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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 after UMass, refer to his Wikipedia page.

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

Iona (Head Coach, 2020-)

  • Gaels take a chance on Pitino and bring him back to NCAA coaching. Hired 3/14/2020.7)

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.
  • Team never finished with a losing record and missed the playoffs each season.

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 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 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 BU 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 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: 2022/03/04 09:40 by mikeuma