Friday, April 3, 2015

Rick Pitino to Receive NABC Metropolitan Award at Final Four

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino will receive the NABC Metropolitan Award on Sunday in Indianapolis.

The Metropolitan Award recognizes long and outstanding service to men's college basketball.

Here's a release from UL:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - University of Louisville men's basketball coach Rick Pitino will receive the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Metropolitan Award for long and outstanding service to men's college basketball at a ceremony at the Final Four this weekend.

Pitino will receive the award at the annual AT&T NABC Guardians of the Game Awards Show on Sunday, April 5, at 6 p.m. at the Murat Theatre at Old National Centre in Indianapolis.

The Metropolitan Award has a long and storied history, which began in New York City. The Metropolitan Basketball Association presented its first Metropolitan Award in 1941 to legendary City College of New York coach Nat Holman and followed that a year later with Ned Irish, who first brought college basketball to Madison Square Garden.

Over eight decades, many outstanding coaches and contributors in men's college basketball have been honored with the award, including Clair Bee, Henry Iba, Pete Newell, John Wooden and Dave Gavitt.

Pitino, like the award, was born in New York and has earned his place as one of the most outstanding coaches in men's college basketball.

In his 30 seasons as a collegiate head coach, Pitino was the first college coach to win NCAA championships with two different programs (Kentucky in 1995-96 and Louisville in 2012-13) and the first to take three different schools to the Final Four. His Providence College team reached the Final Four in 1986-87. He is third among active coaches in NCAA Tournament winning percentage with his 53-18 record (.746) in 20 tournament appearances.

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