Pitino: My Story


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Diversion Books
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6.2 X 0.8 X 9.1 inches | 1.2 pounds
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About the Author

Rick Pitino coached the Louisville Cardinals basketball team from 2001 to 2017. Prior to Louisville, Pitino was head coach for the Boston Celtics, the University of Kentucky, the New York Knicks, Providence College, and Boston University. He won two NCAA championships, is the only head coach to take three different schools to a Final Four, and was elected in 2013 to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
Recovering musician SETH KAUFMAN grew up overseas, in Kenya and India, the son of foreign correspondent. He ran a popular online music store where he sold so many copies of Kenny G records he should be tried at The Hague. He has written a number of books, including The King of Pain (One of 2012's most enjoyable novels --The New York Times), contributed humor pieces to the New Yorker website and freelanced for many other publications.


"This book charts the journey of a coach who became a Hall of Famer. When I first saw him at the famed Five-Star basketball camp run by Howard Garfinkel, I knew he was headed for stardom--his motivational and inspirational skills were off the charts. And throughout his career he's been a master at work as a clinician in practice. More than thirty assistants he's mentored have become household names in college basketball. While he shares the good, the bad, and the ugly of his life in our sport--including the unvarnished truth behind today's sensational headlines--I know one thing: We miss him on the sidelines."--Dick Vitale, ESPN College Basketball Analyst and member of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame

"Obviously he has had an incredible impact on my life as a coach, but not in the way most people think. It was not about X's and O's. It was about how to conduct yourself in a cut throat business. He showed me integrity every day in every way.... Working at Providence for Coach Pitino set me up with a foundation of never putting winning ahead of what is right." --Jeff Van Gundy, NBA analyst, former head coach of the New York Knicks and Houston Rockets

"[A] clear account of how the investigation unraveled. . . . [Pitino] lays out a convincing case for his innocence. . . . strongly argued and insightful." --Publishers Weekly

"Besides my parents, there is not another person who has taught me more about the game, life, and what it takes to be successful."-- Billy Donovan, head coach, Oklahoma Thunder

"Working for Coach Pitino, there was always a stern directive to follow every and all of the NCAA's rules. Every detail of how we did things had to be by the book. We were going to outwork everyone, but it had to be within the rules." --Frank Vogel, head coach, Orlando Magic