RICHARD PITINO

Game 809 | July 9, 2013 | Richard Pitino
Son of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino, the 31-year-old Gopher basketball coach met with Dunkers shortly after being named to succeed Tubby Smith. The new coach said he had learned under two of the best coaches in the game, his father and Florida coach Billy Donovan. He came to the Gophers from Florida International where he took a young and inexperienced team to an 18-14 record in his first year as a college head coach.


Game 835 | January 15, 2015 | Richard Pitino
The Gopher Basketball coach, playing with a team mostly recruited by Tubby Smith, won the NIT Championship in 2014, setting a school record with 25 victories. Coach Pitino visited Dunkers early in the 2014-15 Big Ten season. His team finished the season tied for 10th in the conference with an overall record of 18-15 with prospects of a very young team the following year.


Game 856 | February 16, 2016 | Richard Pitino
Coach Pitino's young Gopher basketball team got off to a bad start and finished 8-23 with only two wins in Big Ten conference play. One of those two conference wins was the highlight of the season with the Gophers getting knocking off #6 ranked Maryland at Williams Arena 68-63 on February 18 in front of 10,768 fans.


(LtoR) Dave Mona, Richard Pitino, Beth Goetz (physician), Chris Wright


Game 881 | June 8, 2017 | Richard Pitino
Two months before his appearance at Dunkers, the Gopher basketball coach was named Big Ten Coach of the Year. The previous season featured a major turnaround for the Gophers who finished 24-10 and earned a spot in the NCAA Tournament field. The previous year the team finished 8-23 and Pitino recalled that he appeared before Dunkers when his team had lost 11 straight games.


(LtoR) Dave Mona, John Cunningham (physician), Richard Pitino, Pete Kostroski


Game 893 | March 14, 2018 | Richard Pitino
Heading into his sixth year as Gopher coach, Pitino said incoming freshman Daniel Oturu of Cretin was the best player in the state of Minnesota and will play in the NBA some day. He carefully explained the new NCAA Final Four selection criteria that gives heavy credit to victories over teams ranked in the Top 25. He said the criteria is going to have a major effect on the scheduling of tougher, pre-season opponents as 20 victories is no longer a lock to make the Final Four field.


(LtoR) Nancy Lindahl, Richard Pitino, Brad Sherman (physician), Dave Mona

Game 909 | February 19, 2019 | Richard Pitino


(LtoR) Dave Mona, Jamal Abu-Shamala (physician), Richard Pitino, Lester Bagley


WIKIPEDIA: Richard Pitino


RETURN TO: SPEAKERS LIST