People, Places and Things – September 2021

Buddy Carlisle passed away on August 26 at the age of 70. Buddy was a star player for Coach Bill Krueger at Clear Creek HS graduating in 1970. He then attended Baylor University on a basketball scholarship graduating in 1975. He returned to his alma mater as the assistant and became the varsity boys coach in 1978 until his retirement in 2006. Coach Carlisle was inducted into the Clear Creek ISD Hall of Honor as both a player and coach and was named one of the top 100 UIL basketball coaches of the first 100 years. Buddy is preceded in death by his father George and his broth-er Billy. He is survived by his wife of 30 years Jenny, his mother Peggy, his sister, two daughters and a granddaughter.

The UIL Legislative Council has implemented changes to Home School Students to participate in UIL sponsored activities. To allow these students to participate is a local school district decision. School districts had until September 1, 2021, to opt in to allow Home-Schooled students to participate according to House Bill 547’s effective date. For more information, please go to the UIL website.

At the TABC clinic last May, Stacy Stephens was inducted into the Texas High School Basketball Hall of Fame for her amazing career at Winnsboro HS. At that time Stacy was the head women’s coach at Our Lady of the Lake University from 2019 to 2021. This summer she was hired to the same position at Schreiner University in Kerrville. Coach Stephens played college basketball at the University of Texas where she was inducted into the Texas Women’s Hall of Honor in 2017 after being selected as an AP All American her final two years.

On September 3, Eddie Wolski passed away at his home in Round Rock. He graduated from Coahoma HS in 1965 and attended Angelo State University on a football scholarship. After graduation he began his coaching career and later earned his Masters in Education from Sul Ross University. After his coaching career he served as Assistant Executive Vice President for the Texas High School Coaches Association for 15 years and ended his career with 15 years working for the UIL as waiver officer and special assistant to Dr. Breithaupt. He is survived by Diala, his wife of 54 years, 3 children and 7 grandchildren. Eddie was 75 years old and a friend to all.

On April 9, three Texas coaches were honored by the National Junior College Hall of Fame for their contributions to the sport of basketball at two year colleges. Tim McGraw coached for 30 years and for 20 of them he led the North Lake College Blazers to six appearances in the finals including three national championships in 2006, 2008 and 2017. Jerry Stone played basketball at McMurry University before beginning a 42 year coaching career. Ten of those years were at Midland Junior College where the Chaparrals were 279-80 including the national championship in 1982. He coached some of the program’s legends including Spud Webb, Mookie Blalock, Ricky Grace and Skeeter Henry. His coaching career included over 800 wins. Mike Marquis played HS basketball at Newton, Texas before entering coaching for the next 34 years. He is entering his 20th season at Tyler Junior College where the Apache/s earned a birth in the national tournament sporting a 26-7 season record in 2017-18. He has a career record of 683-316 and still counting.

North Shore Gym Named for Randy Weisinger
On August 6, many friends, colleagues and former players gathered to honor one of their own. Randy Weisinger graduated from North Shore HS in 1978. He re-turned in 1985 as varsity assistant and was named the head coach the following year. Over the next 12 years he transitioned the Mustangs from being an average basketball program to one of the best in the state with a win/loss record of 328-96 and 11 consecutive playoff berths including 2 trips to the state tournament. Coach Weisinger completed his career as a coach and principal at Georgetown HS and Athletic Director at Waco Midway HS, retiring in 2015. But North Shore didn’t forget the impact he had and named the gym where he played and coached in his honor.