• A seasoned A.D. and coach, Kara Carlin has been a Friends parent since 2007.

Off and running

Friends School is pleased to welcome its new Athletic Director Kara Carlin, effective July 1. She joins the Quaker Nation from St. Timothy’s School in Stevenson, Md., where since 2006 she served as A.D. and coached field hockey, lacrosse, and squash. Prior to that she served as head women’s lacrosse coach at Goucher College, and was an assistant lacrosse and field hockey coach at Bowdoin College.

“Kara brings exceptional leadership and energy to Friends School’s athletic program,” says Head of School Matt Micciche. “Her connections within the athletic community, at the local, regional, and national level, and her grounding in the School’s philosophy made her the ideal candidate.”

No stranger to the Friends community, Ms. Carlin and her husband, Josh Carlin, a longtime Upper School teacher and Coordinator of the University Partnership and Extra-Disciplinary Certificate Programs, have two daughters enrolled at the School.

Ms. Carlin is the incoming president of the I.A.A.M. (Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland), having served as its vice-president from 2015 to 2017. During that time she implemented such programs as the annual Leadership Symposium for student-athletes and coaches and, new this year, the “Character Coin,” to recognize varsity players who exhibit the highest ideals of fair play, integrity and respect on the field.

With the start of the fall pre-season already underway, she is excited to begin working directly with Friends’ coaches and students. “Together with the School’s exceptional coaching staff and supportive administration, I am confident we can build on the strong athletics foundation already in place and take the program to new heights,” she says.

Ms. Carlin is a graduate of Franklin and Marshall College (B.A., 1998) and Goucher College (M.Ed., athletic administration, 2004).

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