Rick Pitino is back in the coaching game.
This morning, the former Louisville and Kentucky basketball coach confirmed on his Twitter page that he would be taking over as the Greek national team head coach as they look to qualify for the 2020 Olympics.
Really honored to be coaching the Greek National team. Have a lot of work and preparation ahead but I’m looking forward to the challenge.
— Rick Pitino (@RealPitino) November 8, 2019
Coaching in the Greek League with Panathinaikos during the 2018-19 season, Pitino led the team to a league championship before turning down an offer to return as president and coach in June.
With this move, Pitino will start coaching the team for the Olympic qualifying tournament from June 23-28, with Greece being one of 24 teams competing for four Olympic bids.
“Obviously it’s a great honor for me to accept this position, and I’m looking forward to it,” Pitino said, via ESPN. “I’ll spend most of the winter, once the brackets are announced, studying the film and we’ll go to work.”
With Greece, Pitino will have the opportunity to coach Milwaukee Bucks superstar and 2018-19 NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, who played for his home country at the World Cup this summer.
Pitino coached at Kentucky from 1989-1997 before taking a job with the Boston Celtics from 1997-2001. He then took over as head coach at Louisville from 2001-2017.