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The only men’s coach in NCAA who has the honor and history to lead three different schools to a Final Four, Richard Andrew “Rick” Pitino is an American basketball coach. Regarded as one of the best in the game Rick is not only the second-highest-paid coach, but he also has lived through scandals, extortion attempts, and affairs and overcame it all.
Rick is not only a highly successful basketball coach; he is also an author and motivational speaker. This talented man who has always loved the game continues to be one of the most successful coaches in the history of American basketball.
Height / Weight / Age
Born on September 18th, 1952, the former University of Kentucky and University of Louisville men’s basketball coach Rick Pitino is currently 70 years old. Rick has a height of 5’ 10” in feet and weighs 70 kg approximately. Rick also has a very rare eye color which is moss green and grey colored hair, also known as salt and paper hair color.
During the 2014-15 seasons Pitino’s $5,758,338 per year salary made him the second-highest-paid men’s basketball coach. Rick Pitino has a net worth of $45 million dollars which he earned mostly from his coaching in men’s basketball. Pitino listed his 12,000-square-foot Miami mansion which he purchased in 1999 for $29 million.
In November 2017 and a month later he dropped the asking price to $26 million. He purchased the mansion for 5.4 million dollars. Rick has also established the Daniel Pitino Foundation in the memory of his son Daniel through which millions of dollars were raised for children in need.
Education / Family
Born and brought up in New York, Rick Pitino was the captain of his school basketball team at St. Dominic High School and loved playing basketball from a young age. He also played as a standout guard for the Minutemen basketball team when he was attending the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1970. He married Joanne Minardi in 1976 and the couple had six children of which Daniel died as a child.
Richard Andrew Pitino
|Birth Place||New York City, New York|
|Date Of Birth||September 18, 1952|
|Height||In centimetres – 178 cm
In feet inches – 5’ 10”
|Weight||In Kilograms – 70 kg
In Pounds – 154 lbs
|Eye Color||Moss Green|
|Hair Color||Salt & Pepper|
|Profession||American Basketball Coach|
|School||St. Dominic High School, New York|
|College||University of Massachusetts Amherst, Massachusetts, United States|
|Home Town||Bayville, New York|
|Fathers Name||Not Known|
|Mothers Name||Not Known|
Career / Fashion And Style
After his graduation in 1974, Rick started serving as Hawaii’s interim head coach. In 1978 he was hired as the head coach by Boston University and helped to change the team’s fortunes. He became an assistant coach with the New York Knicks after leaving Boston for the seasons 1983-85.
He was later selected to be the coach at Kentucky in 1989. He took up the task of coaching the University of Louisville in 2001 after he went to the NBA in 1997. He led the team to the Big East tournament championship in 2012 where they won the regional final but lost in the Final Four.
Girlfriends, Affairs, Wife and More
|Girlfriend||Karen Cunagin Sypher
|Children||Daughter – Jacqueline Pitino
Son – Richard Pitino, Christopher Pitino
Daniel Pitino (died March 8, 1987)
Ryan Pitino, Michael Pitino
Some Interesting Facts About Rick Pitino
- Pitino made his team a promise to his team about midway through the 2012-13 seasons that he would get a tattoo if they won it all and when Cardinals came through and Pitino stayed true on his promise and got a tattoo.
- Like father like son, Richard Pitino, The 32-year-old coach and son of Rick Pitino has been following in the footsteps of his father since 2004.
- Pitino admitted to having engaged in sexual relations with Karen Cunagin Sypher in 2003. Pitino claims that he gave her $3,000 for abortion. Pitino and His Wife Joanne have outlasted this affair and extortion.
- Pitino is the second-highest-paid men’s basketball coach after Blue Devils Mike Krzyzewski.
- “Born to Coach” is an autobiography published by Pitino in 1988.
- Pitino has spent almost nine years coaching in the NBA and during this time he has had two NBA Coaching Stints. He has briefly coached the Boston Celtics and New York Knicks.
- He was a teammate of “Dr. J” Julius Erving in his freshman year.
- Pitino led the University of Louisville team to the Final Four, their 1st ever in 19 years in 2001after he took up the task of coaching.
- The Puerto Rico Basketball Federation appointed Pitino 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.