My Lisle experience also unlocked a curiosity that resulted in me moving to Southern California for sunshine (and the ultimate beachfront hoop court) before eventually settling in Portland, Oregon. Sport continued to be central in my life, including a 25+ year career at Nike, and my current chapter in sports technology. My love of sport is also present in my family: my wife Peggy is a passionate MLB fan (go Giants!), while my daughter Mandy was a multi-sport HS athlete who left the Pacific NW to “jump around” as a Wisconsin Badger Business major.
Living on the West Coast, I admit I lost contact with the Lisle community until recently. During Thanksgiving ‘19, I toured LSHS and discovered a completely transformed campus, and more importantly, the school’s reputation for academic and cultural excellence. Inspired, I returned again for the ‘20 HOF induction for Tom Stitt, where our former team gathered for an impromptu reunion and all-night huddle with former classmates.
Even though I left Lisle, it has never left me. Today, more than ever, I cherish my experiences there, thanks to the vision, commitment and tireless effort of John Bartels and the Carlin Nalley Foundation.
Class of 1983
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