Breakup: Legendary college basketball coach died on Monday
The world of college basketball is in mourning today following the passing of one of its all-time greats.
On Monday, former Princeton basketball coach Pete Carril died. He was 92 years old.
Carril joined the Tigers in 1967 after coaching one season at Lehigh. He immediately found success, leading Princeton to back-to-back Ivy League titles while going 39-13.
In 1975, Carril led the Tigers to one of their best seasons ever, going 22-8 en route to winning the NIT championship. He would lead the Tigers to the NIT Tournament five more times, but take Princeton to the NCAA Tournament much more often.
Between the start of the NCAA Tournament ranking era in 1981 and Pete Carril’s final season in 1996, Princeton appeared in the NCAA Tournament eight times.
Victories were harder to come by for the Tigers as they were knocked out six times in the first round. Their landmark NCAA Tournament victories came in 1983 when they eliminated No. 5 Oklahoma State as the 12th seed and in 1996 – Carril’s final year – when they beat UCLA. No. 4 as the 13th seed. His final record was 525-273.
After retiring from college coaching, Carril spent another 10 years as an assistant coach for the Sacramento Kings.
Carril has since been enshrined in both the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame and the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
Our hearts go out to Coach Carril’s family and loved ones.