Rick Pitino is known basketball coach in the United States of America. He has achieved so much in his career. He has led several teams as the head coach in both NBA and NCAA Division 1. Although many people know him for his coaching career, he is an actor also. Some of his acting works include Blue Chips; He Got Game and The Untouchable of Kentucky. The article tells more about the net worth of Rick Pitino in 2020.
Early Life & Biography:
He was born in New York, in 1952. He grew up in Bayville which is in New York and went to St. Dominic High School, where he was the basketball team captain. In 1970, he joined the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he was known to be a standout guard for his basketball team, Minutemen. He took a role of leading his team in assists, both in junior and senior positions. In 1974, he graduated from the university and started his career.
Karen Cunagin was Rick’s girlfriend. In 1976, Rick married Joanne Minardi, and they have five children. They should be having six kids but one of their sons, Daniel, died from congenital heart failure in 1978. He was only six months old when he died. Richard, one of their sons, is a basketball head coach. The other kids are Michael, Christopher, Jacqueline, and Ryan. In memory of their son Daniel, they established a foundation through which they raised a lot of money to help the needy children. He lost his brother-in-law and best friend in 2011, in a terrorist attack.
Career, Awards & Nominations:
Rick is an American basketball coach who has attained so much in his career. After his graduation, he became a graduate assistant coach at the University of Hawaii. Later he became an assistant coach at the Syracuse University before taking a head-coaching job at Boston University. He won 17 games in his first campaign in Boston. Later, he left Boston University and became an assistant coach at the New York Knicks.
In 1985, he went to Providence College as a head coach where he managed to lead them to the Final Four. He later went to Kentucky as a coach. In 1993, he helped the team to reach the Final Four in NCAA Tournament. In 1996, the team won a National Title under his coaching.
In 2001, he was nominated as a coach at the University of Louisville, where he led the team to Final Four. In 2008, his team was able to advance to the Elite Eight in NCAA tournament. He was also nominated to lead Puerto Rico’s Olympic team as a head coach in 2010, but he could not take the job as it was against NCAA regulations. In 2012, his team won the regional final. Apart from winning NABC coach of the year award in 1987, he was also named as the coach of the year for Southern Eastern Conference in 1990, 1991 and 1996 respectively.
Net Worth & Earnings:
Having achieved so much in his career, his wealth has also grown over the period. His known total net worth adds up to $50 million. He has a salary of $7.7 million. On September 2017, he listed his mansion in Miami for $29 million but later dropped it to $26 million. He bought the house in 1999 for $5.4 million.
Pitino is one of America’s most successful coaches in the basketball history. In the history of NCAA, he is the only coach who has led three different teams to the Final Four in NCAA tournament. His efforts can be clearly seen by the growth in his career and wealth.