Rick Pitino (American basketball coach) Bio, Age, Wiki, Affair, Height, Net Worth

Rick Pitino (American basketball coach) Bio, Age, Wiki, Affair, Height, Net Worth

Facts of Richard Andrew Pitino

Full Name: Richard Andrew Pitino
Age: 69 years 10 months
Birth Date: September 18, 1952
Horoscope: Virgo
Lucky Number: 8
Lucky Stone: Sapphire
Lucky Color: Green
Best Match for Marriage: Taurus, Capricorn
Birth Place: New York City, New York
Marital Status: Married
Gender: male
Husband / Wife Name: Joanne Minardi
Profession: Basketball coach
Education: University of Massachusetts Amherst
Weight: 75 kg
Height / How tall? : 6 feet 0 inches (1.83m)
Salary: $7.7 million
Net Worth: $45 million
Nationality: American
Hair Color: Light brown
Eye Color: Brown
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Rick Pitino is an American basketball coach. He is the leader of the Kentucky and Louisville to an NCAA National Championship, which again is a record in NCAA history.

He is a Hall of Famer and National Title-winning coach.

What is Rick Pitino Famous For?

  • Is a basketball coach.
  • Helped to win Kentucky to win NCCA National Championship.

Rick Pitino: Age, Bio, Parents, Family, Siblings, Childhood, Ethnicity

Rick Pitino was born Richard Andrew Pitino on 18 September 1952 in New York City, New York. He was born and brought up in New York. But, Rick has not shared any information about his siblings and parents. He was interested in playing basketball since his early age and was the captain of his school basketball team at St. Dominic High School. Rick holds American citizenship but his ethnicity is unknown.

Education Details

He went to the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1970 and played as a standout guard for the Minutemen basketball team. Also, Rick led his team in assists both as a junior and senior. He graduated from the university in 1974.

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All About Rick Pitino’s Career

Initially, he worked as a graduate assistant at the University of Hawaii in 1974. After a year, he moved up to become a full-time assistant, eventually serving as Hawaii’s interim head coach during the 1975-76 season.

Later, he was hired as the head coach by Boston University in 1978. Prior to his arrival, the team was performing very miserably. He helped to change the team’s fortunes for the better and led them to their first NCAA appearance in 24 years.

Then he became an assistant coach with the New York Knicks under Hubie Brown for the seasons 1983-85. In 1985, he became the head coach at Providence College whose team was not performing well. Within two years he led them to the Final Four.

In 1989, he was selected to be the coach at Kentucky. At the time of his joining the team was reeling under the after-effects of a scandal involving their former coach Eddie Sutton.

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Pitino worked hard to earn back the team’s reputation and led them to the Final Four in the 1993 NCAA Tournament. He also helped the team win a national title in the 1996 NCAA Tournament.

Louisville defeated Boise State, Oklahoma, and Tennessee to advance to the Elite Eight in the 2008 NCAA tournament. However, they were defeated by North Carolina.

Also, he was selected by The Puerto Rico Basketball Federation as the next head coach for Puerto Rico’s Olympic team in 2010. However, he could not take up this assignment due to NCAA regulations which disallowed it.

Coach of NCAA

He is the only coach in NCAA history to lead three different teams to the NCAA Final Four. He won the NABC Coach of the Year Award presented by the National Association of Basketball Coaches in 1987 while he was coaching Providence.

Rumors and Controversies:

He became the target of extortion in 2009 along with Karen Cunagin Sypher, demanding Rick give her money and cars after the pair had a sexual encounter at a restaurant in Louiseville in 2003 and became pregnant. However, Rick claimed that the sex was consensual and Karen was sentenced to seven years in prison in 2011.

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Caption: Rick Pitino (Source: New York Post)

Rick Pitino: Net Worth

Rick has an estimated net worth of $45 million dollars and earned around $7.7 million as the head coach of Louisiana in 2017.

Is Rick Pitino married? Wife, Children, Marriage

He married Joanne Minardi on April 3, 1976. He and his wife have five children: Michael, Christopher, Richard(Rick Pitino Jr), Ryan, and Jacqueline. They also had another son, Daniel, who died in 1987 from congenital heart failure at age six months.

The couple established the Daniel Pitino Foundation in his memory through which they raised millions of dollars for children in need.

He lost his best friend and brother-in-law Billy Minardi in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

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Rick Pitino: Height, Weight, Eye Color

He has a height of 6 ft and weighs around 75 kg. Also, he has light brown hair and brown eyes.

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Caption: Rick Pitino(Source: Forbes)

Is Rick Pitino active on social media?

He has around 63k followers on Twitter but he is absent on Facebook and Instagram.

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Did You Know?

  • He revealed that he deserved to be fired from Nashville.
  • Rick is the only coach in history to win NCAA national championships at two different schools.
  • Currently, he has been named the head coach at Iona.
  • He is an author of the book titled, Success is a Choice.