|Title||College Basketball Analyst
CBS Sports Network
June 20, 1947 |
Brooklyn, New York
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
Notre Dame (asst.)
|Head coaching record|
|Accomplishments and honors|
1994 FIBA World Championship Gold Medal
Xavier University Sports Hall of Fame
Greater Cincinnati Basketball Hall of Fame
5-Star Basketball Hall of Fame
Jim Valvano Nike Basketball Hall of Fame
New York City Basketball Hall of Fame
Pete Gillen (born June 20, 1947) is an American former college basketball head coach of the Division I Xavier Musketeers, Providence Friars and Virginia Cavaliers and is a member of the New York City Basketball Hall of Fame. Gillen is currently a college basketball analyst with the CBS Sports Network.
Gillen was two sport athlete in baseball and basketball at Fairfield University where he received his bachelor’s degree in English Literature in 1968.
Coach Gillen began his coaching career at his high school alma mater Brooklyn Prep while he was an English teacher at a Catholic elementary school in the Windsor Terrace section of Brooklyn, Holy Name of Jesus (1970 -1973). He soon moved to the collegiate level when he joined the coaching staff of the University of Hawaii Rainbow Warriors, with Rick Pitino as one of his fellow assistants. Gillen followed that with subsequent assistant coaching stints at the Virginia Military Institute; Villanova University under Rollie Massimino, and the University of Notre Dame under Digger Phelps from 1980 to 1985.
At Xavier, Gillen compiled an impressive record, taking the Musketeers to the NCAA tournament seven times and to the NIT tournament once (1994). Gillen is still the most successful coach in school history at Xavier, having won 202 games in the third-longest tenure ever for a XU coach.
Following his success at Xavier, Gillen was hired at Providence to replace Rick Barnes, who had left to coach Clemson University. He followed PC's 1994 Big East title with two trips to the NIT before the Friars' 1997 run to the Elite Eight, upsetting Marquette and Duke and beating Chattanooga before losing in overtime to eventual national champion Arizona.
Following a tough 1997–98 year, where he lost four starters (three to graduation, and one (God Shammgod) to the NBA draft), Gillen moved on, replacing Jeff Jones at Virginia, who resigned on March 15, 1998 after eight years as the Cavaliers’ head coach. Gillen's seven Virginia teams compiled an overall record of 118–93 and competed in five postseason tournaments. The Cavaliers participated in the 2001 NCAA Tournament and in the National Invitation Tournament four times. He resigned after the 2004–05 season. Gillen was notorious for his philosophy of expeditiously calling timeouts as he felt needed – routinely using most, if not all, of his teams' allotted timeouts in the first half of games.
In September 2008, Gillen was inducted into the New York City Basketball Hall of Fame along with NBA stars Kenny Anderson, Sam Perkins and Rod Strickland, and pioneers Lou Bender and Eddie Younger.
Gillen is currently a college basketball analyst with the CBS Sports Network.
Head coaching record
|Xavier Musketeers (Midwestern Collegiate) (1985–1994)|
|1985–86||Xavier||25–5||10–2||1st||NCAA 1st Round|
|1986–87||Xavier||19–13||7–5||T–3rd||NCAA 2nd Round|
|1987–88||Xavier||26–4||9–1||1st||NCAA 1st Round|
|1988–89||Xavier||21–12||7–5||3rd||NCAA 1st Round|
|1989–90||Xavier||28–5||12–2||1st||NCAA Sweet 16|
|1990–91||Xavier||22–10||11–3||1st||NCAA 2nd Round|
|1992–93||Xavier||24–6||12–2||T–1st||NCAA 2nd Round|
|1993–94||Xavier||22–8||8–2||1st||NIT 3rd Round|
|Providence Friars (Big East) (1994–1998)|
|1994–95||Providence||17–13||7–11||T–6th||NIT 2nd Round|
|1995–96||Providence||18–12||9–9||3rd(BE7)||NIT 2nd Round|
|1996–97||Providence||24–12||10–8||2nd(BE7)||NCAA Elite 8|
|Virginia Cavaliers (ACC) (1998–2005)|
|1999–00||Virginia||19–12||9–7||3rd||NIT 1st Round|
|2000–01||Virginia||20–9||9–7||4th||NCAA 1st Round|
|2001–02||Virginia||17–12||7–9||T–5th||NIT 1st Round|
|2002–03||Virginia||16–16||6–10||T–6th||NIT 2nd Round|
|2003–04||Virginia||18–13||6–10||T–7th||NIT 2nd Round|
- Plenty of star power at NYC HOF ceremony
- Mallozzi, Vincent M. "City’s Basketball Hall Welcomes 98-Year-Old Inductee", The New York Times, September 17, 2008. Accessed September 14, 2009.
- 1994 USA Basketball