Longtime Princeton coach, Hall of Famer Pete Carril dies at 92

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Longtime Princeton coach Pete Carril, seen here in 1996, died on Monday at 92. (AP Photo/Tom Russo)
Longtime Princeton coach Pete Carril, seen here in 1996, died on Monday at 92. (AP Photo/Tom Russo)

Longtime Princeton men's basketball coach and Hall of Famer Pete Carril died Monday morning, the university announced.

He was 92.

"The Carril family is sad to report that Coach Peter J. Carril passed away peacefully this morning,” his family said in a statement. “We kindly ask that you please respect our privacy at this time as we process our loss and handle necessary arrangements. More information will be forthcoming in the following days."

Carril spent 30 seasons coaching at the collegiate level, all but one of which was with the Tigers. He took over at Princeton in 1967 after a one-year run at Lehigh, and remained there until 1996.

Carril compiled a 525-273 overall record while winning 13 Ivy League championships and one NIT title in 1975. He made it to the NCAA tournament 11 times and was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1998.

He spent 13 seasons as an assistant coach with the Sacramento Kings after his Princeton run before retiring for good in 2012 at 81.

"Let me just say that no one ever starts out wanting to be a Hall of Fame coach or a Hall of Fame doctor or a Hall of Fame anything," Carill said in his Naismith induction speech, via ESPN. "No one ever starts out that way. There are a lot of forces at work, and you don't know where you're going to end up, and you don't know why it happens.

"Princeton was always half-decent in basketball. But we're a national school now, basketball wise. And I don't think that anything's going to happen to change that."