Carlson, former West High JV coach, RMC alumni, dies at 57

2014-08-12T15:35:00Z 2014-08-15T15:36:10Z Carlson, former West High JV coach, RMC alumni, dies at 57Gazette Staff The Billings Gazette
August 12, 2014 3:35 pm  • 

Scott Carlson, who was recently hired to serve as an assistant women's basketball coach at Rocky Mountain College this coming season, was found dead at his Billings home on Tuesday.

New Rocky head coach Wes Keller said he has been informed of Carlson's death, but didn't have any details on the cause.

"You're just shocked, and you feel for his family," Keller said.

The 57-year-old Carlson, who was a social studies teacher at Billings West, had around 35 years of teaching experience at West, Billings Skyview and Simms high schools.

"The hearts of the Rocky Mountain College family go out to the family of Scott Carlson, who passed away unexpectedly this weekend," athletic director Bruce Parker said in a statement. "Scott was an alum, former basketball player and recently hired assistant coach here at Rocky."

Carlson also spent about 30 years coaching boys and girls basketball and boys tennis. He was a head girls coach at Simms and Skyview, and a longtime boys assistant at West.

"He's been around the game of basketball for a long time," Keller said. "I was excited about him bringing new ideas to the program and to practice. He had a great basketball mind."

Carlson was a 1979 graduate of Rocky. He also played for four years on the men's basketball team at Rocky.

"His son, Jeremy, started the Master of Educational Leadership program here this past week," Parker said. "The sudden loss is tough and painful for all. Rocky Mountain College sends our warm thoughts to Scott's family."

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