High School Football

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Head Coach Mark Carlson will be entering his 11th season overall and 2nd season coaching at Banning Lewis Ranch Academy. Prior to arriving at BLRA, Coach Carlson was head coach at Escondido Charter High School from 2013-2016. He also held multiple coordinating positions at Santa Fe Christian, Calvin Christian, Tri-City Christian, and The Classical Academy (Colorado).

Coach Carlson is a 2006 graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, where he played free safety for the Falcons as well as being named the Special Teams Player of the Year in 2005.

Before pursuing a teaching career, Coach Carlson was a Communications Officer at Barksdale Air Force Base, Bossier City, Louisiana.  While growing up in San Diego, Carlson attended Santa Fe Christian (Class of 2001) and lettered in Basketball and Football.


This is my 2nd season on the BLPA Stallions staff after serving 23 years in the U.S. Army. I have 5 years of football coaching experience and also 5 years as a Colorado High School football official.

My coaching philosophy is to use the game of football to develop and teachplayers the value of hard work, teamwork, responsibility, and character. I expect each player to represent BLPA with pride and good sportsmanship. I will stress the importance of education and accountability.



Mark Carlson | Head Football Coach | mcarlson@blracademy.org 


If you have questions about football or any activities at Banning Lewis Ranch Academy, please contact Sarah Leschisin at sleschisin@blracademy.org