Coach Carlton grew up in Youngstown, Ohio and attended Miami University of Ohio where she was on the dance team. After graduation, she joined The Cincinnati Bengals as an NFL cheerleader. In her third year she was chosen to represent the team at the Pro Bowl in Hawaii. She and her husband, Mike, moved to Atlanta in 1997 where Laurie worked as a group fitness instructor for 10 years and eventually managed the program at the Cobb County YMCAs. This is her 3rd year coaching varsity cheerleading at BT, the first season with the inaugural graduating class of 2004.
Laurie and Mike have 6 children who attend Catholic schools in the area and are active parishioners at St Peter Chanel. She is happy and honored to be able to coach such lovely young ladies at Blessed Trinity.