Kara Carlson

Roger L. Burrus
Douglas D. Church


  • University of Iowa, B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication with Health and Sports Studies
  • Indiana Wesleyan, M.S. in Business Management

Professional Memberships

  • Women Leaders in Sports

Kara is the CCHA Collegiate Sports Law Practice Manager. She came to us from the NCAA National Office, where she worked in the Eligibility Center. During her 10 years at the NCAA, she focused on initial-eligibility issues related to amateurism and academics. She also worked closely with the Membership leading the Division I and II Membership Advisory Groups for the Eligibility Center. 

Kara spent two years at the University of Utah as the Assistant Registrar for Athletics Eligibility. While at Utah she was responsible for initial and transfer eligibility as well as APR. She assisted with other compliance related issues such as legislative relief waivers, student-athlete reinstatement matters, rules interpretations and provided NCAA rules education to student-athletes, coaches, and university staff. 

Kara earned her bachelor's degree in Journalism and Mass Communication with a minor in Sports and Health Studies from the University of Iowa and her master’s degree in Business Management from Indiana Wesleyan. 

Kara and her husband Dan live in Indianapolis with their kids Archie and Molly and their dog Sunny.