Pinckney to Leave Villanova to Become a Minnesota Timberwolves Assistant Coach
Wildcat legend spent four years on Jay Wright's staff
Sept. 21, 2007
VILLANOVA, Pa. - Villanova assistant coach Ed Pinckney has left his position to accept a similar post with the National Basketball Association's Minnesota Timberwolves, it was announced today. Pinckney, a cornerstone of Villanova's improbable march to the 1985 NCAA title as a student-athlete, returned to his alma mater to join the staff of head coach Jay Wright in 2003 and was a part of a group that guided the Wildcats to appearances in the 2005 NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 and 2006 Elite Eight.
"We are so proud that Eddie now has the opportunity to accept this position with the Timberwolves", stated Wright. "Those of us in the Villanova basketball family are especially grateful that Eddie is joining Randy Foye as the Timberwolves start a new era in their franchise's history.
"Eddie has made a great impact as a player and alumnus but his four years as a coach were just as meaningful. Eddie became a great recruiter and mentor to our young men. We will miss having him around us every day but we also know that Eddie will remain a great representative of Villanova basketball."
Pinckney spent 12 seasons in the NBA following his graduation from Villanova and then went to work for the Miami Heat upon his retirement. From 1997-2002 he served as a radio and television analyst on the team's broadcasts and moved into a position as director of the franchise's mentoring program prior to the 2002-03 campaign. He returned to Villanova in May 2003 and in his four seasons was involved in all aspects of coaching, including on-court teaching, recruiting and scouting.
A search to fill the vacancy on the Villanova staff is already underway.