Richard Pitino Introduced as UofM Coach

By KBJR News 1

April 5, 2013 Updated Apr 5, 2013 at 8:03 PM CDT

Minneapolis, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- The University of Minnesota introduced 30-year-old Richard Pitino as the school's newest men's basketball coach. Pitino was the head coach for Florida International last season, his only year of experience of being in charge.

Richard is the son of Rick Pitino, the head coach at Louisville who has led the Cardinals to the 2013 Final Four. Richard, who signed a six-year deal worth at least $1.2 million annually, will be the youngest coach in the Big Ten by nine years.

Pitino was introduced at Williams Arena Friday afternoon in an event open to the public and called Minnesota a place where he and his family hope to be "for the rest of our lives."

"I mean the one thing I love about this place is the passionate fan base," Pitino said. "Anytime you have the opportunity to play at Williams Arena, which is one of the most historic arenas in the country, and one of the of the most passionate fan bases in the country, I think the sky is the limit for this place."

Pitino promised a fast-paced style at Minnesota that the Gophers will love to play.

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