Peter Joseph Gillen (born June 20, 1947) is an American former college basketball head coach of the Division I Xavier Musketeers, Providence Friars and Virginia Cavaliers and is a member of the New York City Basketball Hall of Fame. Gillen is currently a college basketball analyst with the CBS Sports Network.
|Born||June 20, 1947|
Brooklyn, New York
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|1980–1985||Notre Dame (assistant)|
|Head coaching record|
Coach Gillen began his coaching career at his high school alma mater Brooklyn Prep, first as freshman coach in the 1970–71 school year then as varsity head coach from 1971 to 1973. He soon moved to the collegiate level when he joined the coaching staff of the University of Hawaii Rainbow Warriors, with Rick Pitino as one of his fellow assistants. Gillen followed that with subsequent assistant coaching stints at the Virginia Military Institute; Villanova University under Rollie Massimino, and the University of Notre Dame under Digger Phelps from 1980 to 1985.
At Xavier, Gillen compiled an impressive record, taking the Musketeers to the NCAA tournament seven times and to the NIT tournament once (1994). He won 202 games in the third-longest tenure ever for a XU coach. He was the winningest coach in XU history until Chris Mack passed him in 2018.
Following his success at Xavier, Gillen was hired at Providence to replace Rick Barnes, who had left to coach Clemson University. He followed PC's 1994 Big East title with two trips to the NIT before the Friars' 1997 run to the Elite Eight, upsetting Marquette and Duke and beating Chattanooga before losing in overtime to eventual national champion Arizona.
Following a tough 1997–98 year, where he lost four starters (three to graduation, and one (God Shammgod) to the NBA draft), Gillen moved on, replacing Jeff Jones at Virginia, who resigned on March 15, 1998 after eight years as the Cavaliers’ head coach. Gillen's seven Virginia teams compiled an overall record of 118–93 and competed in five postseason tournaments. The Cavaliers participated in the 2001 NCAA Tournament and in the National Invitation Tournament four times. He resigned after the 2004–05 season. Gillen was notorious for his philosophy of expeditiously calling timeouts as he felt needed – routinely using most, if not all, of his teams' allotted timeouts in the first half of games.
In September 2008, Gillen was inducted into the New York City Basketball Hall of Fame along with NBA stars Kenny Anderson, Sam Perkins and Rod Strickland, and pioneers Lou Bender and Eddie Younger.
Head coaching recordEdit
|Xavier Musketeers (Midwestern Collegiate Conference) (1985–1994)|
|1985–86||Xavier||25–5||10–2||1st||NCAA Division I First Round|
|1986–87||Xavier||19–13||7–5||T–3rd||NCAA Division I Second Round|
|1987–88||Xavier||26–4||9–1||1st||NCAA Division I First Round|
|1988–89||Xavier||21–12||7–5||3rd||NCAA Division I First Round|
|1989–90||Xavier||28–5||12–2||1st||NCAA Division I Sweet 16|
|1990–91||Xavier||22–10||11–3||1st||NCAA Division I Second Round|
|1992–93||Xavier||24–6||12–2||T–1st||NCAA Division I Second Round|
|1993–94||Xavier||22–8||8–2||1st||NIT Third Round|
|Xavier:||202–75 (.729)||83–25 (.769)|
|Providence Friars (Big East Conference) (1994–1998)|
|1994–95||Providence||17–13||7–11||T–6th||NIT Second Round|
|1995–96||Providence||18–12||9–9||3rd (BE7)||NIT Second Round|
|1996–97||Providence||24–12||10–8||T–2nd (BE7)||NCAA Division I Elite Eight|
|Providence:||72–53 (.576)||33–39 (.458)|
|Virginia Cavaliers (Atlantic Coast Conference) (1998–2005)|
|1999–00||Virginia||19–12||9–7||T–3rd||NIT First Round|
|2000–01||Virginia||20–9||9–7||4th||NCAA Division I First Round|
|2001–02||Virginia||17–12||7–9||T–5th||NIT First Round|
|2002–03||Virginia||16–16||6–10||T–6th||NIT Second Round|
|2003–04||Virginia||18–13||6–10||T–7th||NIT Second Round|
|Virginia:||118–93 (.559)||45–67 (.402)|
Postseason invitational champion
- "Cum Laude: Bachelor of Arts". Fairfield University, The College of Arts and Sciences, Catalogue Issue 1968-1969. Fairfield University. 1968. p. 130.
- Plenty of star power at NYC HOF ceremony
- "Pete Gillen". University of Virginia. Archived from the original on December 19, 2005. Retrieved December 19, 2016.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-02-01. Retrieved 2009-03-31.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
- Mallozzi, Vincent M. "City’s Basketball Hall Welcomes 98-Year-Old Inductee", The New York Times, September 17, 2008. Accessed September 14, 2009.
- 1994 USA Basketball Archived 2007-11-26 at the Wayback Machine
- "Pete Gillen, College Basketball Analyst". CBS. Retrieved December 20, 2016.