Former Kings Assistant Coach, Princeton Head Coach Pete Carril Passes Away

Aug 15, 2022, 2:05 PM | Updated: 4:11 pm

Former basketball coach Pete Carril looks on during a college basketball game....

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 22: Former basketball coach Pete Carril looks on during a college basketball game between the Boston University Terriors and the American Eagles on January 22, 2014 at the Bender Arena in Washington, DC. The Eagles won 86-56. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

(Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

Pete Carril, also known as Coachie, passed away Monday at the age of 92.

“The Carril family is sad to report that Coach Peter J. Carril passed away peacefully this morning. We kindly ask that you please respect our privacy at this time as we process our loss and handle necessary arrangements,” his family said in a press release.

The legendary coach spent nearly 30 years on the sidelines at Princeton before joining the Sacramento Kings in 2006 as an assistant coach. He returned to the Kings organization in 2009 as a consultant before fully retiring in 2011.

Pete Carril coached the Princeton Tigers for 29 years, where he notched 514 wins. Before joining Princeton, he coached at Lehigh, resulting in 525 career college basketball wins as a coach. Carril is best known for developing the “Princeton Offense,” which emphasized constant motion, screens and cuts.

Gary Gerould, the voice of the Sacramento radio broadcast, said on Twitter Coachie was an “extraordinary human being.” The Sacramento Kings said in a statement the organization is “Coachie left an indelible imprint on the Kings organization and the many players who benefited from his tutelage.”

NBA great and one-time Kings coach Bill Russel died on July 31, 2022. 


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