Rick Carlisle

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Richard Preston Carlisle
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Born: 10/27/59
Birthplace: Ogdensburg, N.Y.
College: University of Maine, University of Virginia
Mavs Tenure: 2008-present

Rick Carlisle is the head coach of the Dallas Mavericks, replacing Avery Johnson.

Rick Carlisle was announced as the head coach of the Dallas Mavericks on May 14, 2008. He had previoulsy been the head coach of the Indiana Pacers and the Detroit Pistons.

In his first year as Pacers’ coach, Carlisle led the Pacers to the NBA’s best record at 61-21, the most victories in franchise history, the best winning percentage in franchise history and the Central Division championship. Carlisle, who coached his first two years at Detroit, became the first coach since Pat Riley to win 50 games and division championships in his first three seasons as coach. He also led the Pacers to the 2004 Eastern Conference Finals.

Carlisle came to Indiana with two years of head coaching experience and he figured out the pretty simple formula in that time. In two years with Detroit, the Pistons were 100-64 (.610) with two Central Division championships, one trip to the Eastern Conference Finals and a Coach of the Year honor for Carlisle in 2002.

As an assistant coach with the Pacers, Carlisle was regarded as one of basketball’s top young head coaching prospects. Carlisle began his coaching career in 1989 as an assistant with the New Jersey Nets. He spent five seasons in New Jersey, where he had the opportunity to work under Hall of Fame coaching legends Bill Fitch and Daly. Carlisle then moved on to Portland, where he spent three seasons as an assistant under P.J. Carlesimo before joining The Pacers staff as an assitant in the summer of 1997.

NBA Playing Career

Carlisle began his NBA career as the only rookie to make the Boston Celtics in 1984. He played three years in Boston and was a member of the 1986 World Championship team, which was led by Bird. Carlisle enjoyed his best season as a pro that year when he averaged 2.6 points, 1.4 assists and 1.0 rebounds in 77 games. He then played one year with the New York Knicks under Head Coach Rick Pitino before moving onto New Jersey, where he played briefly for Fitch before being offered an assistant coaching position with the Nets.


Collegiately, Carlisle played two years at the University of Maine before transferring to the University of Virginia, where he was co-captain of the Cavaliers’ 1984 Final Four team.

A native of Ogdensburg, N.Y. he graduated in 1984 with a BA in psychology from Virginia.


Rick, and his wife, Donna, have a daughter, Abigail (Abby) Claire. Carlisle’s interests off the court include golf, piano and spending time with family, which includes two dogs, Moe Norman and Zoe.