Nov. 7, 1997

Providence College Announces Pete Gillen Contract Extension

Gillen has compiled a 59-37 record in three seasons at Providence.

PROVIDENCE, R.I.--Providence College President Philip A. Smith, O.P. and Director of Athletics John Marinatto today officially announced that Head Basketball Coach Pete Gillen has signed a contract extension to remain at the College through the 2004/2005 season.

Gillen was named head coach of the Friars in March of 1994. He had served as the head coach at Xavier University for nine years prior to his arrival in Providence. This past year, he led the Friars to the NCAA Tournament's Elite Eight with impressive victories over Marquette, Duke and Tennessee- Chattanooga. His team finished the year with a 24-12 mark, the most victories by a PC squad since 1987.

In making the announcement, Father Smith said, "Pete has done an outstanding job with the young men in our basketball program. His success of the past year offers a clear example of his talent and ability. We are obviously very pleased with his efforts and happy to have him and Ginnie in our family."

"My family and I are very happy here in Providence," said Gillen. "The school has been very good to me and we have a family atmosphere on our campus. Hopefully, I can do a good job for Providence College and be here a long time. We are very excited about the future of our basketball program."

Director of Athletics John Marinatto added, "Pete has generated a tremendous amount of enthusiasm within the community for the basketball program. From the start, he has committed himself to our players and encouraged their development both on and off the court. Further, he is dedicated to continuing the long standing tradition of success that has always been associated with Providence College basketball."

Now in his fourth year at Providence, Gillen has compiled a 59-37 record in three seasons at Providence with two trips to the NIT in 1994-95 and 1995-96 before last year's run to the Elite Eight. In his 12 seasons as a Division I head coach, Gillen owns a 261-112 career record between Providence and Xavier. He is just one of ten college coaches all-time to win 260 games in 12 seasons or less.

Gillen and his Friars tip-off the 1997-98 season on Saturday, November 8th when they face the Washington D.C. Explorers. Game time is 7:30 p.m. at the Providence Civic Center.

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