Richard Pitino

Richard Pitino (born September 16, 1982)

Current position: Head men’s basketball coach
Current team: New Mexico Lobos
Current conference: Mountain West Conference (MWC)
FIU record: 18-14 (.563)
Minnesota record: 141-123 (.540)
New Mexico record: 61-41 (.598)
Overall record: 220-178 (.553)

Career Accomplishments:


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2021-present New Mexico
2013-2021 Minnesota
2012-2013 FIU
2011-2012 Louisville (assoc. HC)
2009-2011 Florida (asst)
2007-2009 Louisville (asst)
2006-2007 Duquesne (asst)
2005-2006 Northeastern (asst)
2004-2005 College of Charleston (admin. asst)

Richard Pitino Facts

  • Richard William Pitino
  • Born September 16, 1982
  • Hometown: Boston, Massachusetts
  • Alma Mater: Providence College (BA, 2005)
  • Father is Hall of Fame and NCAA champion head coach Rick Pitino, currently at St. John’s
  • Born in Boston where his father was at BU, Richard attended St. Sebastian’s School (MA) and Providence College (RI)
    • Served as a student manager for the Friars under head coach Tim Welsh while pursuing his undergrad
    • Also coached at nearby Saint Andrew’s School in Barrington, RI
  • First D-I coaching job was as an administrative assistant for head coach Tom Herrion at the College of Charleston
  • Worked as an assistant under Ron Everhart for two seasons, one each at Northeastern and Duquesne
  • Spent three years on his father’s staff at Louisville, first as an assistant (2007-09), then as associate head coach (2011-12)
    • In between, spent two seasons on Billy Donovan‘s staff at Florida
  • Hired in 2012 to be the head coach at Florida International, going 18-14 in his lone season with the Panthers
  • Became the head coach at Minnesota in April 2013, winning the 2014 NIT in his first season on the job
    • Following two tough seasons, UM finished fourth in the 2016-17 Big Ten and earned a 5-seed in the NCAA Tournament
    • In March 2021, Minnesota announced that it would part ways with Pitino; he was 141-123 over eight seasons
  • Less than 24 hours later, Pitino was announced as the next head coach at New Mexico
    • After a 13-19 first season, his 2022-23 team won 22 games and was ranked as high as #21 in the AP Poll
    • Won the MWC Tournament to reach the NCAA Tournament in 2024, both first for the program since 2014

Richard Pitino Coaching Tree