Monday
Jul062009

Peter J. "Pete" Carril

Enshrined 1997
Bethlehem, PA
Born: July 10, 1930

Biography

Even though Pete Carril's players might have been shorter, thinner, or less muscular than their competitors, Carril's cunning brand of basketball made the Princeton's Tigers a difficult opponent to play. Carril won using strategy and textbook basics -- an unselfish offense and team defense. Regimented, disciplined, and fundamentally sound, Carril's teams led the nation in scoring defense fourteen of his last 21 seasons coaching, including the last eight in a row. During his 29 seasons, Princeton won thirteen Ivy League championships and earned thirteen postseason tournament bids (11 NCAA, 2 NIT). In 1975, Carril led Princeton to the Ivy League's only NIT championship. Upon retirement in 1997, Carril was the only Division I coach to record 500 wins without ever providing athletic scholarships.

Career Highlights

Led Princeton to thirteen Ivy League championships
Led Princeton to thirteen postseason tournaments (11 NCAA, two NIT)
NIT championship with Princeton, 1975
Led nation in defensive-points allowed fourteen times