Luke Hancock and Russ Smith combined to average 33 points in the NCAA Tournament.
Balado replaces Kareem Richardson, who left UofL to become the head coach at UMKC
Will join former UofL assistant Richard Pitino at Florida International University
Head coach Rick Pitino added Kareem Richardson and Doug Davenport to staff.
Peyton Siva was named to the West Region All-Tournament team.
Men's Basketball Press Conference (3/23/12)
Louisville will play the winner of Michigan State and Saint Louis in the Sweet Sixteen.
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Associate men's basketball coach Richard Pitino returned to the University of Louisville men's basketball staff in April 2011 after serving as an assistant coach for two years at the University of Florida. The son of Cardinals head coach Rick Pitino was an assistant with the Cardinals from 2007-09.
"Richard has worked tirelessly since the time he was a college student," said Rick Pitino. "He fills a much needed void left by Steve Masiello, who handled chief scouting duties and game preparation for our team. Richard will have a lot on his plate as we indoctrinate a new staff into all aspects of Cardinal Basketball. We're excited to have him return to our staff, as he helped us reach two Elite Eights and two BIG EAST Championships."
"I'm excited about the opportunity to be back at the University of Louisville," said Richard Pitino. "The two years I had there working under Tom Jurich and my father were memorable. I'm excited about working with this current team and in the future development of Louisville Basketball. I am eager to get started."
Richard has developed into one of the top young assistants and recruiters in the nation with a reputation as a tireless worker and a comprehensive, detailed scout. He worked at Florida under head coach Billy Donovan, who played under Rick Pitino at Providence for two seasons, including the 1986-87 season when the Friars reached the NCAA Final Four. Donovan also served as an assistant coach at Kentucky under his father.
In his two seasons with the Gators, Florida was a combined 50-20 with back-to back NCAA Tournament appearances, including reaching the 2011 NCAA Southeast Regional finals before falling to NCAA runner-up Butler. The Gators won the 2011 Southeastern Conference championship and had a 29-7 overall record, ranking 10th in the final ESPN/USA Today poll and 15th by AP.
Richard has continued to be an integral part of successful programs. In his two years with the Cardinals, UofL produced a combined 58-15 record, reached the NCAA Elite Eight both seasons, and his efforts helped the Cards land top 15 recruiting classes each year. Louisville won the 2009 BIG EAST Conference regular season and tournament championships, finished with a 31-6 record and was the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament.
Richard worked as an assistant coach under Ron Everhart at Duquesne for one year prior to joining the UofL staff. He helped the Dukes more than triple its victories from a year prior to their arrival, posting a 10-18 record in 2006-07 after inheriting a team that had won just three of its 27 games. Richard also worked with Everhart one year at Northeastern (2005-06) when the Huskies built a 19-11 record and 12-6 mark in the Colonial Athletic Association. Richard served as an administrative assistant under Tom Herrion at the College of Charleston during the Cougars' 18-10 season in 2004-05.
Richard, who earned his bachelor's degree in history at Providence College in 2005, spent two seasons as a manager for the Friar's men's basketball team. In his junior year, Providence reached the school's highest national ranking of No. 12 (AP) and earned an NCAA Tournament appearance.
While at Providence, Richard also served as an assistant coach at Saint Andrew's School in Barrington, R.I. for two years. In his first season, the team finished the year ranked 25th in the nation by USA Today and won the New England Prep School Championship.
He is married to the former Jill Urbanus and they have one daughter, Ava Catherine, born in April.