USCA's Carlisle to be Inducted Into GCAA Hall of Fame
NORMAN, Okla. – The Golf Coaches Association of America
announced on Tuesday that University of South Carolina Aiken head
golf coach Michael Carlisle is one of seven individuals who will be
inducted into the 2010 Golf Coaches Association of America Hall of
Carlisle and the rest of the group will be officially honored at the GCAA Hall of Fame Reception and Awards Banquet on Monday, Dec. 6 at the Tropicana Hotel in Las Vegas.
Carlisle is one of six coaches who will be inducted in the 2010 Hall of Fame Class, joining Bob Alpers of Saint John’s (Minn.), Oklahoma City’s Kyle Blaser, Texas Wesleyan’s Bobby Cornett, Steve Desimone of California and Floyd Horgan of Brevard CC and Centenary. Additionally, Ron Balicki of Golfweek will be inducted for his contributions to college golf.
“This is a tremendous honor,” noted Carlisle. “These individuals that are being and have been inducted are coaches that I have played and coached against. I have a hard time considering myself in this category. I just think this speaks volumes about the university and the support our program has received over the years that has enabled us to be successful.”
Carlisle’s honoring comes as no surprise as he has put together one of the strongest coaching resumes in the history of collegiate golf.
In 13 seasons prior to 2003-04, Carlisle had guided the Pacers to three NCAA Division II national runners-up and four more fifth-place finishes. But in 2003-04, Carlisle’s cast of one senior, three sophomores, and a freshman, after not winning a tournament all season, “bloomed” at the right time in capturing the program’s third-straight NCAA Southeast Region crown and winning the school’s first-ever NCAA Championship.
For his efforts, Carlisle was named the Eaton GolfPride NCAA Division II National Coach of the Year.
So what does one do for an encore in 2004-05? How about winning a second consecutive NCAA Title, and dominating the rest of the regular season and postseason along the way. In 2004-05, USC Aiken put together the most dominating season in the history of Division II men’s golf, winning 11 of 13 tournaments. And unlike in 2003-04, they did not enter the NCAA Championship as a dark horse. The Pacers won the 2005 Peach Belt Conference Championship as well as their fourth-straight NCAA Southeast Region crown.
The 2005-06 season brought a third-straight NCAA Championship, a fifth consecutive NCAA Southeast Region title and a seventh Peach Belt Conference crown.
En route to winning 10 of 13 tournaments in 2005-06, Carlisle had successfully established the USC Aiken program as a dynasty. Only one team in the previous 44 years of Division II men’s golf had won three-straight NCAA titles.
A six-time Peach Belt Conference Coach of the Year, Carlisle has been named the NCAA Division II National Coach of the Year in 2004, 2005 and 2006. He has led the program to eight PBC championships in 20 seasons in the league, including a three-peat in 1995-97 and back-to-back crowns in 2002-03 and 2005-06.
The five-time NCAA Southeast Region champions have made 18 trips in the last 19 years to the NCAA Tournament, advancing to the National Championship Tournament 14 times.
His career winning percentage in 19 NCAA seasons at USCA is .723 with five seasons of better than .900 and eight years of .800 or higher.
During the last 19 seasons, while playing a full compliment of tournaments largely against top caliber Division I competition, Carlisle’s teams have captured 72 titles, including an amazing stretch of 23 of 28 events from the end of 2003-04 through 2005-06, an average of 4.3 per year.
USCA has also become a fixture atop the GCAA Top 25 and the Golfstat Top 10 polls.
An eight-time NCAA District or Region Coach of the Year (1995-99, 2002, 2004, 2006), Carlisle has coached 45 NCAA All-Americans, nine All-Academic selections, two NCAA Players of the Year, one NCAA Freshman of the Year, seven PBC Players of the Year and 40 All-Conference selections.
In 2005, Carlisle had the distinct privilege to coach Team USA in the 30th Fuji Xerox USA vs. Japan Collegiate Championship, leading the Americans to their 10th straight win.
Many of Carlisle’s pupils have had successful amateur and professional golfing careers. Ryan Dillon, Aaron Black, Scott Usher, Dane Burkhart, Jeff Goff, Scott Brown and Roberto Diaz are all playing professionally on various mini-tours including the Gateway Tour, the Tarheel Tour and the Nationwide Tour.
An Aiken product born and raised, golf has always been a part of Carlisle’s life.
Out of high school, Carlisle walked on to play college golf at Clemson University.
Although never winning a conference or national title, the Tigers were a formidable force during his time there. Carlisle, a three-year letter winner, graduated from Clemson in 1980.
After college, as most golfers do, Carlisle dreamed of playing on the PGA Tour. After competing as an amateur, Carlisle played on mini-tours for nearly five years.
Winning a few tournaments highlighted his professional career capped by earning a spot in a PGA Tour event, the Greater Greensboro Open.
When Carlisle came to USC Aiken to take over for Paul Weiler as head golf coach, he regained his amateur status. He has won the Carolinas Amateur and the South Carolina Mid-Amateur Championships. Twice, Carlisle has advanced to the United States Amateur Championship.
Carlisle stays active in the Aiken community, including his work with the Junior Golf Association. Carlisle was honored in June of 2009 with the Thomas Hithcock and William C. Whitney Award at the Players Dinner for the 34th Palmetto Amateur Tournament.
Carlisle is the first recipient of the award. The award recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions to the game of golf in the Aiken area.