Former Rice University basketball coach George Carlisle passed away Sunday. He was 82.
Carlisle joined the Rice University athletic department staff as an assistant basketball coach and head freshman football coach in 1962. He was named head basketball coach a year later following the passing of his predecessor, John Frankie. Carlisle went on to serve as head coach of the Rice program for three seasons (1963-66).
Before coming to Rice, Carlisle enjoyed a 13-year tenure at Webster High School and later Clear Creek High School when it opened. In 13 years with the school system prior to joining the Rice staff, Carlisle served at various times as athletic director and head coach of both football and basketball. His basketball teams won nine district titles and went to the state tournament six times.
Following his tenure at Rice, Carlisle returned to the Clear Creek Independent School District, this time as an administrator.
He opened Seabrook Intermediate School as its principal in 1967 and also opened Clear Lake High School in 1972. In 1979 he became the assistant superintendent of business, a position he held until his retirement in 1988. After retirement he continued to serve the school system as a school board trustee.
Carlisle, a two sport letterman at Southwest Texas State (now Texas State University), is a member of the university's Hall of Honor and was also inducted into the Texas High School Basketball Hall of Fame as a player and coach. In 1988, the Clear Creek gym was renamed George B. Carlisle Field House and in 2006 the court was named for his oldest son, Buddy.
All three of Carlisle's children - Billy, Vickie and Buddy - followed their father into education. George Carlisle and his sons combined for just over 1,200 career victories as high school basketball coaches.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, May 30, Memorial Day, at the Carlisle Field House in League City.