Rick Pitino’s retirement plans
Louisville head coach Rick Pitino has said that he does not plan to coach much longer.
According to The Associated Press, the legendary head coach plans to retire in the end of the 2016-2017 season. Pitino cited his age as one of the factors as to why he plans to retire after his current contract expires.
“When you’re 59, you’re realistic that you don’t have a whole lot of years left. My contract’s going to run out in 2017. I’m not coaching any more after that.”
Pitino’s ballclub is currently ranked fourth, and has an undefeated record at 12-0. Pitino has taken three different teams to the Final Four, which is something that no other college coach can boast about. According to umasshoops.com, throughout his illustrious collegiate coaching career, Pitino has only been able to win one championship with the Kentucky Wildcats, during the 1995-1996 season.
Pitino has also coached on the professional level. He has coached two different NBA ballclubs, the New York Knicks and the Boston Celtics. Pitino has not had much success on the professional level, as most of his coaching accolades have come from collegiate basketball.
This Saturday, Pitino’s Louisville will face his former team, the number three ranked Kentucky Wildcats. This season could very well be the year that sees Pitino win his second national championship.