April 6, 2007
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. - University of Louisville men's basketball coach Rick Pitino has made three revisions to his staff for the 2007-08 season.
Richard Pitino, an assistant coach at Duquesne University for the past year and the son of Rick Pitino, will join the U of L staff as an assistant coach. Eric Scott, an assistant coach at Bellarmine University in Louisville for the past two years and a former U of L program assistant, will become the Director of Basketball Operations on Pitino's staff. Matt Morris, a program assistant on the U of L staff the past year, will move into the Cardinals' Director of Video Operations role.
Richard Pitino worked the past season as an assistant coach under Ron Everhart at Duquesne, where he helped the Dukes more than triple its victories from a year prior to their arrival, posting a 10-18 record after inheriting a team that had won just three of its 27 games.
"I never expected to have my son work with me, so it's a great treat," said Rick Pitino. "He's really paid his dues and has become a terrific student of the game and a relentless recruiter. It will be a smooth transition as he knows our system up close and personal."
"We're going to miss Richard on a personal and professional level," said Duquesne head coach Ron Everhart. "It's a big loss to our program. He's a terrific young coach and is definitely the best assistant coach I have ever had. I know he'll be a great addition to the staff at Louisville. I'm very happy that he'll have the opportunity to work with his father. He couldn't hire a better coach. I don't even know if (Rick Pitino) fully understands how good Richard is. There's no doubt he's one of the finest young coaches in the country."
Richard Pitino 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 Pitino served as an administrative assistant under Tom Herrion at the College of Charleston during the Cougars' 18-10 season in 2004-05.
Richard Pitino, who earned his undergraduate 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 the school's 15th NCAA Tournament trip.
While at Providence, Richard Pitino 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.
Scott was a program assistant on the U of L staff for two seasons (2003-05) before joining the Bellarmine staff. In his first year at Bellarmine, he helped the Knights rise from a last place finish in the Great Lakes Valley Conference to third in the East Division and the Knights posted a 14-14 record, Bellarmine's first squad to finish .500 or better in five years.
"Eric rejoins our staff and it should also be an easy transition for him," said Pitino. "He worked tirelessly on our staff for two years and we are excited to have him back in a new role."
"Eric did a tremendous job here," said Bellarmine coach Scott Davenport. "Louisville's gain is Bellarmine's loss. He's one of the finest young coaches I have ever had the opportunity to be around. We worked really well together. We wish him the best at Louisville and I'm sure he will do well there."
Scott spent two years in International Basketball Operations with the NBA, working in such areas as tracking American players playing abroad, assisting players obtain visas, assisting with the organization of international events and assisting with the selection of players and group planning with USA Basketball for the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
Scott has served as an assistant basketball coach at Collegiate High School in New York for the past three seasons. He spent a year as an institutional options sales trader before joining the NBA staff.
Scott earned a bachelor's degree in U.S. History in 1998 from Pennsylvania, where he participated on the basketball team as a freshman. He attained an MBA in sport management from Seton Hall in 2003. He was a five-year letterwinner at Lawrenceville (N.J.) Prep School, earning New Jersey A prep allstate
honors for three seasons.
His father Norman was the team physician for the NBA New York Knicks and his stepmother Susan was the team physician for the WNBA New York Liberty. His mother Joan Frawley appeared in the movie "Without A Trace" and has worked in other acting assignments. His brother Will is a sophomore walk-on guard on the U of L team.
"Matt has worked with us as a student manager, staff assistant, and is moving up the ladder to our video coordinator position," said Pitino. "We are glad to have Matt continue as a member our staff."
Over the past year as a program assistant on the U of L staff, Morris' primary duties included assisting in opponent scouting through extensive film breakdowns, game preparation and assisting in on-campus recruiting efforts.
Morris was a student manager for the Cardinals for five seasons (2001-06). After graduating from Pleasure Ridge Park High School in Louisville -- where he helped his team win two Region 6 titles -- Morris played one season at Indiana Wesleyan University before enrolling at U of L. Morris completed his degree in history at U of L in 2007.
The new staff members join current second-year assistant coaches Marvin Menzies and Steve Masiello on Pitino's staff. An opening on the Cardinals' staff became available for Richard Pitino when Kevin Willard, an assistant coach at U of L for the past six years, departed to accept a new head coaching opportunity which has not yet been announced. Morris replaces Dan McHale, who is moving to an assistant coaching role with Willard. Scott replaces Devon Smith, who had worked one season with the Cardinals.