Saint Joseph's University
Saint Joseph's University is a private, coeducational Roman Catholic Jesuit university located in Philadelphia and Lower Merion, Pennsylvania. The university was founded by the Society of Jesus in 1851 as Saint Joseph's College. Saint Joseph's is the seventh oldest Jesuit university in the United States and one of 28 member institutions of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities. Saint Joseph's University educates over 9,200 undergraduate and doctoral students each year through the Erivan K. Haub School of Business, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Program of Professional & Liberal Studies, the Haub Degree Completion Program; the University offers over 60 undergraduate majors, 53 graduate programs, 28 study-abroad programs, 12 special-study options, a co-op program, a joint degree program with Thomas Jefferson University, an Ed. D. in Educational Leadership. It has 17 centers and institutes, including the Kinney Center for Autism Education & Support and the Pedro Arrupe Center for Business Ethics.
In the 2014 U. S. News and World Report rankings, in the Master's Universities category, Saint Joseph's was ranked number 11. St. Joe's athletics teams, the Hawks, are an NCAA Division I program, competing in the Atlantic-10 Conference and Philadelphia's Big 5; the official colors of the university are gray. The school mascot is the Hawk. 38 Jesuits live on campus with 10 serving as faculty. The university's Jesuit community lives in the Loyola Center, directly across the street from Barbelin Hall; the Loyola Center joins the infirmary for Jesuits. The property features a Carriage House which serves as a meeting guest house. Other Jesuit residences include Faber Hall. One Jesuit lives in a residence hall; the university extensively uses its Jesuit identity in its branding. It began the Magis campaign in 2013 to highlight commitment to living "For the greater glory of God", the motto of the Society of Jesus. SJU promotes the Jesuit principle of cura personalis or "care for the whole person." Undergraduates must complete a general education program that focuses on traditional liberal arts disciplines.
Every general education class is titled "154", which stands for the year 1540 AD when the Society of Jesus was accepted by the Pope. On September 27, 2015, Pope Francis, a Jesuit, made a stop at the University during his two-day visit to Philadelphia; the Seal of Saint Joseph's University values. Other Jesuit educational institutions share three of these symbols; the wolves over a kettle pot show the generosity of the Loyola family towards the poor. Tradition claims that the Loyolas provided so much food for their soldiers that the wolves had enough to eat. IHS are the first three letters of the name of Jesus in Greek, the historic monogram of the Society of Jesus; the stripes signify the 7 sons of the House of Loyola. The lily is the distinguishing symbol of the university, honoring Saint Joseph, the school's patron saint; the seal is the graphical representation of its Jesuit identity. On August 15, 2014, President C. Kevin Gillespie, S. J. announced his resignation effective the end of June 2015.
A national search for the next president commenced during 2014–2015 academic year and on April 22, 2015, the Board of Trustees announced Mark C. Reed, of Fairfield University. Reed is the first lay president of Saint Joseph's. All St. Joseph's University undergraduate students complete coursework through the General Education Program focused in four main areas: signature core, integrative learning, overlay courses. In addition, all students are required to complete a first-year seminar. Major coursework includes classes in English composition and literature, philosophy and religious studies, social science, world languages, history; the courses are intended to be aligned with Jesuit ideals of social justice, service learning and real-world application of theory. The GEP is the result of a university-wide curriculum overhaul implemented in the fall of 2010. Of tenure-track faculty, 98% hold the highest possible degrees in their fields; the 2008 graduation rate was 90% and the freshman retention rate for the Class of 2017 is 89.8%.
About 51% of undergraduates are enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences while 49% are enrolled in the Haub School of Business. The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education classified Saint Joseph's among "Master's Colleges and Universities". There are 17 centers and institutes including the Faith-Justice Institute, Institute for Catholic Bioethics, Institute for Jewish-Catholic Relations, Kinney Center for Autism Education and Support, Pedro Arrupe Center for Business Ethics, the Richard Johnson Center for Anti-Violence; the university has chapters of Phi Beta Kappa, Beta Gamma Sigma, Alpha Sigma Nu. The College of Arts & Sciences comprises 21 departments, offering a wide array of majors and interdisciplinary minors in the humanities, social sciences, natural science and computer science; the McNulty Scholars Program aims to provide women in STEM fields extensive undergraduate research and mentorship, awarding full and associate level scholarships each year. The Summer Scholars Program awards competitive grants to students every summer to engage in research and creative projects under faculty mentorship.
Graduate degrees in the College of Arts and Sciences include biology, comp
2004–05 NCAA Division I men's basketball season
The 2004–05 NCAA Division I men's basketball season began on November 10, 2004, progressed through the regular season and conference tournaments, concluded with the 2005 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament Championship Game on April 4, 2005 at the Edward Jones Dome in Saint Louis, Missouri. The North Carolina Tar Heels won their fourth NCAA national championship with a 75–70 victory over the Illinois Fighting Illini; the preseason AP All-American team was named on November 9. Chris Paul of Wake Forest was the leading vote-getter; the rest of the team included Lawrence Roberts of Mississippi State, Wayne Simien of Kansas, Julius Hodge of NC State and Hakim Warrick of Syracuse. The top 25 from the AP and ESPN/USA Today Coaches Polls November 11, 2004; these schools joined new conferences for the 2004–05 season. 30 conference seasons conclude with a single-elimination tournament. Traditionally, all conference schools are eligible, regardless of record. However, some conferences, most notably the Big East, do not invite the teams with the worst records.
The conference tournament winner receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. A school that wins the conference regular season title is guaranteed an NIT bid; the Ivy League is the only Division I conference that does not hold a conference tournament, instead sending their regular-season champion. * Coleman and Funn tied for the national assists lead. Each player had 224 assists in 28 games; the NCAA Tournament tipped off on March 15, 2005 with the opening round game in Dayton and concluded on April 4 at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, MO. A total of 65 teams entered the tournament. Thirty of the teams earned automatic bids by winning their conference tournaments; the automatic bid of the Ivy League, which does not conduct a post-season tournament, went to its regular season champion. The remaining 34 teams were granted "at-large" bids, which are extended by the NCAA Selection Committee; the Big East Conference led the way with eight bids. North Carolina won their fourth NCAA title. North Carolina forward Sean May was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.
After the NCAA Tournament field was announced, the National Invitation Tournament invited 32 teams to participate, reducing the field's size from 40. Eight teams were given automatic bids for winning their conference regular seasons, 24 other teams were invited. Dave Odom's South Carolina Gamecocks won the title, defeating the Saint Joseph's Hawks 60–57 in the championship game; the Gamecocks' Carlos Powell was named tournament MVP. Wooden Award: Andrew Bogut, Utah Naismith Award: Andrew Bogut, Utah Associated Press Player of the Year: Andrew Bogut, Utah NABC Player of the Year: Andrew Bogut, Utah Oscar Robertson Trophy: Andrew Bogut, Utah Adolph Rupp Trophy: J. J. Redick, Duke CBS/Chevrolet Player of the Year: Andrew Bogut, Utah Sporting News Player of the Year: Dee Brown, Illinois USBWA Freshman of the Year: Marvin Williams, North Carolina Sporting News Freshman of the Year: Marvin Williams, North Carolina Associated Press Coach of the Year: Bruce Weber, Illinois Henry Iba Award: Bruce Weber, Illinois NABC Coach of the Year: Bruce Weber, Illinois Naismith College Coach of the Year: Bruce Weber, Illinois CBS/Chevrolet Coach of the Year: Bruce Weber, Illinois Adolph Rupp Cup: Bruce Weber, Illinois Sporting News Coach of the Year: Bruce Weber, Illinois Bob Cousy Award: Raymond Felton, North Carolina Pete Newell Big Man Award: Andrew Bogut, Utah NABC Defensive Player of the Year: Shelden Williams, Duke Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award: Nate Robinson, Washington Lowe's Senior CLASS Award: Wayne Simien, Kansas Robert V. Geasey Trophy: Pat Carroll, St. Joseph's NIT/Haggerty Award: Keydren Clark, Saint Peter's A number of teams changed coaches throughout the season and after the season ended
Philip Martelli Sr. is an American college basketball coach and the former coach of the Saint Joseph's Hawks men's basketball team. He led. Martelli was a point guard for Widener University; as point guard, he was part of the NCAA Division III Tournament teams in 1974-75 and 1975–76, set the school's single season and career assist marks. Martelli began his career on Hawk Hill with SJU's 1985-86 NCAA Tournament team. In his decade as an assistant, he was part of the Hawks' NIT teams in 1992-93 and 1994-95. After 10 years as an assistant under Jim Boyle and John Griffin, Martelli was named the 14th coach in school history on July 20, 1995, just the third non-alumnus to coach the school. In his first season as head coach his team reached the final game of the NIT Tournament. In his second year, under the floor generalship of Junior point guard Rashid Bey, help from Arthur "Yah" Davis and Dmitri Domani, Martelli's Hawks captured the Atlantic 10 crown and made it into the Sweet Sixteen round of the NCAA tournament.
They would not duplicate that success until landing future Naismith College Player of the Year Jameer Nelson and former NBA players Delonte West and Dwayne Jones. With Nelson as point guard, Martelli led the 2003-04 Hawks to the greatest season in school history; the Hawks went 27-0 regular season. The Hawks lost to Xavier in the Atlantic 10 Tournament, reached the Elite Eight losing to Oklahoma State to finish with a record of 30-2; this is "officially" the deepest run that St. Joseph's has made in the tournament; that year, Martelli was named Naismith College Coach of the Year. In 2004-05, Martelli led the Hawks back to the final game of the NIT, where they lost to South Carolina. During the season, Martelli won his 235th game on Hawk Hill, passing Hall of Famer Jack Ramsay as the winningest coach in school history. In 2005-06, the Hawks returned to the NIT losing to Hofstra University. In 2008, Martelli led Saint Joseph's to its first NCAA Tournament since 2004 with a team led by Pat Calathes and Ahmad Nivins.
In 2014, the Hawks returned to the NCAA Tournament after winning their second Atlantic 10 Championship under Martelli, led by Langston Galloway, Ronald Roberts and Halil Kanacević. The Hawks went on to lose in overtime to the eventual 2013-14 National Champion Connecticut Huskies in the Second Round of the Tournament. In 2007, Phil Martelli's first book Don't Call Me Coach: A Lesson Plan For Life was published. Students at SJU say "In Martelli We Trust" about their beloved basketball coach. Martelli has a weekly show during the basketball season called Hawk Talk which discusses the standing of the university and the basketball team. In October 2008, Martelli signed a contract extension at St. Joe's through the 2015-16 season. Martelli surpassed Hawk legend Dr. Jack Ramsay for second among SJU coaches in wins 2008. Martelli has won the most postseason games of his teams. In December 2011, Martelli was referenced in an article on SI.com in which former player Todd O'Brien detailed his side of a story about his former coach holding a grudge.
O'Brien had applied for a graduate student waiver, where he was allowed to transfer to pursue a post graduate degree in a field not offered by their original institution, but SJU would not release him to play. The NCAA denied O'Brien's appeal and SJU was unable to comment on the details of the case. Martelli kept him in his contract for undisclosed reasons. Martelli was characterized by most reporters as being unreasonable about this for holding a grudge against O'Brien. With a win against Morgan State in 2011, Martelli became the all-time winningest coach in Saint Joseph's history with his 310th victory. Martelli has lost more games than any coach in Saint Joseph's history, eclipsing Bill Ferguson's 208 losses in 25 seasons. Martelli has lost 241 games in 18+ seasons at Saint Joseph's as of December 8, 2013. In December 2013, after two disappointing losses to Big 5 Rivals Temple and Villanova several alumni launched a Petition to fire Phil Martelli due to what many consider to be several seasons of mediocre play and a failure to meet expectation.
The website contained a letter to Phil Martelli applauding his achievements and his representation of the university, but imploring him to resign. This website lost credibility when the majority of "signers" were anonymous and worse when the signatures of some well-known long-term SJU supporters were forged onto the site that had no system in place to verify the identity of the signer; the site was taken down after Saint Joseph's won the 2014 Atlantic 10 Championship with the season's second victory over VCU. Saint Joe's announced October 2015 that Martelli received another contract extension. On March 13, 2016, Martelli claimed his second A-10 title in 3 years as the Hawks defeated VCU 87-74 in the 2016 Atlantic 10 Championship. On March 19, 2019, Director of Athletics Jill Bodensteiner announced that the university had let go of Martelli, ending his 24 year tenure as head coach. Numerous assistants of Martelli have gone on to become coaches at other programs. Matt Brady, former head coach at Marist College.
Former head coach at James Madison University Monte Ross, former head coach at the University of Delaware Mike Rice Jr. former head coach at both Robert Morris University and Rutgers University Doug Overton, assistant coach for the New Jersey Nets Brett Sullivan, former assistant coach for the Lynchburg Hornets Jameer Nelson (2004
Michael Gregg Marshall is an American college basketball coach who leads the Wichita State team at Wichita State University. Marshall has coached his teams to appearances in the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament in twelve of his eighteen years as a head coach, he is the most successful head coach in Wichita State University history, is the most successful head coach in Winthrop University history. Marshall was born in South Carolina, he went to Cave Spring High School in Roanoke, where he graduated in 1981 and was a 6'2", 145-pound point guard on the Knights' basketball team. He graduated from Randolph–Macon College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and business in 1985. At Randolph-Macon, he became a brother of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity, he received his master's degree in sport management from the University of Richmond in 1987. He is married to Lynn Munday of Bellingham. Marshall spent two years as an assistant at his alma mater, Randolph-Macon College, in Ashland and another year as an assistant at Belmont Abbey College during the 1987–88 season.
He spent eight years under John Kresse at the College of Charleston from 1988 to 1996, where the program received an at-large 1994 NCAA bid, NIT invitations in 1995 and 1996. He became an assistant coach at Marshall University, serving from 1996 to 1998. Marshall became the head coach at Winthrop University in 1998, led the Winthrop Eagles men's basketball team to seven NCAA tournament appearances and transformed a undistinguished program into a mid-major powerhouse. In his first season at Winthrop in 1998–99, he compiled a record of 19–8, coaching the Eagles to their first regular season Big South title, they went on to win the Big South Conference Tournament, earning the Eagles their first-ever bid to the NCAA Tournament. As a No. 16 seed, the team lost to the No. 1 seed Auburn Tigers in the first round, 80–41. During his nine seasons at Winthrop, Marshall coached the team to six regular season titles, seven Big South Tournament titles, six 20-win seasons, was named Big South Coach of the Year four times.
In 2006, he became the all-time most successful coach in Winthrop men's basketball history. During the 2006–07 season, Marshall became the first coach in the history of the Big South Conference to have his team go undefeated in conference play; the 2006 NCAA Tournament matched No. 15 seed Winthrop against the No. 2 seed Tennessee Volunteers, the Southeastern Conference Eastern Division champion, in the first round. Winthrop led for much of the game, only to lose 63–61 on a long jump shot with 2.9 seconds remaining. In 2007, Marshall became the first Big South coach to win an NCAA first round tournament game by defeating No. 6 seed Notre Dame. Marshall's success at the mid-major level created a lot of speculation that he could be a contender for the coaching position at North Carolina State University, vacated with the departure of Herb Sendek. Sidney Lowe, a former NC State player and former head coach of the NBA's Minnesota Timberwolves and Memphis Grizzlies, was named the head coach of the Wolfpack.
Marshall accepted an offer to coach the College of Charleston in June 2006 but changed his mind after the press conference introducing him as coach and returned to Winthrop. Marshall accepted Wichita State University's offer to coach its Wichita State Shockers men's basketball team on April 14, 2007 In his fourth season at WSU, Marshall lead the Shockers to the NIT Championship, defeating Alabama in the finals. Under Marshall, Wichita State broke into the AP Top 25 poll on February 13, 2012, the first time since December 25, 2006, only the second time since 1983. In 2012, Wichita State made its first appearance in the NCAA tournament since the 2005–06 season, receiving an at-large bid; the Shockers were matched as a No. 5 seed versus the No. 12 seed VCU Rams, but the Shockers lost 62–59. In the 2012–13 season, Marshall led the Shockers to their first Final Four since 1965, defeating the AP #1, #7, #20 teams in the country to win the West Regional. In 2013–14, Marshall led Wichita State to arguably the greatest season in school history.
The Shockers steamrolled through the regular season, becoming the second Division I team to start a regular season with 30 consecutive wins. They rose as high as second in both major polls in late February, the highest that a Shocker team has been ranked since 1981. On March 9, 2014, Wichita State finished their regular season and the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament with a record of 34–0, heading into the NCAA Tournament undefeated; this 34–0 record ties a NCAA Division I Men's basketball record, held by the University of Nevada Las Vegas, set in 1991. Wichita State went on to win their first game of the 2014 NCAA Tournament versus Cal Poly 64–37; the Shockers were 35–0, becoming the first team in Men's Division I basketball history to start with 35 wins and zero losses. In the third round of the tournament they squared off against Kentucky. Wichita State lost the game 78 -- 76, they finished the 2013–14 season at 35–1. NIT appearances2019 vs. Furman vs. Clemson vs. Indiana 2010 vs. Nevada 2011 vs. Nebraska vs. Virginia Tech vs.
College of Charleston vs. Washington State vs. Alabama NCAA Tournament appearances2018 vs Marshall 2017 vs Dayton vs K
Louisville Cardinals men's basketball
The Louisville Cardinals men's basketball team is the men's college basketball program representing the University of Louisville in the Atlantic Coast Conference of NCAA Division I. The Cardinals have won two NCAA championships in 1980 and 1986. Due to an FBI criminal investigation into illegal benefits and actions by college basketball coaches, financial advisers, others, on September 27, 2017, head coach Rick Pitino and athletic director Tom Jurich were placed on administrative leave and were fired. Two days assistant David Padgett, a former star player under Pitino at Louisville, was named as acting head coach. On February 20, 2018, the NCAA vacated the 2013 NCAA title. On March 27, 2018, it was announced that the University of Louisville signed Chris Mack to a seven year contract as head coach. Bernard "Peck" Hickman's 1944 team finished with a 16–3 record and started a string of 46 consecutive winning seasons, an NCAA record. Hickman led Louisville to its first championship on a national level by winning the NAIB Tournament in 1948.
In 1956, led by All-American Charlie Tyra, the Cardinals won the NIT Championship. In 1956 his team was placed on two years probation, to include bans on postseason play, by the NCAA due to recruiting violations. In 1959, Louisville made its first NCAA Final Four appearance behind the play of All-American Don Goldstein; the Cardinals never had a losing season in Hickman's 23 seasons as head coach. He coached 11 20-win teams, appeared in five NCAA tournaments, coached six NIT appearances and finished with a 443–183 overall record, a.708 winning percentage that ranks him in the top 45 all time. John Dromo was Hickman's assistant for 17 years and succeeded him at head coach in 1967. In four seasons as head coach, Dromo led the Cardinals to a 68–23 record and the 1967 Missouri Valley Conference title. A heart attack during the 1970–71 season forced Dromo to retire, his assistant, Howard Stacey, was named interim head coach for the final 20 games of the season. Denny Crum was hired as head coach from his alma mater, UCLA, where he was the top assistant coach to John Wooden.
It was under the guidance of Crum. In his first season, he guided the Cardinals to the NCAA Final Four, becoming the first coach to go to a Final Four in his first season as a head coach. Overall, Crum had six Final Fours with the Louisville Cardinals, he is fifth all-time in Final Four appearances. The Cardinals won the 1980 NCAA Tournament championship by defeating UCLA 59–54. Six years Louisville would overcome Duke 72–69 for a second title. Crum is one of only 11 coaches to win two or more national championships, he was named National Coach of the Year in 1980, 1983 and 1986. He took the Cardinals to 23 NCAA tournaments, where they had an overall record of 43–21. While in the Metro Conference, the Cardinals won 12 regular season titles and 11 tournament championships. In its 19 years of naming a champion, the Metro had Louisville as second place 17 times. In 1993, Crum became the second fastest coach to reach 500 wins. Crum was inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame in 1994, he retired in 2001 with a career record of 675–295 over 30 seasons.
He was a member of the College Basketball Hall of Fame's inaugural class in 2006. Rick Pitino was hired in 2001 after four years as head coach of the Boston Celtics, as head coach of Louisville's in-state rival, Kentucky. Pitino guided the Cardinals to the NCAA Tournament in 12 of 15 seasons, reaching the Elite Eight six times and the Final Four three times, his teams won four regular season titles. The Cardinals won at least 20 games every season since Pitino's first season at Louisville. Through the 2015–16 season, Pitino amassed a record of 391–134 during his time at Louisville. Pitino was selected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2013, was under contract through the 2025–26 season; the University of Louisville self-imposed a postseason ban for the 2015–16 season amid an ongoing NCAA investigation over an escort sex scandal involving recruits between 2010 and 2014. The ban included both the NCAA Tournament. On June 15, 2017, the NCAA charged Rick Pitino for failure to monitor his basketball program, involved in a sex-for-pay scandal.
He was suspended for the first five games of the ACC season in 2017–18. On September 26, 2017 federal prosecutors in New York announced that the school was under investigation for an alleged "pay for play" scheme involving recruits at Louisville; the allegations state that an Adidas executive conspired to pay $100,000 to the family of a top-ranked national recruit to play at Louisville and to represent Adidas when he turned pro. The criminal complaint did not name Louisville but appeared to involve the recruitment of Brian Bowen, a late, surprise commit to the school. On September 27, 2017, Pitino and athletic director Tom Jurich were placed on administrative leave. On October 26, 2017 Rick Pitino was fired as the head coach of Louisville Men's Basketball. On February 20, 2018 the NCAA ruled that Louisville must vacate its records from 2011-2015; this included 123 wins, the 2013 NCAA title, a 2012 Final Four appearance. On March 27, 2018, Xavier head coach Chris Mack agreed to terms on a seven-year contract worth about $4 million annually to become the next head coach at Louisville.
Mack has had a notable start to his Louisville tenure, recruiting a to
Richard Andrew Pitino is an American basketball coach, the head coach of Panathinaikos of the Greek Basket League and the EuroLeague. He has been the head coach of several teams in NCAA Division I and in the NBA, including Boston University, Providence College, the New York Knicks, the University of Kentucky, the Boston Celtics and the University of Louisville. Pitino led Kentucky to an NCAA championship in 1996, he is the only coach to lead three different schools to a Final Four. In 2013, he was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. In June 2017, the NCAA suspended Pitino for five games of the upcoming 2017–18 season for his lack of oversight in an escort sex scandal involving recruits. Louisville's national championship from 2013 was vacated as well. In September, Pitino was implicated in a federal investigation involving bribes to recruits, which resulted in Louisville firing him for cause. Pitino was born in New York City, New York, was raised in Bayville, New York, he was captain of the St. Dominic High School basketball team in Long Island.
He enrolled at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1970. He was a standout guard for the Minutemen basketball team, his 329 career assists rank tenth all-time at UMass, as of the 2009–10 season. He led the team in assists as a senior; the 168 assists as a senior is the eighth-best single season total there. Pitino was a freshman at the same time future NBA legend Julius Erving spent his junior year at UMass, although the two never played on the same team because freshmen were ineligible to play varsity basketball at the time. Other teammates of Pitino's include Al Skinner, who went on to become a successful college coach, baseballer Mike Flanagan, who went on to pitch in the major leagues and win the AL Cy Young Award in 1979. Pitino earned his degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1974. College coaching assignments included Boston University, Providence College, the University of Kentucky, the University of Louisville; as a collegiate head coach, Pitino has compiled a 629–234 record, for a.732 winning percentage, ranked 10th among active coaches and 29th all-time among all collegiate basketball coaches entering the 2012 season.
Pitino is considered by many to be one of the first coaches to promote taking advantage of the 3-point shot, first adopted by the NCAA in 1987. By exploiting the 3-point shot, his teams at Kentucky in the early 1990s were known as Pitino's Bombinos, as a significant portion of the offensive points came from the 3-point shot. Now, Pitino's teams are known for the 3-point threat and all of his teams rank towards the top in 3-point attempts per season. Many of Pitino's players and assistant coaches have gone on to become successful collegiate coaches. In total, 21 former Pitino players and coaches have become Division I head coaches, including Florida's Billy Donovan, Texas Tech's Tubby Smith, Arizona State's Herb Sendek, Cincinnati's Mick Cronin, Minnesota's Richard Pitino, Seton Hall's Kevin Willard as well as Cal State Northridge's Reggie Theus. Pitino started his coaching career as a graduate assistant at the University of Hawaii in 1974, became a full-time assistant in 1975, he was the first assistant hired by Jim Boeheim in 1976 as Boeheim began his tenure at Syracuse University.
Pitino served as Hawaii's interim head coach late in the 1975–76 season. Coach Bruce O'Neil was fired after the Rainbow Warriors' started the season 9–12. Pitino led Hawaii for their final six games. Pitino's time at Hawaii was marred by a 1977 NCAA report on sanctions against the program. According to the report, Pitino was implicated in 8 of the 64 infractions that led the university to be placed on probation; the violations involving Pitino included providing round-trip air fare for a player between New York and Honolulu, arranging for student-athletes to receive used cars for season tickets, handing out coupons to players for free food at McDonald's. He was cited, along with the head coach, Bruce O'Neil, for providing misinformation to the NCAA and University of Hawaii officials. In 1977, the NCAA infractions committee recommended that Pitino and O'Neil be disassociated from Hawaii athletics. In 1989, Pitino would dismiss the report, saying "I didn't make any mistakes, I don't care what anybody says."
Pitino's first head coaching job came in 1978 at Boston University. In the two seasons before his arrival, the team had won a mere 17 games. Pitino led the team to its first NCAA tournament appearance in 24 years. Pitino left Boston University to become an assistant coach with the New York Knicks under Hubie Brown. Pitino returned to college coaching to become head coach at Providence College in 1985. Providence had gone a dismal 11 -- 20 in the year. Two years Pitino led the team to the Final Four; that Final Four team featured point guard Billy Donovan, who would go on to be an assistant coach under Pitino at the University of Kentucky and win back-to-back national championships as head coach at the University of Florida. Donovan is the head coach of the Oklahoma City Thunder. After spending two years coaching in the NBA, Pitino returned to the college level again in 1989, becoming the coach at Kentucky; the Kentucky program was recovering from a major recruiting scandal brought on by former coach Eddie Sutton that left it on NCAA probation.
Pitino restored Kentucky's reputation and performance, leading his second school to the Final Four in the 1993 NCAA Tournament, winning a national title in the 1996 NCAA Tournament, Kentucky's 6th NCAA
University of Kentucky
The University of Kentucky is a public co-educational university in Lexington, Kentucky. Founded in 1865 by John Bryan Bowman as the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Kentucky, the university is one of the state's two land-grant universities, the largest college or university in the state, with 30,720 students as of Fall 2015, the highest ranked research university in the state according to U. S. News and World Report; the institution comprises 16 colleges, a graduate school, 93 undergraduate programs, 99 master programs, 66 doctoral programs, four professional programs. The University of Kentucky has fifteen libraries on campus; the largest is the William T. Young Library, a federal depository, hosting subjects related to social sciences and life sciences collections. In recent years, the university has focused expenditures on research, following a compact formed by the Kentucky General Assembly in 1997; the directive mandated that the university become a Top 20 public research institution, in terms of an overall ranking, to be determined by the university itself, by the year 2020.
In the early commonwealth of Kentucky, higher education was limited to a number of children from prominent families, disciplined apprentices, those young men seeking entry into clerical and medical professions. As the first university in the territory that would become Kentucky, Transylvania University was the primary center for education, became the father of what would become the University of Kentucky. John Bryan Bowman founded the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Kentucky, a publicly chartered department of Kentucky University, after receiving federal support through the Morrill Land-Grant Colleges Act in 1865. Courses were offered at The Henry Clay Estate. Three years James Kennedy Patterson became the first president of the land-grant university and the first degree was awarded. In 1876, the university began to offer master's degree programs. Two years A&M separated from Kentucky University, now Transylvania University. For the new school, Lexington donated a 52-acre park and fair ground, which became the core of UK's present campus.
A&M was a male-only institution, but began to admit women in 1880. In 1892, the official colors of the university, royal blue and white, were adopted. An earlier color set and light yellow, was adopted earlier at a Kentucky-Centre College football game on December 19, 1891; the particular hue of blue was determined from a necktie, used to demonstrate the color of royal blue. On February 15, 1882, Administration Building was the first building of three completed on the present campus. Three years the college formed the Agricultural Experiment Station, which researches issues relating to agribusiness, food processing, nutrition and soil resources and the environment; this was followed up by the creation of the university's Agricultural Extension Service in 1910, one of the first in the United States. The extension service became a model of the federally mandated programs that were required beginning in 1914. Patterson Hall, the school's first women's dormitory, was constructed in 1904. Residents had to cross a swampy depression, where the now demolished Student Center stood, to reach central campus.
Four years the school's name was changed to the "State University, Kentucky" upon reaching university status, to the "University of Kentucky" in 1916. The university led to the creation of the College of Home Economics in 1916, Mary E. Sweeney was promoted from chair of the Department of Home Economics to Dean of the College.. The College of Commerce was established in 1925, known today as the Gatton College of Business and Economics. In 1929, Memorial Hall was completed, dedicated to the 2,756 Kentuckians who died in World War I; this was followed up by the new King Library, which opened in 1931 and was named for a long-time library director, Margaret I. King; the university's graduate and professional programs became racially integrated in 1949 when Lyman T. Johnson, an African American, won a lawsuit to be admitted to the graduate program. African Americans would not be allowed to attend as undergraduates until 1954, following the US Supreme Court's Brown v. Board of Education decision. In 1939, Governor Happy Chandler appointed the first woman trustee on the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees, Georgia M. Blazer of Ashland.
She served from 1939 to 1960. In 1962, Blazer Hall was opened as the Georgia M Blazer Hall for Women in tribute to her twenty-one years of service as a University of Kentucky trustee. Ground was broken for the Albert B. Chandler Hospital in 1955, when Governor of Kentucky Happy Chandler recommended that the Kentucky General Assembly appropriate $5 million for the creation of the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and a medical center at the university; this was completed after a series of studies were conducted that highlighted the health needs of the citizens, as well as the need to train more physicians for the state. Five years the College of Medicine and College of Nursing opened, followed by the College of Dentistry in 1962. Nine years after the founding of The Northern Extension Center in Covington, representing the Ashland Independent School Board of Education, Ashland attorney Henderson Dysard and Ashland Oil & Refining Company founder and CEO Paul G. Blazer presented a proposal to President Dickey and the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees for the university to take over the day-to-day operations an