Athletic director Bruce Baumgartner said Carlson will serve as the men’s and women’s track and field coach and will oversee the incoming cross country head coach. Edinboro will begin searching for a cross country coach soon, Baumgartner said.
Watts announced his retirement in April after coaching Edinboro’s running programs for the past 44 years.
Carlson has been an assistant women’s track and field coach at Edinboro since June 2011. She is a former Central Missouri All-American and won the pentathlon national championship in 2009.
“Obviously, Anne has some big shoes to fill,” Baumgartner said. “But we are supremely confident that she is a young coach with a bright future.”
Watts supported the choice of Carlson for the job.
“In the two short years she’s been here, Coach Anne has proven to be a superior technician and an excellent role model,” Watts said. “Having her inherit the program made it easy for me to pass the reins of this outstanding tradition of excellence to her.”