination to every aspect of her work as an Athletic Director. As a consummate team player, Kara has shown the ability to bring together and work collaboratively with her fellow A.D.s who appreciate her many valuable contributions to both the IAAM and the MIAA. We’re proud of her accomplishments here at Friends and in the wider world of Maryland athletics.”
Carlin came to Friends in 2017 by way of St. Timothy’s School where she also served as athletic director and coached field hockey and lacrosse. She is an inducted member of the US Lacrosse’s Baltimore Chapter Hall of Fame, and has also served as the Israel Lacrosse National Team’s Head Coach.
Since her arrival at Friends, Carlin has been a driving force in shaping and expanding the school’s athletic program. Under her tenure, Friends School has won ten championships, seen a steady increase in athletic participation, and has had 39 student-athletes commit, sign, and play a wide range of sports at D1, D2, and D3 colleges and universities.
Despite the harsh limitations imposed on the sports world by a global pandemic, Carlin and her colleagues have come up with a number of creative ways to deliver physical education instruction and support student-athletes. For example, in the spring of 2020, Carlin designed and ran a widely popular virtual college signing event and virtual sports ceremony.
In the near future, Carlin is looking forward to cheering on both of her daughters— Friends School senior, Bryce, who will be playing field hockey at St.Mary’s College of MD, and sophomore Quinn, who plays on the Friends field hockey team as a starting goalie.