Rick Pitino
DOB: September 18, 1952

at UMass - post-UMass - Pictures

at UMass

Guard, 1971-74, #22


Louisville Cardinals, NCAA, 2001-
Head Coach

Named head coach on March 21, 2001.
Pitino's page on Louisville's web site.


Boston Celtics, NBA, 1997-2001
Head Coach & President

1997-98. Record: 36-46 (.439). Record was a 21 game improvement over the previous season.
1998-99. Record: 19-31 (.380) in strike-shortened season.
1999-2000. Record: 35-47 (.427). 2000-01. Record: 12-22 (.353). Resigned on January 8, 2001.
Coaching record: 102-146 (.411)


Kentucky Wildcats, NCAA, 1989-97
Head Coach

Bio from UKAthletics.com:
Promising to win right away, the 36-year old coach from the New York Knicks accepted the challenge of rebuilding the Kentucky basketball dynasty.

Pitino came into UK with impressive credentials, having rebuilt Boston U., Providence and the Knicks. His first UK team, "Pitino's Bambinos," shocked the college basketball world by defeating Shaquille O'Neal, Chris Jackson and the No. 9-ranked LSU Tigers in Lexington en route to a surprising 14-14 record in 1989-90.

It was a glimpse into the future. The following year, UK finished with the best record in the SEC. Then in 1992, fresh off NCAA probation, the "Unforgettables" took eventual national champion Duke into overtime of the East Regional before falling 104-103 in what many have labled "the greatest college basketball game ever played."

In 1993, with Jamal Mashburn leading the charge, UK advanced to the Final Four for the first time in nine years, losing to Michigan in overtime. After an Elite Eight finish in '95, Pitino's squad became the team to beat in '96. Highlights included the school's first league championship in 10 seasons, a 27-game win streak, a top-three ranking nearly the entire season, and the crowning jewel, the school's sixth NCAA title.

After UK lost four players to the NBA Draft, Pitino's task of defending the national championship became more difficult after star-guard Derek Anderson severely injured his knee during the '97 season. But the Cats wouldn't fold, rolling to the title game before losing to Arizona in overtime.

Along the way, Pitino won five of six SEC Tournament Championships, two ECAC Holiday Classics, the Maui Invitational and the Great Alaska Shootout. He had a 104-28 record vs. SEC teams, winning two league crowns, and an amazing 17-1 record in the SEC tourney.

He coached three All-Americans and eight All-SEC performers. The NBA drafted eight of his Wildcats, six in the first round, including three lottery picks.

Following the national runner-up torphy in 1997, the former point guard at UMass left UK for the challenge of rebuilding the NBA's Boston Celtics.


Coaching record
Season Overall Home Road Conf.
1989-90 14-14 13-2 1-12 10-8
1990-91 22-6 13-0 9-6 14-4
1991-92 29-7 15-2 14-5 12-4 NCAA Elite Eight
1992-93 30-4 16-0 14-4 13-3 NCAA Final Four
1993-94 27-7 13-1 14-6 12-4 NCAA Second Round
1994-95 28-5 12-1 16-4 14-2 NCAA Elite Eight
1995-96 34-2 13-0 21-2 16-0 NCAA Champion
1996-97 35-5 12-1 23-4 13-3 NCAA Final Four
8 Years 219-50 (.814) 107-7 112-43

Pitino has Kentucky Head Coach versus UMass
DateWinnerLoserSiteUMass CoachEvent
12/4/1991Kentucky 90UMass 69Lexington KYJohn Calipari 
3/26/1992Kentucky 87UMass 77Philadelphia PAJohn CalipariNCAA East Regional
Semi-Final (Sweet 16)
2/6/1994Kentucky 67UMass 64East Rutherford NJJohn Calipari 
11/28/1995UMass 92Kentucky 82Auburn Hills MIJohn CalipariDirecTV Great Eight
3/30/1996Kentucky 81UMass 74East Rutherford NJJohn CalipariNCAA National Semi-Final
(Final Four)
Totals: Kentucky 4 - UMass 1

New York Knicks, NBA, 1987-89
Head Coach

1987-88. Record: 38-44 (.463). Though carrying a losing record, Knicks make playoffs and take a game from the Boston Celtics before losing the first round series.
1988-89. Record: 52-30 (.634). Knicks won 26 in a row at home during the season, and won the Atlantic Division for the first time since 1970-71. 52 wins was the highest since their title season of 1972-73. Team falls to Michael Jordan & the Chicago Bulls in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.
Coaching record: 90-74 (.549)

Pitino, as Knicks head coach, in huddle


Providence Friars, NCAA, 1985-87
Head Coach

Coaching record
Season Overall Home Road Conf.
1985-86 17-14 12-6 5-8 7-9 NIT
1986-87 25-9 12-2 13-7 10-6 NCAA Final Four
2 Years 42-23 (.646) 24-8 18-15 17-15

New York Knicks, NBA, 1983-85
Assistant Coach

Assistant to Hubie Brown.
1983-84. Record: 47-35 (.573). Knicks, led by Bernard King, lost in Eastern Conference Semifinals to Boston Celtics in 7 games.
1984-85. Record: 24-58 (.293)


Boston University Terriers, NCAA, 1978-83
Head Coach

Started as head coach at only age 25.
Left as most successful coach in BU history.
Terriers' NCAA Tournament appearance was school's first in 24 years.
1978-79: New England Coach of the Year.
1982-83: New England Coach of the Year.


Coaching record
Season Overall Home Road Conf.
1978-79 17-9 12-4 5-5 --
1979-80 21-9 13-2 8-7 -- NIT
1980-81 13-14 8-6 5-8 --
1981-82 19-9 13-4 6-5 6-2
1982-83 21-10 11-3 10-7 8-2 NCAA
5 Years 91-51 (.641) 57-19 34-32

Pitino has BU Head Coach versus UMass
DateWinnerLoserSiteUMass CoachEvent
12/5/1978BU 72UMass 63Amherst MAJack Leaman 
1/15/1980BU 78UMass 51Boston MARay Wilson 
1/30/1981BU 91UMass 62Boston MARay WilsonProvidence Savings Classic
2/18/1981BU 61UMass 56Amherst MARay Wilson 
12/3/1981BU 91UMass 65Boston MATom McLaughlin 
Totals: BU 5 - UMass 0



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