University of Louisville Basketball Head Coach Rick Pitino Set to Keynote TSNN Awards

August 26, 2012

The 3rd Annual TSNN Awards: Celebrating Trade Show Excellence, on tap Nov. 2-4 in Louisville, will feature a luncheon keynote given by legendary University of Louisville Cardinal’s Basketball Head Coach Rick Pitino.

An accomplished coach and leader, Pitino is the first coach in NCAA history to take three different teams to the NCAA Final Four.

In 27 seasons as a collegiate head coach at five different schools, he has compiled a 629-234 record, a .729 winning percentage that ranks him 11th among active coaches. 

His current contract ties him with U of L through the 2016-2017 season.

Pitino began coaching the U of L Cardinals for the 2001-2002 season, and by his second year there, he led the team to the No. 2 position in the AP poll and spent time as the nation’s top team in the RPI and Sagarin Ratings. 

In the 2004-2005 season, Pitino guided his team into the Final Four for the first time since 1986 and during the next few seasons he reached the Final Eight twice and then the Final Four again in the 2011-12 season during which the team won 30 games and claimed the BIG EAST Tournament championship.

In his storied career, Pitino also coached the New York Knicks from 1987-89 and for three-and-a-half years, he served as president and head coach of the NBA's Boston Celtics. 

He also successfully coached several other collegiate teams, including the University of Kentucky to three NCAA Final Four appearances in his last five years there, winning the 1996 NCAA Championship and reaching the national title game in 1997. 

Pitino got his start in coaching as a graduate assistant at Hawai'i in 1974 and served as a full-time assistant there in 1975-76 when he was the head coach for the last six games of the season (2-4) when the head coach was relieved of his duties. 

From there, he never looked back, taking a head coaching job at Boston University in 1978 for five years before switching over to the Knicks and returning to college ball as head coach at Providence College for two seasons (1985-87).

Aside from his hoops prowess, Pitino has achieved success off the court as well in such realms as broadcasting, publishing, motivational speaking and horse racing. 

He is an accomplished author, producing such books as the best seller "Success Is A Choice" and "Lead to Succeed."

 Born Sept. 18, 1952, Pitino is a native of New York City, where he was a standout guard for Dominic High School in Oyster Bay, Long Island.

 Pitino and wife Joanne have five children:  Michael, Christopher, Richard, Ryan and Jacqueline; and four grandchildren: Anna, Audrey (Michael’s children), Andrew (Christopher) and Ava (Richard).

Pitino is one highlight of the TSNN Awards, a three-day celebration event for the fastest-growing trade shows in the United States.

Other event highlights include an opening reception 21C Museum Hotel, No. 1-ranked by Conde Nast, an executive conference the following day at the Kentucky International Convention Center, at which Pitino will be speaking, with the awards reception and gala that evening at the Downtown Louisville Marriott and brunch the next morning at Churchill Downs followed by a day of racing.

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