Rick Pitino Named Louisvillian Of The Year

Andy Lyons

Rick Pitino's 2013 scrapbook (Rick Pitino keeps scrapbooks) is going to be just a tad fatter than the ones he's made for previous years.

The Louisville head coach who has already won a national championship and been inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 2013 has now been named the Louisvillian of the Year, the American Advertising Federation announced in a press release.

Here's a chunk of the release:

First bestowed in 1951, AAF-Louisville's Louisvillian of the Year award is the oldest of its kind in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. This outstanding achievement is given to publicly recognize an individual's generous personal contributions to the Louisville community in the areas of civic, educational, or business progress in recent years.

A panel of past honorees selects the winner. Louisville business icon George Fischer was recognized as the 2012 Louisvillian of the Year. Previous honorees include: Bernard M. Trager, Alice K. Houston, James R. Ramsey, Mary Bingham, Stan Curtis, Muhammad Ali, Tom Jurich, Ulysses Bridgeman, Jr. and Mary H. Griffith.

Pitino, a New York native and transplant Louisvillian, is the Head Coach of the University of Louisville men's basketball team. Highlights from his 12 seasons with the UofL Cardinals include: 310 wins, three trips to the NCAA Final Four (2005, 2012, 2013), two Big East Conference championships (2009, 2013), and one NCAA Tournament Championship (2013).

His successes have united Louisville in Cardinal red and have made UofL one of the best college basketball teams in the country. Since coming on as Head Coach, Pitino has kept the team and the city in the national spotlight for 12 years.

His natural gift for coaching and successful career at five schools and two NBA teams have earned his a spot in the 2013 Induction Class for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Pitino has earned three Coach of the Year Awards and is the first coach in NCAA history to win a national championship at two different schools.

Finishing last in the Louisvillian of the Year voting? DePaul.

Summer of Rick.

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