During Wednesday afternoon’s press conference, Louisville head coach Rick Pitino stated that he’d be bringing on a former Cardinal player to his coaching staff.
Former Louisville center David Padgett will join the program as the assistant video coordinator. Doug Davenport, the son of former Louisville assistant and current Bellarmine head coach Scott Davenport, was hired last year as the full time video coordinator.
Padgett, a Reno, NV., native played three seasons for the Cards from 2005-08 after transferring from Kansas following his freshman season.
He was a three-year starter and captain at center and was a unanimous First Team All-Big East selection as a senior and also earned USBWA All-District IV honors. Padgett averaged a team-leading 11.2 points and grabbed 4.8 rebounds his senior year, helping Louisville reach the Elite 8.
He finished his career ranked second in career field goal percentage at Louisville, hitting 61.3 percent of his shots. His 66.7 field goal percentage as a senior was the second-highest in school history. Padgett set a Conference field goal percentage record for league games in 2008, hitting 68.3 percent of his shots in the 18 games.
After graduating from Louisville, Padgett went on to play professionally in the Canary Islands. He joined the Louisville staff as a program assistant for the 2010-11 season where he mostly worked with strength and conditioning.
Padgett spent just one season with Pitino’s staff before being named an assistnat coach at IUPUI. Head coach Todd Howard was let go following the 2013-14 season which left Padgett looking for a job.
When initially looking for a replacement for Kevin Keatts, Pitino noted that he wanted to bring in an experienced coach to work with the incoming freshman, particularly the front-court.
Kenny Johnson may be able to help in that area, but he’s mostly known for his recruiting efforts. When it comes to working with the incoming big men, Id’ say David Padgett will likely play a big role. Padgett is one of the more fundamentally sound players to play under Rick Pitino at Louisville.