“One of the things I’m most proud of is that I probably have 25-plus players and assistant coaches out there who have worked under me who have moved on,” Pitino boasts. “So obviously we’re doing something with our staff in terms of getting them ready to be a head coach.”
College coaches typically promote themselves by noting their number of wins and the players they’ve worked with who have been drafted into the N.B.A, but Pitino presents himself as a teacher ready to educate everyone around him, including his staff. He also looks to hire coaches that come from programs similar to his because, while educating one’s self is admirable, learning from the experiences of others provides access to additional hard-won lessons.
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