Bob Carlson Endowment Honors Memory Of Former YSU Basketball Player

Mary Ann Carlson and her family were honored at the YSU men's basketball game vs. Robert Morris.
Mary Ann Carlson and her family were honored at the YSU men's basketball game vs. Robert Morris.

The Youngstown State University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics is pleased to announce the Bob Carlson Scholarship to enhance the YSU Athletics Scholarship Endowment Fund.

The scholarship was established this fall by Mary Ann Carlson, Bob Carlson’s wife of nearly 30 years. The Carlson family was honored during the YSU men’s basketball game against Robert Morris on Nov. 29.

Carlson was a graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School and excelled on the basketball court as a two-time, first-team all-city basketball player. He was recruited to Youngstown State University where he was a four-year letterwinner under legendary coach Dom Rosselli.

In his four years at YSU from 1973-77, Carlson played in 111 games scoring 678 points, grabbing 284 rebounds while dishing out 163 assists. As a senior in 1976-77, he helped the Penguins win 22 games and a spot in the Great Lakes Regional. YSU also advanced to the Regional in 1974-75 posting a 19-9 mark. That season was the best of Carlson’s career as he scored 260 points, averaging 9.3 per contest. As a junior he had 233 points and a career-best 117 rebounds.

Carlson earned two degrees from Youngstown State which led to a 35-year teaching career at Campbell Memorial High School. He was also the basketball coach at Campbell, where he led the Red Devils to numerous successful seasons and later went on to be an assistant boys’ basketball coach at Boardman High School.

His coaching career ended with the eighth-grade girls at Boardman Center Middle School. He spent his life mentoring, motivating, encouraging and educating young people and did so with the utmost integrity every day of his life. His memory lives on in the lives he touched through his loyal and loving spirit by those that loved and admired him.

Preference for the scholarship endowment will go to a student-athlete from Boardman or Campbell High School or a student-athlete majoring in education who is a member of the men’s or women’s basketball team at YSU.

"The Carlson family is happy to endow the Bob Carlson Scholarship to keep his memory alive,” Mary Ann Carlson said. “He will always be remembered as a kind, loving husband, father, teacher, coach and mentor who lived life with integrity each and every day."

Paul McFadden, President of the YSU Foundation, said Carlson was admired throughout the Mahoning Valley and the YSU community.

“Bob was a very prideful graduate and was very well respected by all of us at YSU,” McFadden said. “He enjoyed life to the fullest and we are thankful his wife, Mary Ann, and daughter, Ali, have endowed a scholarship in his honor. Bob’s memory will live on with this scholarship and student-athlete will benefit greatly from the families generosity.”

For more information, or to endow an athletic scholarship at Youngstown State University, contact the Dan Kopp at the YSU Foundation at (330) 941-3211 or