Pete Gillen

Peter Joseph Gillen[1] (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.[2] Gillen is currently a college basketball analyst with the CBS Sports Network.

Pete Gillen
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Biographical details
Born (1947-06-20) June 20, 1947 (age 73)
Brooklyn, New York
Playing career
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1975–1976Hawaii (assistant)
1976–1978VMI (assistant)
1978–1980Villanova (assistant)
1980–1985Notre Dame (assistant)
Head coaching record


Playing careerEdit

Gillen was two sport athlete in baseball and basketball at Fairfield University where he received his bachelor's degree cum laude in English Literature in 1969.[1]

Coaching careerEdit

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.[3] 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.[4]

He was head basketball coach at Xavier University from 1985 to 1994, Providence College from 1994 to 1998, and the University of Virginia from 1998 to 2005.

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.[5]

USA BasketballEdit

Coach Gillen was an assistant coach under Don Nelson for the US national team during the 1994 FIBA World Championship, winning the gold medal.[6]

Broadcasting careerEdit

In 2005, Gillen joined College Sports Television (later CBS College Sports and now CBS Sports Network) as a college basketball analyst.[7]

Head coaching recordEdit

Statistics overview
Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
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
1991–92 Xavier 15–12 7–3 T–2nd
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
1997–98 Providence 13–16 7–11 4th (BE7)
Providence: 72–53 (.576) 33–39 (.458)
Virginia Cavaliers (Atlantic Coast Conference) (1998–2005)
1998–99 Virginia 14–16 4–12 9th
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
2004–05 Virginia 14–15 4–12 T–10th
Virginia: 118–93 (.559) 45–67 (.402)
Total: 392–221 (.639)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion


  1. ^ a b "Cum Laude: Bachelor of Arts". Fairfield University, The College of Arts and Sciences, Catalogue Issue 1968-1969. Fairfield University. 1968. p. 130.
  2. ^ Plenty of star power at NYC HOF ceremony
  3. ^ "Pete Gillen". University of Virginia. Archived from the original on December 19, 2005. Retrieved December 19, 2016.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-02-01. Retrieved 2009-03-31.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ Mallozzi, Vincent M. "City’s Basketball Hall Welcomes 98-Year-Old Inductee", The New York Times, September 17, 2008. Accessed September 14, 2009.
  6. ^ 1994 USA Basketball Archived 2007-11-26 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ "Pete Gillen, College Basketball Analyst". CBS. Retrieved December 20, 2016.