Peggy Carl, a veteran Division III coach and administrator with nearly 10 years of experience as a collegiate athletics director and over 30 years in collegiate athletics as a coach and administrator, joined Earlham College as interim director of athletics on February 2, 2018.
“Peggy has extensive experience in athletics administration and an affinity for excellent liberal arts colleges,” said Earlham President Alan Price at the time of Carl’s hiring. “I am pleased that she has agreed to join us and provide leadership to our Athletics program during this transitional period.”
"I am really thrilled to join the staff at Earlham College,” said Carl. “Earlham is so clearly positioned to enhance the student-athlete experience, and to be a part of that is truly exciting. It is evident that the staff is talented and hard-working. To be given the opportunity to lead such a great group of athletics professionals is both an honor and a privilege.”
“I want to thank Alan Price for extending me this opportunity and for welcoming me to the Earlham community. I am excited about and committed to making the Earlham College athletic experience the very best for all student-athletes, coaches and administrators," said Carl.
Carl served as director of athletics at Salem State University from 2015 to 2018, where she directed a 15-sport Division III athletics program with a commitment to enhancing the student-athlete experience. During her tenure at Salem State, the Vikings saw a steady improvement in the Smith Cup standings, representing overall athletics supremacy in the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC). Salem State student-athletes had retention and graduation rates that far exceeded the general student population.
While Carl was at Salem State, the Vikings earned the program’s first NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, and hosted MASCAC championships for men’s basketball, baseball, and men’s ice hockey.
Externally, Carl spearheaded new efforts in athletics development in cooperation with the university’s Institutional Advancement office, as well as new opportunities for corporate sponsorships. She also advanced the department’s community service efforts in partnership with the NCAA Division III commitment to the Special Olympics, as well as other sport-specific ways.
During a six-year stint as director of athletics at Beloit College from 2008 to 2014, Carl grew the athletics program with the addition of men’s and women’s lacrosse, while guiding the successful renovation of the Strong Stadium complex. She partnered with the institution’s development office to create the 1889 Council, an alumni group constituted specifically to support intercollegiate athletics.
Carl previously worked in a number of administrative capacities at Occidental College in Los Angeles, Calif., while serving as the head men’s and women’s swimming coach from 1990 to 2008. She was Occidental’s interim director of athletics during the 1999-2000 academic year, and was named the Tigers’ associate athletics director and senior woman administrator.
Her 18 years as Occidental’s swim coach produced one of the most successful swimming and diving programs in southern California. She coached Tiger swimmers and divers to numerous All-Conference and All-America honors, and mentored Jon Dohring to the one-meter and three-meter diving individual titles at the 2007 NCAA Division III Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships.
Well-known nationally in the world of swimming and diving, Carl has served on numerous NCAA committees and has helped to organize and facilitate scores of national championships.
From 2002 to 2004, she served as chair of the NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships Committee. In 1996, she was selected to be the logistics coordinator for the swimming competition at the Atlanta Olympic Games. In this capacity, she managed a crew of 20 and interfaced directly with USA Swimming officials as well as President Clinton’s Secret Service detail. Following her success in Atlanta, Carl was later selected to be the Field of Play Manager for the 2008 Olympic Swimming Team Trials in Long Beach, Calif., providing oversight and management to every aspect of the daily operations from security to logistics to the army of volunteers necessary to ensure a high level of success. Additionally, she has served as championships coordinator for numerous conference and NCAA national championship meets.
Carl earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education from Whittier College, where she was a SCIAC conference champion swimmer. She later earned an M.A. in kinesiology from the University of Minnesota and an M.B.A. from the University of California, Irvine.