Who Is Rick Pitino's Son Richard Pitino Married To?
Here are all the details you need to know about the wife and married life of Rick Pitino's son Richard Pitino.
Rick Pitino's reputation in basketball coaching is well-known among college basketball fans. Even if you don't watch the NCAA, you certainly might be familiar with the coach's record of 629–234 with the 0.732 winning percentage — the achievement which ranked him 10th among active coaches in the 2012 season and 29th among all-time collegiate basketball coaches.
Lately hired by Iona College as the head coach of their basketball team, Rick's return to college basketball was unprecedented after his latest scandal. He was fired from the University of Louisville for the offense of illegally paying the player's families to secure their recruitment.
Richard Pitino returned to college basketball as the head coach of Iona College's basketball team.
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Brushing aside his past controversies, let's focus more on the coach's personal life. With his son Richard Jr. Pitino also a head coach of Minnesota Golden Gophers men's basketball team, it's evident that the sport runs in the family. But now, let's just look at his married life; the wife and children of Richard Pitino.
Who Is Rick Pitino's Son Richard Pitino Married To? The Complete Love Story
Richard Pitino is currently married to Jill Urbanus Pitino. They together share a daughter named Ava Catherine, a younger son, Jack Pitino, and also a younger daughter, Zoe Pitino. Jill is around 38 years old, about a year older than 37-year-old Richard.
Richard Pitino is currently married to his wife Jill Urbanus Pitino.
The story between the two starts when they were in high school. But they were not studying in the same one. Jill is a Boston College graduate, while Richard is a Providence College graduate. The two started dating since those high school days.
The wife still remembers how hardworking Richard was in college. "He's very driven," Jill told Pioneer Press in 2013. "Even in college, he worked harder than any kid I’ve ever seen. He worked at a high school when he was in college. The other kids were out partying, and he was getting up early and driving to go to high school practice. I’ve always known him just to work hard."
The kids are always around Richard somewhere on the court.
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The two got married sometime around 2007/2008 and have been together ever since. The exact date is not publicly available, but Ava is around 10 years old. Meanwhile, Jack was born April 21, 2014, after Pitino came back home from the Gophers basketball team's NIT championship win in NYC.
According to him, Jack's birth actually helped him reflect on his involvement in Ava's life. He's been a better father since then and often brings her when he's coaching during games as she loves his work too. He was since often going to her dance center in Edina to pick her up and even catch some of her practice time.
He's learnt to balance family and work very well.
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Meanwhile, Zoe was born in 2016. The kids are very invested in sports like their father and grandfather Rick. Ava likes to play soccer but has also practiced golf, tennis and swimming. Jack is also learning basketball with a little hoop in his room. The sports "give my wife some reprieve," the coach says. He's learnt to deal with raising a big family and coaching a big team (check the link for a great video) for quite a while now.
A Brief Information on Rick Pitino's Career
Most of his career included assistant coaching at various colleges like the College of Charleston, Northeastern, Duquesne, Louisville, and Florida.
Richard's early coaching career started as an assistant coach at various colleges.
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His transition from an assistant manager to head coach came in 2012 when he became nominated of the managing position at Florida International University's basketball team. He secured an 18-14 record in his first season there, which was FIU's first winning season since 1999-2000 and most wins overall since 1997-98.
After a year of coaching at FIU, Richard went to the University of Minnesota to replace their coach Tubby Smith. A year following his appointment, Richard won his first NIT Championship defeating the SMU team by the score 65-63. The win was the Gophers' first NIT championship since 1998.
Richard won FIU's first NIT championship since 1998.
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However, Richard had a bad third year. But he compensated the deficit by making a notable win-statistic of 16 wins the following year. This helped him earn the 'Big Ten Coach of the Year' award on March 6, 2017. He led the team to the Round of 32 in the 2019 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament but lost to Michigan State.
Well, that's all you need to know about the son of Rick Pitino, Richard Pitino's career and married life.
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