Pitino leaves Iona to end up being St
2:48 PM ET Adrian Wojnarowski Close Adrian Wojnarowski Senior NBA Expert Host of The Woj Pod Joined ESPN in 2017 Pete Thamel Rick Pitino has actually been named the brand-new coach at St. John’s, going back to the Big East Conference with ambitions of bring back the Red Storm to nationwide prominence.The school announced Pitino’s hiring but did not reveal terms. Sources informed ESPN that Pitino, who led Iona to the NCAA tournament this season, accepted a six-year contract.He will be introduced at a press conference Tuesday at Madison Square Garden.Pitino notified his Gaels team in a meeting Monday afternoon that he was leaving the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference team that he caused 2 NCAA competition looks in his three seasons on the job.Pitino thanked the Iona administration and his players in a series of tweets Monday.
“… I’m not unfortunate it ended. I’m so grateful it took place,”he tweeted, including:” To my players, the last three years. All I can state is you know just how much I enjoy you.” St. John’s courted Pitino, 70, fervently given that shooting coach Mike Anderson recently, and landed him with what’s being referred to as a profitable financial package.Editor’s Picks 2 Associated Pitino is the only coach to lead three programs to the Last 4(Providence, Kentucky and Louisville), and won national titles with Kentucky and Louisville.In a conference with St. John’s authorities Sunday, Pitino set out his vision for the program, a source informed ESPN. Pitino engaged with the authorities about the school’s commitment, as sources said he would be taking the job
with the intention of completing for Big East champions and the national title. That will require considerable support both for the program and in the name, image and similarity space. The two sides talked about what’s
required for the program going forward.Pitino will be St. John’s a lot of embellished coach since Lou Carnesecca stepped down in 1992. Pitino is a Hall of Fame coach who has actually been to seven Final Fours.St. John’s has actually been to 2 Last Fours in its history and reached simply 3 NCAA tournaments considering that 2002. Pitino has not only won 2 national titles however has coached in 23 NCAA tournaments.Over that span since 2002, St. John’s has actually churned through Mike Jarvis, Standard Roberts, Steve Lavin, Chris Mullin and Anderson as head coaches.Pitino is from New York, and he coached with the Knicks as an assistant under Hubie Brown and as the franchise’s head coach from 1987 to 1989. His go back to the city will right away kick-start the school’s significance in the regional sports scene, which has faded in recent years.Pitino’s career and the St. John’s program seem intersecting at a time when they require each other. Louisville fired Pitino in October 2017 following an FBI investigation into corruption in college basketball, which ultimately caused a job in Greece before he took the Iona position in 2020.