Rick played basketball well enough at Lisbon HS to gain attention of college recruiters. He went on the Worchester (Mass.) Academy Prep School before playing at college 2 seasons at the University of Maine. Carlisle then transferred to Virginia for his final 2 collage seasons. He averaged 12.5 points/game during his college career. His senior season in 1984 he captained the Cavs to a final four appearance, falling in the semis to Hakeem Olajuwon and Houston.
Carlisle was drafted 70th overall in the 1984 NBA draft by the Boston Celtics. He was a reserve on the 1986 NBA championship team. He spent one season with the Albany Patroons of the CBA before playing for the Knicks in the 1987-88 season. He played just 5 games the next season with the New Jersey Nets. The Nets then hired him as an assistant coach through the '94 season. He was an assistant with Portland for 3 seasons before being hired on the staff of the Indian Pacers by former teammate Larry Bird. In 2001, he was hired by the Pistons as head coach. He coached the Pacers from 2003-07. The next year he was hired by the Dallas Mavericks where he coaches to this day. His 2010-11 team captured the NBA championship, making Carlisle only the 11th person to be a player and head coach on NBA championship teams. His career record is 694- 520.
His other career highlights include being named NBA Coach of the Year in 2002 and he coached the eastern Conference All Stars in 2004. Rick and his wife Donna have a daughter Abby. He is also an avid pianist and private pilot.
The North Country Sports Hall Of Fame is proud to welcome Rick as part of it's inaugural class.