Richard Pitino

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Not to be confused with his father, Louisville Cardinals head coach Rick Pitino.
Richard Pitino
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Pitino in 2013
Sport(s) Basketball
Current position
Title Head coach
Team Minnesota
Conference Big Ten
Record 75–61 (.551)
Biographical details
Born (1982-09-16) September 16, 1982 (age 34)
Alma mater Providence
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
2004–2005 College of Charleston (admin. asst.)
2005–2006 Northeastern (asst.)
2006–2007 Duquesne (asst.)
2007–2009 Louisville (asst.)
2009–2011 Florida (asst.)
2011–2012 Louisville (associate HC)
2012–2013 FIU
2013–present Minnesota
Head coaching record
Overall 93–75 (.554)
Tournaments NCAA: 0–1
NIT: 5–0
Accomplishments and honors
NIT Championship (2014)
Big Ten Coach of the Year (2017)

Richard William Pitino (born September 16, 1982) is the head coach of the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers men's basketball team. He is the son of Louisville's head coach, Rick Pitino. After attending St. Sebastian's School in Needham, Massachusetts, Richard Pitino earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history at Providence College in 2005. During his time at Providence, Pitino was the manager for the Friars men's basketball team under Tim Welsh. For two years, he also served as an assistant coach for Saint Andrew's School in nearby Barrington, Rhode Island.

Assistant coaching career[edit]

In 2004-2005, he worked as an administrative assistant under Tom Herrion at the College of Charleston. In 2005, he was hired by coach Ron Everhart to serve as assistant coach at Northeastern University and followed Everhart to Duquesne University the following year. He was hired on at Louisville in October.[1]

He left the University of Louisville and accepted a position to work under Billy Donovan at the University of Florida on April 17, 2009.[2]

He left Florida on April 12, 2011, to become the associate head coach at Louisville.

Head coaching career[edit]

Florida International University[edit]

Pitino left his position as the associate head coach at Louisville to become the head coach at FIU on April 15, 2012 replacing Isiah Thomas. [3] With only six players remaining from the previous season, and not all of them on scholarship, Pitino cobbled together a team and coached a high-pressure defense that finished eighth in the nation in steals. He was able to compile an 18-14 record (11-9 in the Sun Belt conference) in his first season as head coach. His FIU team had the best conference record in school history. Additionally, FIU reached the Sun Belt Tournament Title game as a four seed, before falling to Western Kentucky in the tournament championship game, 65-63.

University of Minnesota[edit]

On April 3, 2013, despite having only one year of head coaching experience at FIU, Pitino was hired to become the head coach at the University of Minnesota[4] replacing Tubby Smith.

On April 1, 2014, in Pitino's first season at Minnesota, the Golden Gophers defeated Florida State University 67–64 in overtime in the NIT semifinals, breaking a school record with its 24th win of the season.[5] On April 3, 2014, exactly one year to the date he was hired, Pitino won his first NIT Championship by defeating coach Larry Brown's SMU team 65–63, securing a school record 25th win.[6]

Following a historically bad third-year at Minnesota, Coach Pitino orchestrated an impressive turnaround by improving the team's record by 16 wins, utilizing a revamped roster that included five new contributors. The turnaround helped earn Richard Pitino the Big Ten Coach of the Year award on March 6th, 2017.[7] This was just the second Big Ten coach of the year award in Minnesota school history, and Minnesota's first since 1982. That season Pitino guided the Gophers to an 11-7 record in the Big Ten, which was Minnesota's most wins in conference in 20 years.

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
FIU Panthers (Sun Belt Conference) (2012–2013)
2012–13 FIU 18–14 11–9 5th (East)
FIU: 18–14 (.563) 11–9 (.550)
Minnesota Golden Gophers (Big Ten Conference) (2013–present)
2013–14 Minnesota 25–13 8–10 7th NIT Champions
2014–15 Minnesota 18–15 6–12 T–10th
2015–16 Minnesota 8–23 2–16 13th
2016–17 Minnesota 24–10 11–7 4th NCAA First Round
Minnesota: 75–61 (.551) 27–45 (.375)
Total: 93–75 (.554)

      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


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