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Coach Carril to rejoin Kings.

Now I understand what Coach Carril was muttering about last night at Jadwin when he said he was leaving town for a few weeks...

SACRAMENTO, CA, January 8, 2009 ---- The Sacramento Kings today announced that former Kings assistant coach Pete Carril will return to the organization as a Basketball Development Consultant according to Kings President of Basketball Operations Geoff Petrie.

“We’re really excited to have Pete come back and join us as a consultant to assist Kenny (Natt) in all areas of individual player and team development,” said Petrie. “He’s really excited about rejoining the club and adding some of his experience and understanding of the game. I look forward to seeing him back here.”

One of the most respected men in basketball, Carril spent 10 seasons with the Kings as an assistant coach, specializing in individual player development and offensive schemes.

“Coach Carril brings a lot of winning experience and knowledge about basketball in general,” explained Kings’ Head Coach Kenny Natt. “As a young head coach, I will be able to utilize his experience and knowledge about getting the best out of our players. I’m looking forward to his input. It’s exactly what I need at this point.”

In a crowning achievement to his legendary collegiate coaching career, Carril was rewarded with an induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on September 29, 1997. After coaching 30 years in the NCAA ranks, Carril joined the Kings prior to the 1996-97 campaign. His addition to the Kings' coaching staff reunited him with Petrie, whom he coached at Princeton from 1968-70.

The winningest coach in Ivy League history (525-273, .658 winning percentage), Carril's career at Princeton included 13 conference titles, 11 NCAA Tournament appearances, and just one losing season. Prior to his retirement following the 1996 NCAA Tournament, he was the only active NCAA Division I head coach to reach the 500-victory plateau without athletic scholarships.

In his final season as head coach at Princeton, he led the Tigers to the Ivy League Championship with a 22-7 record. In one of the most thrilling moments of the 1996 NCAA Tournament, Carril's Tigers upset defending champion UCLA in the first round, 43-41, on a signature Carril-designed backdoor layup with only 3.8 seconds remaining in the game.

Carril played collegiately at Lafayette College under Head Coach Butch Van Breda Kolff. Following his graduation from Lafayette in 1952, Carril began his coaching career at the high school level where he stayed for 12 years. He went on to become head coach at Lehigh University for one season before beginning his stay at Princeton in 1967.

The Associated Press has more on this development.

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