2013 continues to be a banner year for Louisville head basketball coach Rick Pitino. On Monday morning The American Advertising Federation named Pitino as the recipient of its 2013 Louisvillian of the Year award.
According to WDRB.com, Pitino will receive his award at a luncheon in his honor on Friday, August 23 at The Olmsted in Louisville. A panel of previous honorees selects the winner for this annual award. Previous winners include: Bernard M. Trager, , James R. Ramsey, Stan Curtis, Muhammad Ali, Tom Jurich, Ulysses Bridgeman, Jr. and Mary H. Griffith.
I’m not sure the year 2013 can get much better for Rick Pitino
- Pitino received confirmation that he would be welcomed with the 2013 class of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.
- Pitino and his wife celebrated their 37th anniversary.
- Pitino’s horse, Goldencents won the $750,000 Santa Anita Derby qualifying for the Kentucky Derby in May.
- Pitino officially welcomed into the Naismith Hall of Fame at the championship ceremony in Atlanta.
- Pitino received a $2.7 million bonus, the accumulation of three years deferred bonuses.
- Louisville won the National Championship, becoming the first coach ever to win a championship at two different schools.
- Pitino received another $150,000 for winning the National Championship, putting his earning for this year over $6 million.
- JaQuan Lyle gives Pitino a verbal commitment, becoming the highest ranked player since Samardo Samuels to commit to Louisville.
- Makers Mark distillery released a limited edition Rick Pitino commemorative bottle.
- Pitino wins an ESPY for being the Best Coach/Manager.
- AAF names Pitino Louisvillian of the Year.