Carlton earned a Bachelors degree from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1993 and received a Masters degree in Health Promotion and Kinesiology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 1996. Carlton has experience with collegiate athletics as he was the head athletic trainer at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte from 2000-2013. He has also worked with professional organizations such as the Chicago Cubs, Washington Redskins, and Atlanta Braves. Carlton returns to McLeod as the Athletic Trainer for The Marlboro County Bulldogs. Prior to his return, Carlton was Head Athletic Trainer at Mt. De Sales High School in Macon GA.