Pledge Supports New Women’s Basketball Locker Room

By Joe Keniston ‘05, M’07

Thanks to Preston Carlisle '52, the Saints women’s basketball program will unveil a new locker room this year.

Carlisle, a North Country attorney, made a commitment of $100,000 to the room and has challenged other alumni and Laurentians to support this and other athletics projects.

Carlisle was the recipient of the 2014 Scarlet and Brown Award, given annually by the Athletics Department to a member of the St. Lawrence University network who supports the mission of the department as it pertains to academic and athletic success as well as student-athlete development and experience. Basketball is one of his family's passions, as Preston previously served as a volunteer coach with the women's basketball team in the early 2000’s and his son, Rick, coached the Dallas Mavericks to the 2011 NBA Championship.

“Preston has been exceptionally generous toward our department’s needs for nearly two decades,” said St. Lawrence Director of Athletics Margie Strait M’73. “He has helped fund renovations to Burkman Gymnasium and the Appleton Golf Course clubhouse, and supported ongoing program enhancements for our student-athletes.”

Departmental initiatives that Carlisle continues to support include the Senior Student-Athlete Awards Dinner and gifts to the seniors and team captains. He is a regular attendee at Saints sporting events and offers encouragement and advice to both the staff and student-athletes. 

“Preston and Joan have a strong presence in the North Country,” added Strait. “We are fortunate to call him a friend.”