Meet Richard Pitino, the head coach of the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers. The son of esteemed basketball coach Rick Pitino, it appears as if Richard Pitino is changing the U’s basketball culture by instilling a tradition of winning into a program that once seemed off the beaten path.
Prior to becoming the head coach of the Gophers and leading them to become NIT Champions, Pitino got his start as a an assistant on a multitude of basketball programs, never staying at one place for more than two years.
Pitino got his head coaching break with Florida International University. In his first and only season with the Panthers, he compiled an 18-14 record and instituted a high-pressure defense that saw the team finish eighth in the nation in steals.
As we all know, Pitino then got a call from the University of Minnesota. In his first season with the team Pitino broke the school record for most wins in a season with 25. With Pitino at the helm, it looks like the progr