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Massachusetts Alum Rick Pitino Selected For Induction Into Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

Rick Pitino graduated from UMass in 1974.

Rick Pitino graduated from UMass in 1974.

April 8, 2013

Former Massachusetts alumnus Rick Pitino is among the 12-member class that will be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, as announced on Monday.

The enshrinement ceremony for the Class of 2013 will take place Sept. 6-8, 2013, in Springfield, Mass.

He joins former Minuteman great Julius Erving as UMass alumni in the Basketball Hall of Fame.

The Oyster Bay, N.Y. native was at UMass from 1970-74, playing on the freshman team in 70-71 and the varsity squad for two seasons from 72-74. His varsity teams went 41-12 overall, 21-3 in the Yankee Conference, won two league titles and went to the NIT both years.

The point guard left UMass with 329 career assists to rank second all-time (that stat is currently 11th). He led the team in assists during his junior and senior years. His 168 helpers in 1973-74 were a school record at the time and are currently 10th at UMass.

He went on to a successful coaching career that has spanned more than 30 years. He is the only coach in NCAA history to take three different teams - Providence, Kentucky and Louisville - to the NCAA Final Four.


From the Naismith Hall of Fame
RICK PITINO [Coach] -- Pitino is the only coach in men's history to lead three different schools to NCAA Final Four appearances as he did with Providence College, University of Kentucky and University of Louisville. He led Kentucky to the 1996 National Championship and then reached the title game again with the Wildcats the following year. He has won over 600 games in his collegiate career, reached the Final Four seven different times (1987, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2005, 2011 and 2013), led his teams to 21 postseason appearances and won nine conference tournament championships. He earned Coach of the Year honors from different sources three different years. Pitino also held two stints as an NBA head coach with the New York Knicks and Boston Celtics, leading the Knicks to two playoff appearances.

 

 

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