By Conor Ryan/DFP Staff
Former Boston University men’s basketball coach and current University of Louisville coach Rick Pitino has accumulated many accolades in his storied career: seven Final Four appearances, one national championship with the University of Kentucky in 1996, another with University of Louisville Monday night and the honor of being the only men’s coach in NCAA history to lead three different programs to Final Four appearances.
Despite these heralded accomplishments, Pitino received arguably the biggest honor of his career Monday, as he heard he will be one of 12 individuals enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame in September.
Other members of the Class of 2013 include University of Houston coach Guy Lewis, University of Nevada, Las Vegas coach Jerry Tarkanian and former NBA stars Gary Payton and Bernard King.
After a successful four-year collegiate playing career at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Pitino served as an assistant coach at the University of Hawaii and Syracuse University between 1974 and 1978.
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