Former College of Maine Black Bear and NBA championship head coach Rick Carlisle added to his distinguished resume final week, incomes a multi-year, multi-million greenback contract extension along with his Indiana Pacers.
Carlisle — 1986 NBA champion with the Celtics, Coach of the Yr with the 2002 Detroit Pistons and head coach of the 2011 NBA champion Dallas Mavericks — has been an NBA participant or coach since 1984, and already had two years remaining on his present contract with the Pacers.
However none of these accomplishments would have been potential had a mid-major college in Orono, Maine, not taken an opportunity on Carlisle again within the Nineteen Seventies.
“Skip [Chappelle] was the one Division I coach to consider in my skills,” Carlisle stated. “He was one the very best coaches I’ve ever had, and I’m very grateful for every little thing he did for me.”
Maine Basketball Corridor of Famer Skip Chappelle was the UMaine males’s basketball head coach from 1971 to 1988. The Outdated City native additionally received the 1957 Class A state championship as a senior, performed at UMaine from 1959 to 1962 and was a part of the Nineteen Sixties Celtics’ observe squad for years.
Chappelle unintentionally stumbled upon Carlisle in 1978, throughout Carlisle’s days at Worcester Academy in Massachusetts. Chappelle initially made the journey to scout the Hilltoppers’ heart, however ended up recruiting their much less athletic — and extremely clever — guard from Lisbon, New York, as an alternative.
“He couldn’t soar, however he simply knew play,” Chappelle stated of Carlisle. “When he was on the ground, I didn’t have to educate. He was that type of participant.”
Carlisle rapidly developed his sport underneath Chappelle, transferring to the College of Virginia in 1981 after two years in Orono. He went on to be chosen by the Celtics within the 1984 NBA draft.
“I had an incredible expertise at UMaine,” Carlisle stated. “Skip’s been a trusted buddy for 40 years, and he gave me his full blessing to go to Virginia.”
On the NBA stage, Chappelle’s unique leap of religion and Carlisle’s uncanny basketball IQ continued to pay dividends, with the previous Black Bear changing into considered one of solely 14 folks to ever win a championship as each a participant and a coach.
Flash ahead to right now, and Carlisle is in his twenty second season as an NBA head coach, and has fellow Black Bear Jim Boylen (class of 1987) as his assistant coach and former Celtic teammate Larry Hen as a entrance workplace guide. All three had been a part of the Pacers’ group at separate occasions this century, till Hen returned to the staff this previous yr, and Carlisle employed Boylen to educate alongside him.
To have fun Carlisle’s extension — and this full circle second for UMaine basketball — Chappelle paid his two former gamers a go to throughout their sport versus the Celtics on the TD Backyard in Boston final week.
“He’s a dwelling legend,” Carlisle stated of Chappelle.