Carson served as head men's track and field coach for 40 years. Carson, who retired prior to the start of the 2007-08 season, accepted the top Pirate track position in 1967 and guided the program from ground level to one that developed Olympic competitors. Under his direction, ECU athletes advanced to the NCAA National Championships in 18 of the last 19 years. In addition, he produced 70 All-America selections and 40 individual event champions at the IC4A, Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) or Conference USA Championships. Carson also earned his share of coaching honors during his illustrious career, including being named the NCAA District III Coach of the Year in 1988 and Southeast Region Coach-of-the-Year in 2002. He also served as the Broad Event Chairman for Sprint Development for USA Track and Field from 1991-97.