Tag: Rick Pitino

Iona head coach Rick Pitino on the sidelines during the MAAC tournament at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Image: AP)

The Return of Rick Pitino, Iona Wins MAAC for Auto-Bid to March Madness

The Iona Gaels (12-5) won the MAAC tournament and earned an automatic bid to March Madness. Rick Pitino, Iona’s head coach, tied Tubby Smith and Lon Kruger as the only coaches in NCAA history to qualify for the March Madness men’s college basketball tournament with five different teams. Pitino was […]

Rick Pitino, ex-Louisville head coach, on the sidelines of a March Madness game in 2017. (Image: Joe Robbins/Getty)

Rick Pitino Returns to College Hoops, New Coach of Iona

Rick Pitino will become the new head coach of Iona next season. Pitino, who currently coaches Panathinaikos in Greece, returns to the collegiate ranks for the first time since Louisville fired him in 2017 after 16 seasons due to an FBI investigation regarding a recruiting scandal. Pitino is the only […]