Pete Carril

Pete Carril (1930-2022)

Teams coached: Lehigh Mountain HawksPrinceton Tigers
Lehigh record: 11-12 (.478)
Princeton record: 514-261 (.663)
Overall record: 525-273 (.658)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  11  (1969, 1976, 1977, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1996)
  • NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen:  0
  • NIT Championships:  1  (1975)
  • NIT Appearances:  2  (1972, 1975)
  • Ivy League Regular Season Champion:  13  (1968, 1969, 1976, 1977, 1980, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1996)

Awards:

  • Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame (inducted 1997)
  • National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame (inducted 2006)

Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2008-2011 Sacramento Kings (asst)
2007-2008 Washington Wizards (vol. asst)
1996-2006 Sacramento Kings (asst)
1967-1996 Princeton
1966-1967 Lehigh

Pete Carril Facts

  • Peter Joseph Carril
  • Born July 10, 1930
  • Died August 15, 2022
  • Hometown: Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
  • Alma Mater: Lafayette College (BA, 1952)
  • After graduating from Liberty HS (PA), Carril played at Lafayette under head coach Butch Van Breda Kolff
  • Served in the US Army after graduating, right around the time the Korean War was ending
  • Started his coaching career in 1954 as JV coach at Easton HS (PA); from 1958-66, Carril was head coach at Reading HS (PA)
  • Spent one year as the head coach at Lehigh before arriving at Princeton in 1967
  • In 29 years as the head coach of the Princeton Tigers, Carril won 514 games, 13 Ivy League titles, reached the NCAA Tournament 11 times and won the 1975 NIT Championship
    • Carril perfected and popularized the ‘Princeton offense’ first used by former Tigers head coach Cappy Cappon in the 1930s
    • Carril’s large coaching tree (see below) has helped spread the offense across college basketball; the principles of the offense have been used by a number of other head coaches, as well
  • After leaving Princeton in 1996, Carril spent ten seasons as an assistant with the NBA’s Sacramento Kings, working with head coaches Garry St. Jean, Eddie Jordan and Rick Adelman
    • Spent one year as a volunteer assistant for Eddie Jordan and the Washington Wizards
    • Returned to Sacramento in 2008, spending another three seasons as an assistant under Kenny Natt, then Paul Westphal
  • Included in the inaugural 2006 class of the College Basketball HOF and inducted in 2011 to the Naismith HOF
  • Pete Carril passed away in August 2022 at the age of 92

Pete Carril Coaching Tree

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