Peter J. "Pete" Carril

While Pete Carril’s players were often shorter, thinner, and less athletic than most opponents, Carril’s cunning brand of basketball made the Princeton Tigers a difficult matchup every game. Carril won using strategy and textbook basics – an unselfish offense and team defense. The Princeton offense meant constant motion, crisp passing, and perfectly timed backdoor cuts. Regimented, disciplined, and fundamentally sound, Carril's teams led the nation in scoring defense in 14 of his last 21 seasons coaching, including the last eight in a row. During his 29 seasons, Princeton won 13 Ivy League championships and earned 13 postseason tournament bids, including 11 NCAA Tournament berths. In 1975, Carril led Princeton to the National Invitation Tournament championship. In 1996, more than twenty years later, Princeton upset UCLA in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. When he retired in 1997, Carril was the only Division I coach to record 500 wins without the luxury of athletic scholarships.