When head coach Billy Donovan lost his third assistant to a head coaching job in four seasons, he went back to his own personal roots, hiring Richard Pitino, son of mentor and Louisville head coach Rick Pitino in April of 2009. Beginning his second season at UF as one of the top young assistants and recruiters in the game, Pitino has already paid dividends for the Gators.
In his first season at UF Pitino developed a reputation as a tireless recruiter and a thorough and detail-oriented scout. Among his critical scouts in his first year at UF were victories against Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Georgia and Rutgers.
Pitino spent the previous two years as an assistant at Louisville, helping the Cardinals to the No. 1 overall seed in the 2009 NCAA Tournament and back-to-back Elite Eights.
Louisville went 58-15 overall in Pitino’s two years on the staff, including a Big East title in 2009 and a 30-6 two-year record within the conference.
Prior to coming to Louisville, Pitino spent two years on Ron Everhart’s staffs at Northeastern (2005-06) and Duquesne (2006-07). He spent the 2004-05 season as an administrative assistant under Tom Herrion at the College of Charleston.
Pitino, 27, is a 2005 graduate of the Providence College. He spent two seasons as a manager for the Friar’s basketball program.
While at Providence, Pitino served as an assistant coach at St. Andrew’s School in Barrington, R.I. for two years. In his first season the team finished the year ranked 25th in the nation by USA Today and won the New England Prep School Championship.
RICHARD PITINO FILE
|2004-05||Administrative Assistant, College of Charleston|
|2005-06||Assistant Coach, Northeastern|
|2006-07||Assistant Coach, Duquesne|
|2007-09||Assistant Coach, Louisville|
|2009-present||Assistant Coach, Florida|
Education: Providence College, Bachelor’s Degree in History, 2005
Date of Birth: September 16, 1982
Family: Married to Jill Pitino