February 1, 2015
Rick Pitino's son, Richard, has accepted an assistant coaching position at Florida.
Richard Pitino spent the last two years working in a similar position under his father at Louisville after stints at Duquesne (2006-07), Northeastern (2005-06) and College of Charleston (2004-05). He replaces Shaka Smart, who left Florida to take the coaching job at Virginia Commonwealth.
Moving out of his father's shadow, the 26-year-old Pitino will try to help coach Billy Donovan and the Gators return to the NCAA tournament after two years in the NIT.
The Gators have lost seven players - four transferred, two jumped to the NBA and one recruit asked for his release - in the last year.