Richard Preston Carlisle ( born October 27, 1959 in Ogdensburg, New York ) is a retired American professional basketball player and current coach. He currently coaches the Dallas Mavericks in the North American professional league NBA.
Carlisle attended for one year the Worcester Academy and then played between 1979 and 1981 college basketball at the University of Maine, before he moved to the University of Virginia in 1982. As co-captain, he led the team to the Virginia Cavaliers in the 1984 Final Four of the NCAA Championship.
In subsequent NBA Draft 1984 Carlisle was recruited in the third round to 70th out of the Boston Celtics. With the Celtics, he played alongside NBA legends like Larry Bird, Kevin McHale and Robert Parish and won in the 1985/86 season the NBA championship. In the summer of 1987, Carlisle signed a contract with the New York Knicks. After a lengthy shoulder injury he completed in November 1989, five more games for the New Jersey Nets before he ended his active career.
In 1989, he drew a trainer option, and coached the New Jersey Nets for five years under Bill Fitch and Chuck Daly. After that he went for three seasons on the Portland Trail Blazers, where he was assistant coach PJ Carlesimo.
1997 Rick Carlisle went to the Indiana Pacers, where he worked as an assistant coach under his former teammate Larry Bird. While he coached the Indiana Pacers, he helped them to their two best seasons ever. First, they won the 1997/98 against the Chicago Bulls and then lost in the Eastern Conference Finals. Then, in the 1999/00 season, the Pacers reached the finals for the first time and lost to the Los Angeles Lakers. Larry Bird gave up his job and beat Rick Carlisle as his successor, but Donnie Walsh gave Isaiah Thomas Pacerspräsident the place as head coach.
2001 Rick Carlisle went to the Detroit Pistons. Detroit was his first stop as a head coach. In two seasons, he led the Pistons to a win rate of 61 % and was named coach of the year 2002. 2002/ 03 it fired the Pistons a year before his contract expired and instead gave Larry Brown a contract. A dispute between Carlisle and the team owner was due to the early release Carlisle.
In the season 2003/ 04 Rick Carlisle got an offer from the Indiana Pacers and thus became the new head coach. In his first year he led the Pacers to their best season with 61 victories, 21 defeats and a Siequote of 74.4 %. In the first two rounds of the playoffs they defeated the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat, until they were eventually defeated the Detroit Pistons.
After the Pacers in the 2006/07 season with a minus record (35 wins, 47 defeats) since 1997, missed the playoffs for the first time, Carlisle's career ended as Pacers coach. It is unclear whether he was fired or went themselves. On 12 June 2007 he gave up his position as a vice president at the Pacers.
He got a job as a connectable studio analyst for ESPN.
Rick Carlisle signed on 9 May 2008 in the previously trained by Avery Johnson Dallas Mavericks a four-year contract. After the first two years were not proved very successful in the playoffs, he led the Mavericks in 2011 to their first NBA Championship. Shortly after the 2011/2012 season he signed a new contract with the Mavs.