Carlene started coaching in 2008 to help fellow Boilermaker, Marisa Watts-Cozort found the club team Swim South Bay in Willow Glen. Carlene coached age group up to senior swimmers there before accepting a position assisting the National Team at SCSC in 2010. There, she helped swimmers achieve Junior National times and National Team and National Select Camps spots.
Carlene grew up in the Bay Area and attended Presentation High School (class of ’03) where she was a 3-time All-American and helped the team to a CCS victory in 2001. She started as a walk-on at Purdue University and ended as Big Ten champion in the 200 fly and an NCAA All-American. She graduated with a degree in Fine Arts with a concentration in Jewelry and Metals and a minor in Art History. After her collegiate career, she stayed at Purdue and continued to train for the 100 and 200 fly for the 2008 Olympic Trials.
In her free time, Carlene loves to listen to music, read, keep up with swim stats and do all forms of art, particularly jewelry/metalsmithing and textile work (sewing, crocheting, knitting, embroidery, etc.)