Richard Pitino
Richard  Pitino

Position:
Head Coach

Alma Mater:
Providence College

Graduated:
2005


02/22/2017

Minnesota Beats No. 24 Maryland 89-75

The Gophers earned a key road victory on Wednesday night.

02/15/2017

Springs Hits Winner in 75-74 Victory Over Indiana

Springs Hits Winner in 75-74 win vs. Indiana

01/27/2016

Minnesota Falls Short to No. 21 Purdue, 68-64

Nate Mason had 15 points and a career-high 12 assists for the Gophers.

03/08/2015

Gophers Edged by Penn State on Senior Day

Minnesota will be seeded 11th or 12th and play a first round game on Wednesday afternoon in the Big Ten tournament.

03/08/2015

Postgame Notes: Minnesota 76, Penn State 79

Postgame Notes

On Friday, April 5, Richard Pitino was named the University of Minnesota's 17th head coach of Golden Gopher men's basketball.

"We are excited to welcome Coach Pitino to the University of Minnesota," said University President Eric Kaler. "Pitino brings the energy, skill, passion and commitment we need to lead our program and develop our student-athletes, both on and off the court."

Pitino comes to Gold Country after spending one season at the helm of the Florida International University (FIU) basketball program. Prior to his arrival in South Florida, FIU had not had a winning season since 1999-2000 and in the three seasons before his hiring posted a combined record of 26-65.

"Coach Pitino is the right fit for our university, basketball program and student-athletes," said Director of Athletics Norwood Teague. "We were impressed with the turnaround at Florida International and his prior success with Louisville and Florida. We look forward to working with Richard to build a successful long-term program."

In just one season, Pitino led the program to 18 wins, the fourth-most in program history, and its first appearance in the Sun Belt Conference Tournament championship game. FIU finished with 11 conference wins on the season, the most by a Panther team since joining the Sun Belt Conference.

"It is an unbelievable honor to have the opportunity to lead the University of Minnesota program," said Pitino. "I want to thank President Kaler, Norwood Teague and the rest of the administration for believing I am the right person to build this program and develop its student-athletes. I look forward to working with Norwood, our student-athletes and the entire athletic department."

Prior to leading FIU, Pitino served as the Associate Head Coach for one season and an assistant for two other seasons under his father, Rick, at Louisville. In three years overall with the Cardinals, he helped the program to a combined 88-25 record, a pair of NCAA Elite Eight berths (2008 and 2009) and one NCAA Final Four appearance (2012). His efforts also helped the Cards land two of top 15 recruiting classes in his three years (2007-08 and 2008-09).

Pitino also spent time as an assistant for two seasons under Billy Donovan at Florida. In his time with the Gators, the club was a combined 50-20 with back-to back NCAA Tournament appearances, including reaching the 2011 NCAA Southeast Regional finals before falling to NCAA runner-up Butler.

Pitino has also spent time as an assistant at Duquesne (2006-07) as well as at Northeastern (2005-06) and served as an administrative assistant at the College of Charleston (2005).

Coaching Experience

2013-Present Head Coach University of Minnesota
2012-13 Head Coach Florida International
2011-12 Associate Head Coach University of Louisville
2009-11 Assistant Coach University of Florida
2007-09 Assistant Coach University of Louisville
2006-07 Assistant Coach Duquesne University
2005-06 Assistant Coach Northeastern University
2005 Administrative Assistant College of Charleston

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