College - Lafayette
Pete Carril enters his 13th season with the Kings and his 11th as an assistant coach. One of the most respected men in basketball, Carril spent 10 years as an assistant coach (1996-97 to 2001-02, 2003-04 to 2005-06, 2008-09 to present). Carril departed the bench for the 2002-03 season, taking on a new title and new role as special assistant to president, basketball operations. However, the coach in him won out as did the Kings, as Carril resumed his daily coaching duties with the club the following season (2003-04) through the 2005-06 campaign. He spent the 2007-08 season as a basketball consultant for the Kings before going back to the bench.
In a crowning achievement to his legendary collegiate coaching career, Carril was rewarded with an induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on September 29, 1997. After coaching 30 years in the NCAA ranks, Carril joined the Kings prior to the 1996-97 campaign. His addition to the Kings' coaching staff reunited him with Petrie, whom he coached at Princeton from 1968-70.
The winningest coach in Ivy League history (525-273, .658 winning percentage), Carril's career at Princeton included 13 conference titles, 11 NCAA Tournament appearances, and just one losing season. Prior to his retirement following the 1996 NCAA Tournament, he was the only active NCAA Division I head coach to reach the 500-victory plateau without athletic scholarships.
In his final season as head coach at Princeton, he led the Tigers to the Ivy League Championship with a 22-7 record. In one of the most thrilling moments of the 1996 NCAA Tournament, Carril's Tigers upset defending champion UCLA in the first round, 43-41, on a signature Carril-designed backdoor layup with only 3.8 seconds remaining in the game.
Carril played collegiately at Lafayette College under Head Coach Butch Van Breda Kolff. Following his graduation from Lafayette in 1952, Carril began his coaching career at the high school level where he stayed for 12 years. He went on to become head coach at Lehigh University for one season before beginning his stay at Princeton in 1967.
Carril is the proud father of two children, son Peter and daughter Lisa, as well as two grandchildren. He enjoys going on long walks and playing tennis.