Pete Gillen

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Pete Gillen
Pete gillen april 2000.jpg
Sport(s) Basketball
Current position
Title College Basketball Analyst
CBS Sports Network
Biographical details
Born (1947-06-20) June 20, 1947 (age 69)
Brooklyn, New York
Playing career
1965–1968 Fairfield
Position(s) Guard
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1975–1976 Hawaii (asst.)
1976–1978 VMI (asst.)
1978–1980 Villanova (asst.)
1980–1985 Notre Dame (asst.)
1985–1994 Xavier
1994–1998 Providence
1998–2005 Virginia
Head coaching record
Overall 392–221 (.639)
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.[1] Gillen is currently a college basketball analyst with the CBS Sports Network.


Playing career[edit]

Gillen was two sport athlete in baseball and basketball at Fairfield University where he received his bachelor's degree in English Literature in 1968.

Coaching career[edit]

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.[2]

He was head basketball coach at Xavier University from 1985 to 1994, Providence College from 1994 to 1998, and the University of Virginia from 1998 to 2005.

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.[3]

USA Basketball[edit]

Coach Gillen was an assistant coach under Don Nelson for the US national team during the 1994 FIBA World Championship, winning the gold medal.[4]

Broadcasting career[edit]

Gillen is currently a college basketball analyst with the CBS Sports Network.

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
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
1991–92 Xavier 15–12 7–3 T–2nd
1992–93 Xavier 24–6 12–2 T–1st NCAA 2nd Round
1993–94 Xavier 22–8 8–2 1st NIT 3rd Round
Xavier: 202–75 83–25
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
1997–98 Providence 13–16 7–11 4th(BE7)
Providence: 72–53 33–39
Virginia Cavaliers (ACC) (1998–2005)
1998–99 Virginia 14–16 4–12 9th
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
2004–05 Virginia 14–15 4–12 T–10th
Virginia: 118–93 45–67
Total: 392–221

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion