RICHMOND, Ind. – 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, has been named interim
director of athletics for Earlham College. 


Carl, who had previously served as the athletics director at Salem State University
(Mass.) and Beloit College and was most recently doing consulting work for the North
Coast Athletic Conference, began her duties at Earlham on Friday, Feb. 2. 


“Peggy has extensive experience in athletics administration and an affinity for
excellent liberal arts colleges,” said Earlham President Alan Price. “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 her six years at Beloit College, 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. 


A national search for a permanent director of athletics will commence in the coming
months.