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Rick Pitino    

Head Coach of Iona College Men's Basketball Team

Hall of Fame Coach Rick Pitino was named head basketball coach of Iona College on March 14, 2020. Pitino has taken four different programs to the NCAA tournament and coached two national championship teams. During his 32 seasons as a collegiate head coach, coach Pitino has a 770-271 overall record and a 54-19 record in the NCAA Tournament. He became the first coach to take three different schools to the NCAA Final Four and first coach to win an NCAA Championship at two different schools. Pitino holds the third highest winning percentage in NCAA Tournament games (.740) among all active coaches.

Pitino, who has a stellar reputation for success on the court and a dedication to student-athlete academic success, has served as head coach of the University of Louisville (2001-2017, winning the 2013 NCAA Championship), University of Kentucky (1989-1997, winning the 1996 NCAA Championship), Providence College (1985-1987), Boston University (1978-1983) and Hawaii (last six games 1975-1976). And, while often choosing to do so anonymously, Pitino has served as a charitable benefactor for a broad spectrum of worthy causes.

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Success Is a Choice

Rick Pitino takes the same proven methods that have earned him and his teams legendary status in the NCAA to give you a plan of attack for achieving extraordinary success in your own life. Rick Pitino's ten-step plan isn't for quitters or for people looking for the easy road to success. But neither is it for the superstar talents or those with a Midas touch who expect their luck to hold forever. "Success Is a Choice" is for anyone who is serious about making dreams reality. It's a tool for preparing yourself for the challenges you face - from developing habits and discipline that will get you started down the path to success to learning the value of ferocious persistence as you begin to reach and surpass your goals. Basketball fans have already recognized Rick Pitino's ability to get the most from his players. His message applies just as well off the court. An inspiring step-by-step program that will motivate almost anyone to perform better, "Success Is a Choice" can make a remarkable difference in your own life.


Men's basketball coach Rick Pitino 'effectively fired' amid FBI probe ...
University of Louisville men's basketball coach Rick Pitino and athletic director Tom Jurich were placed on administrative leave on Wednesday amid an FBI ...

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