It’s PIT-EEEEENO!!! Richard Pitino Named Lobo Coach

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The University of New Mexico released the following news a short time ago. There will be a news conference and meet-and-greet on Thursday.

There is also a virtual news conference scheduled for today with Lobo athletic director Eddie Nuñez at 2 p.m., with fans invited to watch at

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — University of New Mexico Director of Athletics Eddie Nuñez has announced that Richard Pitino, who has been a part of several championships and Power 5 programs, has been named as the 22nd head coach of the Lobo men’s basketball team. 

Pitino was officially ousted as head coach at Minnesota on Monday night after eight seasons. He was 141-123 and 54-96 in the Big Ten. Pitino interviewed with the Lobos over the weekend.

Here is the rest of the Lobo release to the media:

“It is a great day for Lobo Basketball and for everyone who loves our program and our University,” said Director of Athletics Eddie Nuñez.  “Richard Pitino is a proven winner with a track record of success on the court, including deep tournament runs and wins over nationally ranked programs, as well as proven success off the court by creating a tremendous student-athlete experience and supporting them as they earn their degrees. I welcome Richard, Jill and their three children to The University of New Mexico and to Duke City, and I am excited for the future of Lobo Basketball.” 

Pitino, 38, brings with him to the Duke City a wealth of experience in the Division I coaching ranks, including plenty of postseason experience.  He has been a part of seven NCAA Tournaments, including two as a head coach.  He has also been a part of three Elite Eight runs and one Final Four berth as an assistant. 

“My wife Jill, our children and I are very excited to join the Lobo Family,” said Pitino. “I want to extend my sincere thanks to President Stokes, Eddie Nuñez and David Williams for extending this opportunity.  Lobo Basketball holds a special place in the hearts of New Mexicans, and I cannot wait to get started.” 

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