Former Princeton basketball coach Pete Carril dies at 92

Former Princeton basketball coach Pete Carril died Monday at age 92, his family announced.

“The Carril family is sad to report that Coach Peter J. Carril passed away peacefully this morning,” the family said in a statement. “We kindly ask that you please respect our privacy at this time as we process our loss and handle necessary arrangements. More information will be forthcoming in the following days.”

Carril, a 1998 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inductee, coached the Princeton Tigers basketball team for 29 seasons from 1967 to 1996 after coaching at Lehigh for the 1966-67 season. During his tenure with the Tigers, Carril led his team to 514 wins, 11 NCAA Tournament appearances and 13 Ivy League championships.

Princeton nearly became the first No. 16 seed to defeat a No. 1 seed in 1989 when the Tigers lost to Georgetown 50-49. During his final season at Princeton, Carril’s 13th-seeded Tigers upset defending national champion and fourth-seeded UCLA in the 1996 NCAA Tournament.



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After Princeton, Carril went on to coach the Sacramento Kings as an assistant from 1996 to 2006 and later became a consultant until retiring in 2011.

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