Pitino to Retire When Contract Expires

by December 27, 2011

by David Cassilo / @dcassilo

Rick Pitino’s contract with Louisville ends after the 2016-17, and when that happens his next stop will be retirement.

Pitino, who previously coached at Boston University, Providence and Kentucky, while making stops in the NBA with the New York Knicks and Boston Celtics, signed a four-year contract extension with Louisville in August. As the Cardinals prepare for Wednesday’s Big East opener against Georgetown, the only coach to lead three teams to the Final Four was talking about the end of his career.

From USA Today:

“When you’re 59, you’re realistic that you don’t have a whole lot of years left,” Pitino said at a news conference before the No. 4 Cardinals play Georgetown on Wednesday. “My contract’s going to run out in 2017. I’m not coaching any more after that.”

Pitino won a national title with Kentucky in 1996. This season he became the 70th coach in NCAA history to reach 600 wins.