Rick Carlisle Formally Introduced As Head Coach Of Mavericks
DALLAS, TexasFormer Virginia basketball player Rick Carlisle was officially introduced as the head coach of the Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association (NBA) during a press conference on Wednesday (May 14). His hiring was announced on May 9.
This is the third NBA head coaching position for Carlisle. He previously was the head coach of the Detroit Pistons (2 years/2001-03, 100-64 record) and the Indiana Pacers (4 years/2003-07, 181-147 record). In six years as an NBA head coach, Carlisle’s teams have compiled an overall record of 281-211 and made five postseason appearances. He was named the NBA Coach of the Year in 2002.
Carlisle played two seasons for Virginia after transferring from the University of Maine. He started both seasons as the Cavaliers reached the NCAA Elite Eight in 1983 and the Final Four in 1984. Carlisle was a team co-captain during the 1983-84 season when he averaged 11.1 points, 2.9 assists and 2.8 rebounds a game and shot 51.6 percent from the field. He averaged 10.9 points, 2.9 assists and 2.9 rebounds a game and shot 51.3 percent from the field in 1982-83.
Carlisle was drafted by the Boston Celtics in 1984 and was a member of the Celtics’ NBA Championship team in 1986. He played for three teams during his five-year NBA career.
Carlisle is the second former Virginia player to currently be a head coach in the NBA. Marc Iavaroni is the head coach of the Memphis Grizzlies.