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Rick Pitino

  • Player
  • Seasons: 1971-72, 1972-73, 1973-74
  • Number: 22
  • Position: G
  • Height: 6' 0“
  • Weight: 165 lbs.
  • Hometown: Oyster Bay, NY
  • High School: St. Dominic’s
  • Prep School: none
  • Transfer From: none
  • Birthdate: September 18, 1952

College Basketball (Player)

  • Played for coach Jack Leaman.
  • Led Minutemen in assists during his junior (129 in 27 games, 4.8 avg) and senior (168 in 26 games, 6.5 avg) years.
  • In those two seasons, Massachusetts went 41-12 overall, 21-3 in the Yankee Conference, won two conference championships, and went to the NIT each season.
  • Teammate of Al Skinner.
  • Freshman during Julius Erving's last season.
  • Signed his National Letter of Intent on the floor of Madison Square Garden.1)




For more information about Pitino's career, refer to his Wikipedia page.

Inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in September 2013.5)6)

St. John's (Head Coach, 2023-)

Iona (Head Coach, 2020-23)

  • Gaels take a chance on Pitino and bring him back to NCAA coaching. Hired 3/14/2020.8)
  • Compiled a 64-22 overall record over three seasons, with 2 MAAC regular season titles, 2 conference tournament titles, and 2 NCAA Tournament appearances

Coached the Panathinaikos B.C. club in Greece from 2018-20 after being forced out at Louisville.

Louisville (Head Coach, 2001-17)

Boston (NBA) (Head Coach & President, 1997-2001)

  • Struggled in three and a half seasons at the helm of the Celtics, overall record of 102-146.
  • In each season, team had losing records and missed the playoffs.

Kentucky (Head Coach, 1989-97)

  • Took over for Eddie Sutton, who left Kentucky in scandal. Pitino started at Kentucky facing three years' probation, a two-year ban from postseason play and a ban from live television in 1989–90.
  • In Kentucky's return to post-season eligibility in 1991-92, Pitino led the Wildcats to the NCAA Elite Eight, defeating UMass in the Sweet Sixteen before losing to Duke on Christian Laettner's last-second shot.
  • In the following years, Kentucky reached the Second Round (1993-94), the Elite Eight (1994-95), the Final Four (1992-93), the Championship Game (1996-97), and the NCAA Championship (1995-96).
  • Left Kentucky after compiling a 219-50 record.

New York Knicks (NBA) (Head Coach, 1987-89)

  • Took a 24-58 Knicks team from 1986-87 and improved to 38-44 in 1987-88 and a berth in the playoffs.
  • In 1988-89, the Knicks went 52-30, and reached the Eastern Conference Semi-finals.

Providence (Head Coach, 1985-87)

  • Took an 11-20 Friars team from 1984-85 and improved to 17-14 in 1985-86, with a trip to the NIT Semi-finals.
  • Led by Billy Donovan's 20.6 points and 7.2 assists per game, Providence went 25-9 and reached the NCAA Final Four.

New York Knicks (NBA) (Assistant Coach, 1983-85)

Boston University (Head Coach, 1978-83)

  • Led the Terriers to a regular season championship (1982-83) and tournament championship (1983).

Syracuse (Assistant Coach, 1976-78)

Hawaii (Assistant Coach / Interim Head Coach, 1974-76)

  • Acted as Hawaii's Interim Head Coach in 1976, compiling a 2-4 record during that brief stint.

Pitino against UMass

UMass is 2-9 against Pitino-coached teams / 3-9 if you include Pitino as an assistant coach.

DatePitino's SchoolGame ResultsSiteUM CoachGame Notes
1/17/1976Hawaii (Asst)UM 80, UH 72Home (SCC)Jack Leaman
12/5/1978Boston U.BU 72, UM 63Home (CHC)Jack Leaman
1/15/1980Boston U.BU 78, UM 51AwayRay Wilson
1/30/1981Boston U.BU 91, UM 62NeutralRay WilsonProvidence Savings Classic, at Boston MA
2/18/1981Boston U.BU 61, UM 56Home (CHC)Ray Wilson
12/3/1981Boston U.BU 91, UM 65AwayTom McLaughlin
12/4/1991KentuckyUK 90, UM 69AwayJohn Calipari
3/26/1992KentuckyUK 87, UM 77NeutralJohn CalipariNCAA Sweet Sixteen, at Philadelphia PA
2/6/1994KentuckyUK 67, UM 64NeutralJohn Calipariat East Rutherford NJ
11/28/1995KentuckyUM 92, UK 82NeutralJohn CalipariGreat Eight Tournament, at Auburn Hills MI
3/30/1996KentuckyUK 81, UM 74NeutralJohn CalipariNCAA Final Four, at East Rutherford NJ
12/13/2006LouisvilleUM 72, UL 68AwayTravis FordBilly Minardi Classic
pitino_rick.txt · Last modified: 2023/03/20 16:51 by mikeuma