Pete Carril, longtime Princeton University basketball coach, dies at 92

“The Carril family is sad to announce that Coach Peter J. Carril passed away peacefully this morning,” the family statement read. “We kindly ask that you respect our privacy at this time as we process our loss and make arrangements. More information will be provided in the following days.”

Carril pioneered the so-called “Princeton offense,” an unselfish, passing-heavy style that – despite the Ivy League’s policy of not awarding athletic scholarships – leveled the playing field against teams often taller and more athletic.

Between 1967 and 1996, Carril led Princeton to 514 wins, 13 Ivy League championships, 11 trips to the NCAA Tournament and the 1975 NIT Championship.

“Princeton University mourns the loss of Pete Carril, longtime Princeton men’s basketball coach who had an incredible impact on the program, the sport and this university,” Princeton said on Twitter.

Carril’s greatest triumph for Princeton came in 1996, when he led his 13th-seeded Tigers to a win over heavily favored UCLA. After the epic win, a beaming Carril told CBS, “We just knocked down a giant!”

Carril left Princeton after that Cinderella season and spent more than 10 years as an NBA assistant coach, mostly with the Sacramento Kings.

Carril was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1998.


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