St. John’s coach Rick Pitino is sidelined by COVID-19 for game against Seton Hall | Health


NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — St. John’s coach Rick Pitino is recovering from COVID-19 and will miss his team’s game against Seton Hall on Tuesday night, the school announced.

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Pitino’s absence was announced about three hours before tipoff. Associate coach Steve Masiello will serve as the Red Storm’s acting coach against the first-place Pirates (12-5, 5-1 Big East) and will handle media responsibilities.

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The 71-year-old Pitino is in his first season at St. John’s (12-5, 4-2). One of the winningest coaches in NCAA Division I history, he was hired March 20 after spending three seasons at Iona.

During his 35 seasons as a collegiate head coach, Pitino has made 23 NCAA Tournament appearances with five different schools and advanced to the Final Four seven times, a total reached by only six coaches all-time.

He became the first coach to take three different schools to the Final Four and the first coach to win an NCAA championship at two different schools — Louisville and Kentucky.

The Red Storm’s next game is Saturday against No. 17 Marquette at Madison Square Garden.

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