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Peter J. "Pete" Carril (born July 10, 1930 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, United States) is a former collegiate head coach and current NBA assistant with the Sacramento Kings.

Son of Spanish immigrants in the USA, Carril is a graduate of Liberty High School in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, where he was an all-state selection for Pennsylvania in the 1947-48 season. He played collegiate basketball at Lafayette College under Butch Van Breda Kolff. Following graduation from college he was a teacher and coached high school basketball for 12 seasons at Easton (PA) High School and Reading (PA) High School, where Gary Walters, the current Princeton Athletic Director, and former Princeton point guard, played basketball under him.

One of the most successful collegiate basketball coaches in the history of the game, Carril is known for coaching Princeton University between 1967 and 1996, where he compiled a 514-261 (.658 winning percentage) record as the best record of any coach in Ivy League basketball history. Up until his retirement in 1996, Carril is also the only coach to win 500 games without the benefit of athletic scholarships for his players.[2] He won 13 Ivy League championships during 29 years of coaching, and received 11 NCAA berths and 2 NIT bids. Princeton won the NIT championship in 1975. Carril was noted for a tenacious defense, as his teams were first in the nation in scoring defense for fourteen of his final 21 seasons, including eight in a row, from 1988-1996. His final collegiate victory was an upset of defending national champions UCLA in the first round of the NCAA tournament in 1996 by a score of 43-41, in what is considered one of the greatest upsets of all time. [1][2]

The most lasting element of his college coaching legacy is likely to be the increasingly popular "Princeton offense", a slow, low-scoring method consisting of passes, movement without the ball and back-door cuts which he developed. John Thompson III, a former assistant to Carril, has successfully adopted the "Princeton offense" at Georgetown and coached the Hoyas to the 2007 Final Four.

Carril was an assistant coach for the Sacramento Kings of the National Basketball Association for 10 years until his retirement in 2006. When Rick Adelman became Sacramento's head coach before the 1998-1999 season, Carril helped Adelman install the Princeton offense and oversaw the Kings' development into one of the NBA's best, most talented, and most potent offensive teams. With the help of such stars as Vlade Divac, Chris Webber, Peja Stojakovic, Doug Christie, and Mike Bibby, (2001-2006), Carril showed that the Princeton offense could function in the NBA. In 2007 he volunteered as a coach to the Washington Wizards.[3] He has since resigned on as an assistant for the 2009 season with the Kings.

His career collegiate coaching record, including one season at Lehigh, was 525-273. He was enshrined in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 1997, following his retirement from Princeton.

Carril is married to Dolores L. ("Dilly") Halteman. They have a daughter, Lisa, and a son, Peter.


See also


  1. ^ Carril Is Yoda to Notion of Perpetual Motion - New York Times
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ Sactown Royalty :: A Sacramento Kings Blog

External links


  • The Smart Take from the Strong: The Basketball Philosophy of Pete Carril, Pete Carril and Dan White, New York: Simon & Schuster (1997), ISBN 9780684835105.
  • Play to Win: A Profile of Princeton Basketball Coach Pete Carril, Dan White, Prentice-Hall (1978), ISBN 9780136839040.
Preceded by
Butch van Breda Kolff
Princeton Men's Basketball Head Coach
1967 – 1996
Succeeded by
Bill Carmody


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