Rick Pitino was born in New York. He has been a coach since 1974. In 2013 he was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame.
From 1989-1997 he was the coach of the Kentucky Wildcats winning an NCAA championship in 1996.
In 2013 Rick Pitino coached the University of Louisville to an NCAA championship, becoming the only coach to win two NCAA championships with two different colleges.
Pitino coached the New York Knicks and the Boston Celtics in the pro ranks before going to the University of Louisville.
In December 2018 Pitino joined European power house Panathinaikos, replacing Chavi Pascual on the bench. In his first year in Europe he won both the Greek championship and the Greek cup, while qualifying for the Euro league playoffs. At the end of the season, he left the team briefly for personal reasons, returning in November 2019.
Pitino also accepted the position of coach of the Greek National team, which is attempting to qualify for the 2020 Olympics.