Pete Carril, legendary Princeton basketball coach, dead at 92

Hall of Fame Princeton men’s basketball head coach Pete Carril died Tuesday morning, his family said in a statement shared by the school. He was 92.

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

Legendary Princeton basketball coach Pete Carril has died at 92.
Legendary Princeton basketball coach Pete Carril has died at 92.
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Carril, a 1997 inductee into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, coached the Tigers for 29 seasons and led the program to 514 wins, 13 Ivy League championships and 11 NCAA Tournament appearances using his famous “Princeton Offense.” He joined the Tigers after a one-year stint at Lehigh.

Carril’s most famous moment with the Tigers came in 1995, when Princeton, the No. 13 seed, upset defending champion UCLA in the first round of NCAA Tournament.

After Princeton, Carril served as an assistant coach with the Sacramento Kings for 10 years until he retired in 2006. Carril returned to the Kings as an assistant three years later for the 2009 season, before retiring for good.

Pete Carill as an assistant coach with the Sacramento Kings, coaching Bobby Hurley (r.)
Pete Carill as an assistant coach with the Sacramento Kings, coaching Bobby Hurley (r.)
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Prior to his coaching career, Carril — a Bethlehem, Pa. native — served in the U.S. Army as a public information officer at the conclusion of the Korean War.

Princeton Basketball and Princeton Athletics will have forthcoming tributes to Carril in the days and weeks to come, according to the Tigers’ website.

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