Longtime coach Pete Carril is best known for his years with Princeton University and his populat “Princeton Offense”. Carril spent one year at Lehigh University before moving on to Princeton where he compiled a 514-261 record.He is the only coach to win 500 games without the luxury of athletic scholarships.
Carill’s teams were #1 in the nation in scoring defense for fourteen of his 21 seasons. In 1989. Carril’s Princeton team nearly became the first #16 seed to take down a #1 seed when they took top-ranked Georgetown down to the last seconds barely losing 50-49.
Coach Carill’s finest victory came in his last win as Princeton coach in 1996 when the Tigers knocked off defending champion UCLA in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
In 1996 Coach Carril left Princeton for the NBA with an Assistant Coach position with the Sacramento Kings. He spent 10 years in the NBA
13 ivy league Championships
11 NCAA berths
2 NIT bids including the 1975 NIT Championship
Holds the Ivy League record for wins in a season and Ivy league championships
Basketball Hall of Fame in 1997
The most lasting element of his college coaching legacy is likely to be the increasingly popular Princeton offense, a low-possession offensive system consisting of frequent ball reversal, movement without the ball and back-door cuts which he developed.