After nine years as USC’s head strength and conditioning coach, Carlisle joined Seattle in the same capacity on February 4, 2010.
Carlisle oversees the Super Bowl XLVIII champion’s weight room that focuses on mobility, stability, flexibility, strength and power.
He was named the 2006 National Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year by the Professional Football Strength and Conditioning Coaches Society.
USC played in the 2001 Las Vegas Bowl, 2003 Orange Bowl, 2004 Rose Bowl, 2005 Orange Bowl (BCS Championship Game), 2006 Rose Bowl (BCS Championship Game), 2007 Rose Bowl, 2008 Rose Bowl, 2009 Rose Bowl and 2009 Emerald Bowl during his tenure.
He came to USC from the University of Tennessee, where he was the associate head strength and conditioning coach for three years (1998-2000). The Volunteers football team won the 1998 BCS Championship Game and Southeastern Conference championship.
While coaching at Tennessee, Carlisle learned he had Hodgkin ’s Disease in December of 2000 and began radiation treatments. He was hired by USC in February of 2001, kept his illness a secret except to Trojans Head Coach Pete Carroll, continued treatments in Tennessee and at USC/Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and Hospital, then doctors told him in the summer of 2001 that the cancer was in remission. He informed the USC players of his ordeal at the start of fall 2001 camp. He was one of 17 nominees for the 2003 Most Courageous Award presented by the Football Writers Association of America and was one of 11 nominees for the 2005 award.
Carlisle began his career as the head football coach and strength coach at Dodge (Neb.) High in 1985. He then spent six seasons (1986- 91) as an offensive line coach and strength coach at Blytheville (Ark.) High. He next was a strength and conditioning graduate assistant coach at Arkansas for two years (1992-93) before becoming the head football coach and strength coach at Subiaco (Ark.) Academy, a college prep school, for four seasons (1993-96). He spent 1997 as an offensive line coach and strength coach at Trinity Valley Community College in Athens, Texas, winning the NJCAA national championship that season.
After playing offensive line at North Iowa Area Community College in Mason City, Iowa, in 1980, he was a three-year (1981-83) starting offensive lineman at Chadron (Neb.) State College, earning All-Area honors.
He earned his bachelor’s degree in education from Chadron State in 1985 and a master’s degree in history from Arkansas in 1997.
Carlisle prepped at Mason City (Iowa) High, where he starred in football. Born on August 7, 1962, he and his wife, Louon, have one son, Alex.