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Richard Pitino
Position: Head Coach
Hometown: Providence, R.I.
Alma Mater: Providence
Graduating Year: 2005
Experience: 1st Year
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Richard Pitino Bio
Release: 04/16/2012

On April 16, 2012, Richard Pitino became the seventh coach in the history of the FIU men's basketball program.

"I'm extremely excited for the opportunity to coach here at FIU," Pitino said. "After speaking with FIU President Mark Rosenberg and Pete Garcia, I know that we share the same vision of success. I can't wait to get started. I will pour my heart and soul into this program. FIU and the South Florida community are extremely attractive to student-athletes. I know we have a lot to offer both in the classroom and on the court. The sky is the limit with this university."

Pitino comes to FIU after finishing his third season with the Louisville Cardinals where he served as the team's associate head coach during the 2011-12 campaign. He spent two years (2007-08 & 2008-09) as an assistant coach for the Cardinals following two seasons with the Florida Gators (2009-10 & 2010-11).

"Richard Pitino is one of the top young coaching talents in the nation," Garcia said. "We are looking forward to having him lead our men's basketball team. His experience at such programs as Louisville, Florida and Providence will be invaluable towards our growth. He has had tremendous success with every team he has been associated with during his coaching career. Richard will be a great asset to our University and our basketball program."

In his three years with the Cardinals, UofL produced a combined 88-25 record and reached the NCAA Elite Eight in both the 2007-08 and 2008-09 seasons as well as the NCAA Final Four during the 2011-12 campaign. His efforts also helped the Cards land a pair of top 15 recruiting classes ('07-'08 & '08-'09).

"I'm delighted for Richard," Louisville Head Coach Rick Pitino said. "He has done great things for us here at Louisville. He has had a big impact on our program. Personally, I am going to miss him. Professionally, we are going to miss having him on our bench. His work ethic is second to none. FIU has made a great hire. "

Pitino developed into one of the top young assistants and recruiters in the nation with a reputation as a tireless worker and a comprehensive, detailed scout. He worked at Florida under head coach Billy Donovan, who played under his father at Providence for two years, including the 1986-87 season when the Friars reached the NCAA Final Four. Donovan also served as an assistant coach at Kentucky under his father.

In his two seasons with the Gators, Florida 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. The Gators won the 2011 Southeastern Conference championship and had a 29-7 overall record, ranking 10th in the final ESPN/USA Today poll and 15th by AP.

"It is great to have Richard back in the state of Florida," Florida Head Coach Billy Donovan said. "FIU has hired a tireless worker and an excellent recruiter to build their program. I'm excited for Richard and I'm excited for FIU."

Pitino worked as an assistant coach under Ron Everhart at Duquesne for one year prior to joining the UofL staff. He helped the Dukes more than triple its victories from a year prior to their arrival, posting a 10-18 record in 2006-07 after inheriting a team that had won just three of its 27 games. Pitino also worked with Everhart one year at Northeastern (2005-06) when the Huskies built a 19-11 record and 12-6 mark in the Colonial Athletic Association. Pitino served as an administrative assistant under Tom Herrion at the College of Charleston during the Cougars' 18-10 season in 2004-05.

Pitino, who earned his bachelor's degree in history at Providence College in 2005, spent two seasons as a manager for the Friar's men's basketball team. In his junior year, Providence reached the school's highest national ranking of No. 12 (AP) and earned an NCAA Tournament appearance.

While at Providence, Pitino also served as an assistant coach at Saint 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.

He is married to the former Jill Urbanus and they have one daughter, Ava Catherine.