Rick Pitino agrees to six-year deal to become new St. John's head coach
Rick Pitino will be the new head coach at St. John’s after both sides agreed to a six-year deal on Monday, according to multiple reports.
Texas Tech and Providence were also reportedly in the mix for Pitino.
Per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Pitino, 70, is expected to be introduced at a news conference at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday at 12 p.m., and has informed his Iona players that he will not be returning to New Rochelle next season.
After missing out on the NCAA Tournament for the fourth-straight year and firing head coach Mike Anderson, St. John's now has a Hall of Fame coach at the helm.
Pitino led the Gaels to the 2023 NCAA Tournament, where they earned a No. 13 seed in the Big Dance before falling to No. 4 seed UConn on Friday.
"Not really," Pitino said Friday, via 247Sports, when asked if he had a timeline to make a decision. "You know, I really haven't put any thought into it at all. I hear the question from you, and I think when you start thinking ahead, you always fail. We put a lot of effort into this game. I don't know. I don't know if it's right for me, another job. I don't know that. It's something, like I said before, I know you're all alluding to St. John's, but I've never seen St. John's."
Pitino led the Friars from 1985-87 before becoming the Knicks' head coach and leading them from 1987 to 1989. Pitino was also an assistant with the Knicks from 1983-85.
He is the only coach to lead three colleges (Providence, Kentucky, and Louisville) to the Final Four. He won the National Championship with Kentucky in 1996 and with Louisville in 2013, although that title was vacated due to NCAA violations.
After being fired by Louisville, Pitino coached the Greek EuroLeague team Panathinaikos for two seasons before becoming Iona's head coach in 2020.