Rick Pitino

College Basketball Coach
Born Sep 18, 1952

Rick Pitino is an American basketball coach. Since 2001, he has been the head coach at the University of Louisville. He has also served as head coach at Boston University, Providence College and the University of Kentucky, leading that program to the NCAA championship in 1996. He has coached on the professional level for the NBA's New York Knicks and Boston Celtics with mixed results.… Read More

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1952 Birth Born on September 18, 1952.


1970 17 Years Old He enrolled at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1970. … Read More


1974 21 Years Old 1 More Event
Pitino earned his degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass) in 1974. … Read More
1975 22 Years Old Pitino served as Hawaii's interim head coach late in the 1975–76 season. … Read More
1976 23 Years Old Pitino married his wife, the former Joanne Minardi, in 1976. … Read More
1977 24 Years Old 1 More Event
Pitino's time at Hawaii was marred by a 1977 NCAA report on sanctions against the program. … Read More
1978 25 Years Old Pitino's first head coaching job came in 1978 at Boston University. … Read More


1985 32 Years Old Pitino left Boston University to become an assistant coach with the New York Knicks under Hubie Brown. Pitino returned to college coaching to become head coach at Providence College in 1985. … Read More
1989 36 Years Old After spending two years coaching in the NBA, Pitino returned to the college level again in 1989, becoming the coach at Kentucky. … Read More


1993 - 1996 2 More Events
The following year, Pitino's Kentucky team made it back to the national title game, losing to Arizona in overtime in the finals of the 1997 NCAA Tournament. … Read More
1999 46 Years Old Pitino struggled in his roles with the Celtics, and statistics like 1999's 19–31 record made him little better in the eyes of many Boston fans than his inexperienced predecessor, M.L. Carr. … Read More
2001 48 Years Old Their son's death was not the last tragedy for Rick and Joanne. Both were especially hard-hit by the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, as Joanne's brother and Rick's closest friend, Billy Minardi, was working as a bond trader for Cantor Fitzgerald on the 105th floor of the north tower of the World Trade Center when it was struck by American Airlines Flight 11. … Read More


2003 - 2005 2 More Events
2010 57 Years Old On December 20, 2010, the Puerto Rico Basketball Federation announced Rick Pitino as the next head coach for Puerto Rico's Olympic team. … Read More
2011 58 Years Old On April 29, 2011, it was announced that Pitino would not coach the Puerto Rico national team due to scheduling conflicts and NCAA regulations disallowing it.
2012 59 Years Old In 2012, Pitino coached the Cardinals to the Big East tournament championship and a berth as a 4 seed in the West region of the NCAA tournament. The Cardinals defeated Davidson, New Mexico, and top seed Michigan State to advance to the regional final against Florida and his former player and friend Billy Donovan. The Cardinals would go on to win that game, but lost to arch-rivals and eventual national champions Kentucky in the 2012 Final Four.


2013 60 Years Old In 2013, Pitino led the Louisville Cardinals to their third National Championship in an 82-76 win over Michigan to become the first NCAA Division I coach in history to win a championship with two different schools. … Read More
2015 62 Years Old 1 More Event
Pitino coached the Puerto Rican national team at the 2015 FIBA Americas Championships in Mexico City. … Read More
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