BOONE, N.C. — App State Athletics has hired Robert Carlisle as Director of Student-Athlete Development, Director of Athletics Doug Gillin announced Monday.
Carlisle, who arrives in Boone from Texas A&M University, will oversee the BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina Mountaineers RISE program that aims to develop, nurture, support and prepare App State student-athletes to be world-class leaders.
“We are excited to welcome Rob and his family to App State,” said Makini Thompson, Senior Associate Athletics Director. “He will play a key role in the development of the total person of our student-athletes and assisting them in building a solid foundation for a successful life after their time as intercollegiate athletes.”
Elements of the Mountaineers RISE program include professional and career development, community engagement and leadership development. In conjunction with the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, special events that are hosted annually include the Mountaineer Welcome Back, Letter Jacket Ceremonies, Senior Graduation Dinners and the Appspy’s Awards.
“Thank you to Doug Gillin, Makini Thompson and App State Athletics for this wonderful opportunity,” Carlisle said. “I’m passionate about education, leadership, identity development, sports and how they all intersect. To have the opportunity to inspire, encourage and support student-athletes brings me joy. I look forward to cultivating meaningful relationships and helping student-athletes be successful within the campus community and beyond.”
In addition to his time as an academic advisor with the Aggies’ football team from 2014-19 and the Texas A&M College of Engineering from 2019-21, Carlisle taught student success seminar courses as an instructor in the College of Engineering.
At Augustana College (Sioux Falls, S.D.) from 2012-14, Carlisle was a graduate assistant with the football team, an academic advisor and an instructor in the health, physical education and recreation department.
A two-time Division II national champion football player at Grand Valley State University (Allendale, Mich.), Carlisle earned a bachelor’s in physical education from GVSU in 2009 and a master’s in sports administration and leadership from Augustana in 2014. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in recreation, park and tourism sciences from Texas A&M.
Carlisle and his wife, Ebony, have two children, RJ and Parker.