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Peter Carril

Basketball (Inducted: 1980-81)


Peter  Carril

No one loves the game of basketball more than Pete Carril, a diminutive former guard at 5'6", who starred on Lafayette's 1951- 52 team coached by Butch van Breda Kolff.

He captained the club, leading the Leopards to a 15-9 record with his 18.0 points per game scoring average. He had several 30-point games his senior year including one 34-pointer against Bucknell, which at the time tied George Davidson's `51 record for most points in a game. Following a short stint in the Army, he moved on to his most successful profession, that of coaching. After stops at Easton and Reading High Schools and Lehigh University, Carril began his coaching career at Princeton in 1967, succeeding his former college coach van Breda Kolff. In 1975, his Tigers upset the field to win the NIT. Perhaps one of the best defensive teachers of all-time, Carril's squads were perennially in the top 10 in the nation in defense. Carril retired from coaching at the conclusion of the 1995-96 season with a career coaching record of 514-261.