Coaches

Sports coaches are the professionals who instruct and train the athletes participating in some specific sports. Coaches play a very important role in helping individual players and teams achieve their full potential and thereby improve their performances. Professional sports are highly competitive and in such situations the responsibilities of the coach increases manifold. Often the head coach of a professional team is assisted by assistant coaches and physical trainers. Coaches identify the strengths and weaknesses of their clients and help them in implementing a suitable training programme to improve their physical and psychological fitness. In addition to helping professional players in achieving their highest potentials, coaches also scout for new talents. They play the role of mentors as they encourage and motivate aspiring sportspersons to take up a particular sport. Coaches in any sport are required to have experience and expertise in playing that particular sport. The duties and responsibilities of coaches differ according to the sports they coach their clients in. It is a highly demanding yet highly satisfying job. Browse this section to explore about the life and works of various famous sports coaches from all over the world.

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 1 Wayne Rooney

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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: October 24, 1985
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Croxteth, Liverpool, England, United Kingdom

Regarded as one of the best football players of the current era, Wayne Rooney is the record goal-scorer for the Manchester United FC and England national team. Originally a boxer, Wayne continues to pursue boxing as a recreational activity. Wayne has been controversy's favorite child for many years now; from allegations of infidelity to legal issues, he has faced them all!

 2 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
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Famous As: Basketball Player, Basketball Coach
Birthdate: April 16, 1947
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New York City, New York

Retired basketball player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is a legendary NBA champion and its all-time leading scorer. Known for his trademark skyhook shot, he achieved remarkable feats during his career. Later, he pursued a successful writing and acting career and was even selected U.S. global cultural ambassador. The NBA star is also the proud recipient of the prestigious Presidential Medal of Freedom.

 3 Pep Guardiola

Pep Guardiola.
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Famous As: Former Footballer, Football Manager
Birthdate: January 18, 1971
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Santpedor

A football addict from beginning, Pep Guardiola went on to become a key player with the Barcelona and the Spanish National team. He played a crucial role in winning major titles like the La Liga and an Olympic gold medal. After retiring as a player, he became a coach and is widely regarded as one of the world's best coaches. 

 4 Nick Saban

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Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: October 31, 1951
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Fairmont, West Virginia

 5 Jürgen Klopp

Jürgen Klopp.
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Famous As: Football Manager
Birthdate: June 16, 1967
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Stuttgart

Jürgen Klopp is a German football manager and former player. He is the manager of the Liverpool football club and is considered as one of the best managers in the world. He has also been the manager of Borussia Dortmund. Liverpool won their first FIFA Club World Cup and first Premier League title under him. He is famous for his enthusiastic celebrations.

 6 Phil Jackson

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Famous As: Former Basketball Player, Executive & Coach
Birthdate: September 17, 1945
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Deer Lodge

Phil Jackson is a former professional basketball player who played 12 seasons in the National Basketball Association and won the NBA championships in 1970 and 1973 when he was with New York Knicks. Later, he coached the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers and led them both to numerous championships and league titles and is considered one of the greatest basketball coaches ever.

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 7 Alex Ferguson

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Famous As: Former Manager of Manchester United
Birthdate: December 31, 1941
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland
Alex Ferguson is known for his 26-year tenure as the manager of the football club Manchester United, from 1986 to 2013. He won 38 trophies with the club, including 13 Premier League titles. The first English Football Hall of Fame inductee, Ferguson has also received the knighthood
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 8 Arsène Wenger

Arsène Wenger.
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Famous As: Football Manager
Birthdate: October 22, 1949
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Strasbourg
French football manager Arsène Wenger is known for being the longest-tenured and most successful manager of Arsenal, with whom he won the Premier League title thrice. Nicknamed Le Professeur for his serious look, the English Football Hall of Fame inductee is known to encourage young talent in the sport. 
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 9 Andy Reid

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Famous As: Coaches
Birthdate: March 19, 1958
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA

 10 Ryan Giggs

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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: November 29, 1973
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Cardiff
Welsh midfielder Ryan Giggs has had a successful 24-year stint with Manchester United as a senior player and has also served as their interim coach. He has won 13 Premier League titles with the club and was the first player with two consecutive PFA Young Player of the Year awards.
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 11 Carlo Ancelotti

Carlo Ancelotti.
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: June 10, 1959
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Reggiolo

Carlo Ancelotti had humble beginnings as a midfielder in Italian club football. He was part of the Italian national squad in two World Cups and one UEFA Euro, and is one of three managers who have won the UEFA Champions League thrice, twice with Milan and once with Real Madrid.

 12 Jim Harbaugh

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Famous As: American football coach
Birthdate: December 23, 1963
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Toledo, Ohio, United States

Jim Harbaugh is a former football player and coach. He currently serves as the head football coach of the Michigan Wolverines. As a player, he played in the National Football League (NFL) from 1987 to 2000. After that, he took up coaching and has coached several teams, including Stanford Cardinal and San Francisco 49ers. 

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 13 Urban Meyer

Urban Meyer
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Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: July 10, 1964
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Toledo, Ohio, United States

Urban Meyer is an American football coach who is currently serving as the head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars which competes in the NFL. He has also coached college football teams like the Ohio State Buckeyes, helping the team win its maiden Big Ten Conference title. He has also worked as an analyst for popular TV networks like Fox Sports.

 14 Gregg Popovich

Gregg Popovich.
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Famous As: Basketball Coach
Birthdate: January 28, 1949
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: East Chicago

Basketball coach Gregg Popovich currently serves as the head coach and president of the NBA team San Antonio Spurs. Known as Coach Pop, the three-time NBA Coach of the Year has scored the most wins NBA wins, leading the Spurs to 22 season wins, including five NBA titles.

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 15 Muggsy Bogues

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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: January 9, 1965
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States

 16 Claudio Ranieri

Claudio Ranieri.
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Famous As: Football Manager
Birthdate: October 20, 1951
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Rome

Claudio Ranieri is an Italian football manager and the current head coach of Sampdoria, a football club which competes in Serie A. As a manager, Ranieri has won several honors, such as the 2016 LMA Manager of the Year and the Best FIFA Men's Coach. A former player, Ranieri was inducted into the Italian Football Hall of Fame in 2016.

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 17 Unai Emery

Unai Emery
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Famous As: Association football player, Association football manager
Birthdate: November 3, 1971
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Hondarribia

 18 Mike Krzyzewski

Mike Krzyzewski
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Famous As: Basketball player, Basketball coach
Birthdate: February 13, 1947
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chicago

Mike Krzyzewski is a men's basketball coach currently affiliated with Duke University. He played basketball in the United States Military Academy and served as an officer in the United States Army for a few years. He later joined the coaching staff at the Indiana Hoosiers. He has been with Duke University since 1980 and plans to retire soon. 

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 19 Tyronn Lue

Tyronn Lue.
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Famous As: Basketball Coach
Birthdate: May 3, 1977
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Mexico, Missouri, United States

Tyronn Lue is an American basketball coach currently serving as the head coach for the popular team Los Angeles Clippers of the NBA. Previously, he coached the Cleveland Cavaliers, which won the 2016 NBA Finals under his guidance. During his playing career, Tyronn Lue helped the Los Angeles Lakers win two NBA championships.

 20 Dabo Swinney

Dabo Swinney.
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Famous As: American Football Coach
Birthdate: November 20, 1969
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Birmingham

Dabo Swinney is an American football coach. The highest-paid coach in college athletics history, Dabo Swinney helped the Clemson Tigers of the Clemson University win two national championships; he is the second-most successful head coach in Clemson history, only behind Frank Howard.

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 21 Harry Redknapp

Harry Redknapp.
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Famous As: Football Manager
Birthdate: March 2, 1947
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: London

Harry Redknapp is an English former soccer player and manager who managed the Portsmouth Football Club, which won the 2008 FA Cup. He also managed other teams like West Ham United and Southampton FC before announcing his retirement in 2017. Along with his wife, Redknapp has been serving as the fundraising president for a charity called Leukaemia Busters since 2004.

 22 Ronald Koeman

Ronald Koeman.
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Famous As: Football Manager, Former Player
Birthdate: March 21, 1963
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Zaandam

Dutch formerfootball  player Ronald Koeman was one of the stars of the Netherlands national team during his playing days. After his retirement, he became a professional football manager and is currently the head coach of La Liga club Barcelona. Tremendously successful as a head coach, he was made the manager of Barcelona in 2020.

 23 Ed Orgeron

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Famous As: Coach
Birthdate: July 27, 1961
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Larose, Louisiana, USA

Ed Orgeron is a former football player turned coach. He currently serves as the head football coach at Louisiana State University (LSU). He played college football at LSU and Northwestern State University. He began his coaching career in the 1980s and has coached the teams at the University of Mississippi and the University of Southern California (USC). 

 24 Rafael Benítez

Rafael Benítez
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Famous As: Association football player, Association football manager
Birthdate: April 16, 1960
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Madrid
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 25 Marcelo Bielsa

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Famous As: Football Coach
Birthdate: July 21, 1955
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Rosario

Renowned football manager and the current head coach of Leeds United, Marcelo Bielsa is best known for remarkably improving the performance of the players he coaches. As a manager, his high point arrived when he helped the Argentinean national team bag the 2004 Olympics gold medal and later guided the Chile’s national team to qualify for the 2010 world cup.

 26 Wayne Gretzky

Wayne Gretzky.
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Famous As: Ice Hockey Player
Birthdate: January 26, 1961
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Brantford, Ontario, Canada
Nicknamed "The Great One,” Wayne Gretzky is a four-time Stanley Cup Champion and a six-time All-Star record-breaker. The Hockey Hall of Fame inductee played for four NHL teams from 1979 to 1999, was the leading scorer in NHL history, and served as the head coach of the Phoenix Coyotes.
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 27 Lane Kiffin

Lane Kiffin
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Famous As: Sports coach, American football player
Birthdate: May 9, 1975
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bloomington

Lane Kiffin is a football coach and former player. At present, he is affiliated with the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) as their head football coach. He played college football and later joined the coaching staff of the USC Trojans football team. He was once the head coach of Oakland Raiders and the University of Tennessee Volunteers college football team.  

 28 Sam Allardyce

Sam Allardyce.
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Famous As: Football Manager
Birthdate: October 19, 1954
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Old Park Farm, Dudley

Sam Allardyce is an English football manager. He currently manages West Bromwich Albion, which competes in the Premier League. Often regarded as a pioneer of sports science in football, Allardyce is renowned for his keenness to use innovative techniques and technology in coaching. He is also a keen proponent of yoga.  

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 29 Penny Hardaway

Penny Hardaway
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Famous As: Basketball coach
Birthdate: July 18, 1971
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, United States

 30 Pat Riley

Pat Riley
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Famous As: Basketball player, Basketball coach, Coach
Birthdate: March 20, 1945
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Rome

Pat Riley is a former coach and player in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Currently, he is a professional basketball executive and has been the team president of the Miami Heat since 1995. He is considered one of the greatest NBA coaches of all time and is a recipient of the Chuck Daly Lifetime Achievement Award. 

 31 Vincent Thomas Lombardi

Vincent Thomas Lombardi
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Birthdate: June 11, 1913
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: August 3, 1970

 32 Vince Lombardi

Vince Lombardi.
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Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: June 11, 1913
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Brooklyn
Died: September 3, 1970

Football coach, Vince Lombardi, is best known for being the head coach of the Green Bay Packers during the 1960s. Beginning his career as a high school coach, he eventually started coaching  National Football League (NFL) teams. As a head coach in the NFL, he never had a losing season. He died of cancer in 1970.

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 33 Jerry Krause

Jerry Krause
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Famous As: Scout
Birthdate: April 6, 1939
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: March 21, 2017

Jerry Krause was a sports scout and executive. He served as the general manager of the Chicago Bulls in the National Basketball Association (NBA) for several years, from 1985 to 2003. He won the NBA Executive of the Year Award twice. He died in 2017 and was posthumously inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame later that year. 

 34 Boris Becker

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Famous As: Former World No. 1 Tennis Star
Birthdate: November 22, 1967
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Leimen, West Germany

Boris Becker is a German former tennis player who has three Wimbledons, one US Open, and two Australian Open titles under his belt. He also won an Olympic gold medal in men's doubles in 1992. Becker, who had a successful start to his career, struggled to cope with his early fame and success; he retired at the age of 31.

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 35 Jordan Rodgers

Jordan Rodgers
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Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: August 30, 1988
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Chico

Jordan Rodgers is a sports commentator. He began his career as a professional football quarterback and has played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Miami Dolphins. He began his broadcasting career in 2016. He participated in and won season 12 of the reality TV show The Bachelorette. His brother Aaron Rodgers is a popular football quarterback. 

 36 Doc Rivers

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Famous As: Basketball Coach
Birthdate: October 13, 1961
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States

Doc Rivers is a former American basketball player, who in his thirteen seasons played primarily for Atlanta Hawks and was known for his defence. After retirement, he picked up coaching responsibilities for Orlando Magic and in his first year was awarded NBA Coach of the Year. Later, he led Boston Celtics to NBA championship. He is currently the coach of Philadelphia 76ers.

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 37 Chip Kelly

Chip Kelly
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Famous As: Coach
Birthdate: November 25, 1963
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Dover, New Hampshire, USA

Chip Kelly is a football coach who is currently the head coach of the UCLA Bruins. In the past, he led the Oregon Ducks to four consecutive BCS bowl game appearances and gained much prominence. He began his career as a player and eventually moved on to coaching. He is well known for his unorthodox strategies and unique coaching philosophy.

 38 Jason Garrett

Jason Garrett
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Famous As: American Football Coach
Birthdate: March 28, 1966
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Abington, Pennsylvania, USA

 39 Joe Paterno

Joe Paterno.
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Famous As: American Football Player
Birthdate: December 21, 1926
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Brooklyn
Died: January 22, 2012

College football player, athletic director, and coach, Joe Paterno, is best remembered for being the head coach of the Penn State Nittany Lions from 1966 to 2011. In his extensive coaching career, he registered 409 victories. His career ended abruptly when he was dismissed as a result of the Penn State child sex abuse scandal. He died shortly after.

 40 Diego Simeone

Diego Simeone
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Famous As: Football Manager
Birthdate: April 28, 1970
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Buenos Aires, Federal District, Argentina

 41 Jimmy Johnson

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Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: July 16, 1943
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Port Arthur
Jimmy Johnson, also known as “Jimmy Jumpup," led the Dallas Cowboys as their head coach and won two Super Bowls consecutively. He has also coached teams such as the Miami Dolphins and Oklahoma State. He is one of two NFL coaches to be inducted into the “Centennial Class.” 

 42 Louis van Gaal

Louis van Gaal
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Famous As: Association football player, Association football manager
Birthdate: August 8, 1951
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Amsterdam

 43 Bruce Arians

Bruce Arians
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Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: October 3, 1952
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Paterson, New Jersey, United States

 44 David Moyes

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Famous As: Football Coach
Birthdate: April 25, 1963
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Glasgow
Scottish footballer and coach David Moyes had a 19-year playing stint as a center-back for football teams such as Celtic, Preston North End, and Bristol City. He currently manages the Premier League club West Ham United and has been named the League Managers Association Manager of the Year thrice. 

 45 Roy Hodgson

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Famous As: Association football player, Association football manager
Birthdate: August 9, 1947
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Croydon

 46 Mike Ditka

Mike Ditka.
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Famous As: American Football Player, NFL Coach
Birthdate: October 18, 1939
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Carnegie
Mike Ditka, nicknamed “Iron Mike,” was a star footballer for the Chicago Bears, the Philadelphia Eagles, and the Dallas Cowboys. He has coached the Cowboys and has also trained the Bears to win the Super Bowl XX. He has also worked as a sports broadcaster for ESPN and NBC.  

 47 Doug Pederson

Doug Pederson
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Famous As: Football coach
Birthdate: January 31, 1968
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bellingham, Washington, USA

 48 Robert Montgomery Knight

Robert Montgomery Knight
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Birthdate: October 25, 1940
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Massillon, Ohio

 49 Bob Knight

Bob Knight
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Famous As: Basketball coach, Basketball player
Birthdate: October 25, 1940
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Massillon

 50 Rick Pitino

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Famous As: Basketball Coach
Birthdate: September 18, 1952
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New York City, New York

Rick Pitino is an American basketball coach, currently serving as the head coach of the Greece national basketball team. Previously, Pitino has served as the head coach of many teams in NCAA Division I. He has the distinction of being the only coach to lead three different schools to a Final Four.

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