Will Rick Pitino be Looking for Another Assistant Coach at the End of the Season?

By Jon Hancock
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Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino has produced several head coaches in college basketball over the years. Whether it be ex-players or ex-assistant coaches, there has been several to leave Pitino’s system ready to take over their own team.

Could this happen again after this season?

According to Jeff Goodman of CBS Sports there is. He said via Twitter Friday morning that a source told him the Missouri-Kansas City Kangaroos may be looking for a new head coach after the season when they let coach Matt Brown go. Goodman also said that Louisville assistant Kareem Richardson will be in the mix for the job.

Louisville played and beat UMKC earlier this season, 99-47.

This is only the first year under Pitino at Louisville for Richardson. He came to Louisville from Xavier, where he was an assistant for a year. Before that he had been on staff at Drake, UMKC, Evansville and several other universities. He is known for being a great X’s and O’s guy.

After last season’s Final Four run, Pitino said goodbye to his son Richard who left Louisville to take the head coaching job at Florida International. Some other coaches who have either been an ex-assistant or ex-player under Pitino include Florida‘s Billy Donovan, Cincinnati‘s Mick Cronin, Oklahoma State‘s Travis Ford and Manhattan‘s Steve Masiello.

Now will Richardson look to leave after one year at Louisville, that is yet to be seen. Rick Pitino likes his assistants to stay at least two years before leaving, mostly for recruiting purposes. It wouldn’t be surprising to see schools go after Louisville’s other assistants, Kevin Keatts and Wyking Jones as well after this season.  Both Keatts and Jones have done an amazing job in their two years under Pitino.

It is a great testament to Pitino that he has been able to teach others to become great, not just good, head coaches. When Pitino does decide to retire, he wont just be known for how many games he won, he will also be known for the coaches he taught. I am sure Pitino will be happy about that.


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