Former Livingston Parish School Board member Louis Carlisle died Wednesday morning, school system officials confirmed.
Carlisle, 82, also served as principal and head football coach at Denham Springs High School as well as head coach of Assumption High School, where he took the Mustangs to a state championship.
Carlisle moved from Assumption High to Denham Springs High School in 1965 and served there as head football coach until 1974.
He was named principal of Denham Springs High School in 1975 and remained in that assignment until May 1985, Principal Kelly Jones said.
Carlisle was elected to the Livingston Parish School Board the following year and served as a board member until the end of last year, when he chose not to run again.
“He was my mentor and a very positive influence and role model,” said Bill Spear, superintendent of Livingston Parish schools.
Spear said he played football on teams coached by Carlisle for three years at Denham Springs High School before Carlisle became principal.
“He was the guy who handed me my diploma,” Spear recalled.
“I did not run until I knew for sure that he wasn’t going to run,” said Karen Wax Schmitt, who succeeded Carlisle on the School Board. “I feel like Coach is going to be looking over my shoulder.”
Milton Hughes, who sat next to Carlisle at School Board meetings for 24 years, said Carlisle was well liked.
“He had more friends in Denham Springs than anybody I know,” Hughes said. “He never got mad at anybody.”
Even Carlisle’s political opponents couldn’t help but like him, Hughes said.
Carlisle loved golf, frequently playing six times a week, Hughes said.
Spear said Carlisle, who had played golf Tuesday, died Wednesday morning after a heart attack.