Pitino Returns to Coaching – WRUF

Former Louisville head coach Rick Pitino returns to college basketball as the head coach of Iona.  Pitino has not coached college basketball after being fired from the Cardinals in 2017.

Past Career

Pitino got his start as a head coach with Providence in 1985. He then moved on to coach the New York Knicks, but he is more well-known for the eight years that he headed Kentucky basketball. After spending 1997 to 2001 with the Boston Celtics, Pitino returned to college ball. He spent the next 16 years coaching with Louisville before he was fired. Afterwards, he moved overseas to coach the Greek team Panathinaikos in Super League Greece on a two year contract.


Pitino was fired after a federal investigation was opened surrounding bribery and corruption. Pitino directed funds from the Cardinals’ sponsor Adidas to high school prospects. He was aided by other members of the coaching staff in this endeavor.

Immediately following his release from Louisville, Pitino made statements about his innocence. He co-wrote a book about his side of the story, claiming that he was unaware of what was occurring. The coach stated that he felt as though his trust was betrayed by those around him. He then fired shots at the FBI, Adidas, Louisville board of trustees and others involved.

Iona College

Iona’s former head coach stepped down from the position due to health issues. Iona announced the day afterwards that Pitino would be replacing Tim Cluess. Iona went 12-17 this past season included in his 211-125 record during his ten seasons with the Gaels.

Pitino is coming into the program as the only coach to win an NCAA Division I men’s basketball title at two schools: Kentucky and Louisville. He has been coaching Panathinaikos in Greece since 2018. In Greece, he won a Greek Cup and the Greek Basket League Championship. He went 25-15 in Super League Greece, not including the two wins from the Greek Cup win.

Monday Motivation: Managing Fear and Change in the Path of COVID-19 – Grit Daily

Monday motivation, it’s on! Now, more than ever, we know that you need it. Together, the world is working through it all and we’re all working together. Chin up, we’re going to get through this.

If you’re a podcast person, listen to our Monday Matters and Monday motivation audio recordings on iHeart Radio or on our Spotify Grit Daily podcast channel. You could also choose to read on to get our Monday Motivation quick tips. Studies show that your morning mood affects your productivity all day. Grit Daily is here to get your work week off to a good start. Pump your fists – it’s time for Monday Motivation!

The novel coronavirus

Last month, the word “coronavirus” wasn’t even in our lexicon. Today, through non-stop media coverage, most of us have become self-professed experts on pandemics, the spiky virus and the escalating toll that it’s taking on the world. We’ve also added a new term to our vocabulary that’s currently defining everyday life, “social distancing.”

The world is shifting in an unprecedented way, but we are shifting together. Monday motivation emphasizes the keyword here, “unified,” with respect to the global effort underway to contain this thing. Governments, scientists and health organizations are collaborating like never before, coordinating efforts to bring some stability back to the world. Coronavirus is an equal opportunity pathogen. It doesn’t discriminate when it comes to race or socioeconomic status. Each of us is vulnerable to the potential risk for transmission and each of us has to manage our fear and anxiety through this challenging time.

The fear of not knowing

How you feel is valid. Full stop. Monday motivation recognizes the importance of this and it cannot be understated.

Most of us fear the unknown because we don’t know what we don’t know. And that’s scary for a lot of us. Being afraid heightens our anxiety; confusion compounds it. So how can we best manage our fear and anxiety during troubled times? First, take heart knowing that we are all in this together. Being kind to ourselves and one another is essential to our well being. And we will find peace. This is Monday motivation – we can do anything!

Monday motivation tips to manage fear and anxiety during troubled times

#1 – get fresh air

Options for walking may be limited in your environment and it is essential that you abide by the regulations governing your neighborhood. So, open your window, step onto your balcony or go outside if you can. Allow the sunshine to warm your face and put a spring in your step.

#2 – reduce your screen time on social media and news platforms

Monday motivation is not advocating cutting yourself off from the world. Au contraire! In times like these, we need to lean on friends and family. In this era of social distancing, we just have to do it in a virtual way. Today’s video conferencing options bring your loved ones and connections into your environment.

However, the incessant news coverage and commentary on social media regarding this pandemic need to be consumed in limited doses. Although it will send tempers into high-gear, manage the screen time of your children so that their virtual exposure to the fears and concerns that others are vocalizing now is limited. Even Tiktok, which is considered to be skewed for a young audience, has millions of videos tagged with COVID-19. Limit how much of this content you, your children and your spouse consumes.

#3 – be kind

Understand that tensions are going to escalate with people confined to a limited space day after day. Financial pressures related to loss of income are going to be challenging to work through despite the increasing number of contingency plans that employers and governments are initiating. The stock markets are volatile. Healthcare workers are going to feel overwhelmed and exhausted by the unexpected burden that has been placed upon them. We are all in this together and it’s going to be bumpy, but, if we’re kind to each other, we’ll see that the world is more united than we thought.

Individually, we each need to work towards finding peace in our hearts and minds. We must find a way to come to terms with our situation and find peace with it. It is also essential that we find peace with each other; we are united by the challenges imposed by this global pandemic and together, we’ll get through it.

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Billy Hicks talks 1,013 all-time wins, Sweet 16 and … coaching again? ‘Never say never’ – Courier Journal

Editorial note: We’re hitting the road to tell high school basketball stories throughout Kentucky, uncovering the gems of the gyms in all 16 regions. This is the 12th installment of veteran high school sports reporter Jason Frakes’ tour of the commonwealth.

GEORGETOWN – It’s been about 365 days since Billy Hicks’ high school basketball coaching career came to an end last March 10, and the 67-year-old has spent nearly every one of them on a river, creek or lake fishing for walleye, white bass or whatever else is in season.

Hicks made his name as a high school basketball coach, but his happiness comes on the water.

“I’ve got a pontoon boat, four kayaks and a two-man boat,” Hicks says between bites of a Reuben sandwich and chili at a local restaurant. “Around here, I fish up toward Frankfort along the Elkhorn or the Kentucky River. I fish that area with kayaks. 

“… My favorite time is fishing on the water and taking it easy. I won’t see another human being when I’m out there. But I can do that and still coach.”

Still coach?

“Never say never,” Hicks said.

Hicks said he’s enjoying retirement after a 39-year career as a head coach in Kentucky. His last game came last March when his Scott County squad lost to Trinity 50-40 in the state championship game.

Hicks is a 1970 Evarts High School graduate and went on to play basketball at Wofford. He got his first head-coaching job at Evarts in 1978.

After three seasons at Evarts, three at Harlan, eight at Corbin and 25 at Scott County, Hicks amassed more victories than any boys basketball coach in Kentucky history, finishing with a 1,013-276 record. The 1,013 wins rank 16th in the nation, according to the National Federation of State High School Associations record book.

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He led Scott County to state titles in 1998 and 2007 and lost five other state championship games. He was named the Courier Journal’s Kentucky Coach of the Year three times, once at Corbin (1994) and twice at Scott County (2007 and 2018).

He lives in Georgetown with his wife, Betsy, but says he spends more of his time these days at his home on Douglas Lake near the Tennessee-North Carolina border.

Hicks recently sat down with The Courier Journal to discuss his coaching career, retirement, the Sweet 16 and other topics:

When did you know you wanted to be a coach?

“Every time I picked up that coal shovel. Every time I went to that coal mine I’d think, ‘I’d rather be coaching.’ That had a lot to do with it. I saw how hard my dad had to work. I saw how hard my older brothers had to work. I thought, ‘If I can get a degree and coach ball, I won’t have to do this.’ I was the first one that didn’t have to do it.”

How did you know last year was the right time to step down?

“Probably the year before would have been better. I knew it was coming. When the losses hurt the same or worse but the wins don’t seem as big, you get complacent. … My wife, she had been a part of it a lot of her wife. It was really hard on her. She’s the one who’s really enjoyed this retirement. We’ve been doing a lot of traveling.”

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Scott County always had been the only high school in the county, but that changed last fall with the opening of Great Crossing. How did that affect your decision?

“That had nothing to do with it. Matter of fact, that almost kept me from retiring, just to be a part of that and the excitement of that. I probably should have stayed another year or two. Scott County has been great to me, and I probably owed it to Scott County to help that transition. But coach (Tim) Glenn and coach (Chris) Wilhite were ready.”

Your son, Tyler, died in a car wreck on Oct. 23, 2012. How close did you come to quitting after that?

“I’d made up my mind to quit because I wasn’t in a mental frame to be coaching or teaching or anything. I told my daughter and wife I was going to go in Monday and resign. Tyler was my conscience. He’s the one person — even more than my wife — that would give me advice. Your kids will do that to you. You know where they’re coming from. They love you. But my daughter looked me right in the eye and said, ‘Dad, I’ve never know you to be a quitter, and you’re going to quit on those kids? You talk to them about not quitting, and you’re going to quit on them?’ So I decided not to.”

That team finished 24-8 and lost in the 11th Region semifinals. How tough was that season for you?

“That was a rough year coaching, but I had some great kids that year. Trent Gilbert, Tony Martini, they were great for me. That’s one time I needed a team a lot more than they needed me. That team probably would have been better off without me that year. But I needed them.”

Who was the best player you ever coached against?

“I know this sounds crazy, but I never saw any high school guard better than Richie Farmer. I saw a lot of athletes better than him. But as far as getting it done and playing, he was the best I’ve ever seen. … He’s the only one we could never trap. We tried to trap him, and he had eyes in the back of his head. He’d get rid of it before you could take it.”

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What’s your first memory of the Sweet 16?

“The first state tournament game I ever listened to, Wes Unseld played Harlan (1964 first round). I was in the fourth grade, and our teacher brought in a little transistor radio to school with her. We listened to WHLN from Harlan. Big Charlie Tabb from Harlan I thought was great, and nobody could stop him. First time down the court they said, ‘There’s an alley-oop to Unseld. Woo, over Tabb.” I said, ‘Oh, man. Harlan’s in trouble.’ … To coach in the same state tournament those guys played in was an honor.”

What’s it mean to you to be the state’s all-time winningest coach?

“Obviously, it matters. It didn’t when I was going through it. It’s a reflection of not only me but my family, my friends, my mom and dad, my brothers and sisters, every player who ever played for me, every administrator I ever worked with. All the thousands of people I worked with over the years, it’s for them. I get my name on the label, but it’s for all of them. I’m probably the most unlikely guy to ever do something like that. My dad hated ball. My dad always said, ‘What’s that old ball going to get you?’”

You’ve said holding the record for most all-time wins in the Sweet 16 (33) means more to you. Why is that?

“All the naysayers and all the drug store cowboys up there were saying, ‘Well, he plays that old man-to-man defense all the time. He presses. You can’t get to the state tournament playing like that.’ So, finally, we started going to the state tournament. Then it was, ‘Well, you can’t win it playing like that.’ Then we won it playing like that. I took so much ridicule, everybody wanting me to change. They’d say, ‘They’re not good on offense because you make them play too hard on defense and their legs are tired.’ The message for young coaches on that is to stick in what you believe in.”

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Are you happy in retirement?

“Sometimes I catch myself thinking, ‘Gosh, what do I have to do today?’ Well, you ain’t got to do nothing! I really enjoyed it last summer. In the fall, I missed it a little bit. But I didn’t watch any games. Finally I got back to town and started watching some games. You catch yourself coaching a little bit. … I have so many connections out there and guys I follow. When they get those big wins, I miss it. When they lose, I thank God I’m not doing it anymore.”

Any chance you’ll coach again?

“I’m 67, so I still have some years left in me. I’ve never really been sick a day in my life. I’d probably have to get a divorce because my wife really enjoys this. …  I’m not totally against it, but I’m not looking for a job.”

Jason Frakes: 502-582-4046; [email protected]; Twitter: @kyhighs. Support strong local journalism by subscribing today: courier-journal.com/jasonf.

How a healthy sex life can earn you more money – Big Think

  • A 2013 study associated more frequent sex with higher income rates. The initial hypothesis (which was later proven) suggested that medical, psychological and physical positive effects of sexual activity (such as good health, higher immune system, mental well-being, etc) could influence wage factors in working adults.
  • Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs (physiological, safety, belongingness, esteem and self-actualization) all tie in with a healthy sex life, according to several studies listed below.
  • Scoring high on Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs (which is described as a theory of human motivation) is directly linked to securing and maintaining high-wage income and making smarter financial decisions.

More (and better) sex is linked to higher wages, 2013 study suggests

A 2013 paper written by Nick Drydakis, Professor in Economics, Finance, and Law at Anglia Ruskin University (UK) suggested a link between more frequent sex and higher income rates. The initial hypothesis of this study was that the medical, psychological and physical positive effects of sexual activity (good health, endurance, mental well-being, etc) could influence wage factors in working adults.

The hypothesis was proven to be correct – according to the results of this study, employees who are having sex more than four times per week reported receiving statistically significant higher wages than those who reported having less sex.

Maslow’s Need Hierarchy Theory (the 5 Needs) must be met before other motivations (like higher-paying jobs) occur

maslow's hierarchy of needs concept businessman saving money

When our basic needs are being met, we are more motivated to excel in our careers, earning (and saving) more money in the process.

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The study mentioned above went into detail, mentioning Maslow’s Need Hierarchy, which consists of 5 basic human needs that need to be met before other motivations for better-living occur. This theory has been deemed as a “theory for human motivation”, as Maslow himself stated that when these needs are met, the individual can lead a happier, more fulfilled life.

These needs are:

  • Physiological
  • Safety
  • Belongingness
  • Esteem
  • Self-actualization
Several studies (including this University of Illinois study) have proven Maslow’s Needs theory to be correct with the stipulation that the definition of having these needs met can vary depending on where in the world you live.

The link between Maslow’s Needs and your sex life…

While there are many ways to fulfill Maslow’s Needs, it can’t be denied that a healthy sex life (or happy relationship) can meet these needs.

Physiological needs (such as the need for sleep, food, oxygen) don’t require a mate, however, the physiological need for reproduction does require a mate.

Safety and belongingness are things we often associate with relationships (romantic or platonic) proving that these needs can (and will) be met by interpersonal relationships with other people (including romantic relationships with healthy sex lives).

Esteem (in regards to Maslow’s Needs) refers to the need for respect, self-esteem, and confidence. Confidence and high self-esteem have been directly linked to active sex lives and vice versa, according to this Harvard University study.

Self-actualization represents the highest motivations that we have as human beings. These are things that drive us to realize our full potential and help us become our most ideal self. According to this 1995 study, self-actualization and empathy are key predictors of high marital satisfaction.

The link between a healthy sex life (regarding Maslow’s Needs) and a high-income, satisfying career..

The reasoning behind Maslow’s Needs is that if these basic human needs aren’t being met, the human will not be able to function or thrive in society. People who have these needs met have been proven to be happier and more fulfilled individuals, more successful in work and relationships. The more successful you are in your career, the better chance you have for higher-income jobs or salary bumps.

According to the studies shown above, a healthy, active and happy intimate/sexual relationship is key to accomplishing Maslow’s 5 Needs, which in turn is critical to helping you land a high-income job that you care about.

Couples in successful relationships have mastered the skill of “financial harmony”

concept couple fighting over debt money finances

“Of all the intimacies you share, the sharing of money sparks the most arguments and creates the most resentment and confusion.”

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This FFCI (Family and Consumer Issues) study took place over a period of two years with a total of 161 participants and proved a direct link between what is described as “financial harmony” (agreeance over financial roles and ideas) and happiness of the overall relationship. The study was completely voluntary and confidential.

Money can be a major cause of conflict and stress in relationships and because of this, there is a significant link between good finances and happy relationships. More than 60% of participants in this survey stated that financial problems increased the amount of stress in their romantic lives.

“Of all the intimacies you share, the sharing of money sparks the most arguments and creates the most resentment and confusion.” – Felton-Collins

Marriage therapist Barton Goldsmith is quoted saying that “couples may find it harder to talk about money than about sex.” This idea that sex is a hard-to-discuss, delicate and controversial topic even in the most intimate relationships furthers the notion that being in “financial harmony” with your significant other is a key to a successful long-term relationship.

The impact of sex on your finances, and vice versa, according to a marriage therapist

If we were given a choice between answering two questions (your favorite sex position or how much money was in your savings account right now), most of us would choose to describe intimate details of our sex lives than list a number in a bank account. Why? Because sex is easier to talk about than money.

Sex is fun, interesting and feels good – money is known to cause stress. Adding to that each person’s individual history and view on finances, you can understand how talking about finances in any kind of romantic relationship can feel extremely difficult.

However, according to marriage and family therapist Lisa Bahar, not only does financial stress impact intimacy, but the lack of financial stress can improve intimacy (and vice versa).

“Couples who are experiencing financial strain have a higher likelihood of experiencing disruptions or difficulties in the bedroom”, she explains in a 2015 interview. “I see more and more with the strain that the economy/financial impact has on couples that there is a decrease in interest and a feeling of disconnection, which plays out sometimes by withholding or shutting down among partners.”

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