Pete Strickland

Pete Strickland (born May 25, 1957) is an American basketball coach and former college basketball player, currently the head coach of the Ireland national basketball team.

Pete Strickland
Biographical details
Born (1957-05-25) May 25, 1957 (age 63)
Newburgh, New York
Playing career
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1980–1982Neptune Basketball Club
1983–1984Mt. St. Michael Academy (asst.)
1984–1987DeMatha HS (asst.)
1987–1988Ravenscroft HS
1988–1991VMI (asst.)
1991–1994Old Dominion (asst.)
1994–1998Dayton (asst.)
1998–2005Coastal Carolina
2005–2011NC State (asst.)
2011–2013George Washington (asst.)
Accomplishments and honors
Big South Coach of the Year (2000)

Playing careerEdit

Strickland attended DeMatha Catholic High School near Washington, D.C., where he played high school basketball for Morgan Wootten.[1] He then attended the University of Pittsburgh where he played for the Pittsburgh Panthers (1975–1979).[1] With the Panthers, Strickland was a three-year starter and two-year captain.[1]


In 1980, Strickland became player-coach of the Neptune Basketball Club based in Cork, Ireland.[2] Strickland had been recruited to play in Ireland by an international scout who saw him play in an alumni game in Pittsburgh.[2] In his first season as player-coach, Strickland's team went 18–0 and won the league title.[2] In 1981, in preparation for the "Neptune International Basketball Tournament" to be held in March in Cork, Strickland recruited a number of his American friends to form a “Maryland All-Stars" team for the tournament, in exchange for round-trip airline tickets to Ireland. The All-Star team was eliminated from the tournament by a Cork-based team on a last-second three-pointer.[2] That an Irish team was able to defeat an American team was credited with helping to increase the popularity of basketball in Ireland.[2]

Coaching careerEdit

Strickland coached at the high school level from 1983 through 1988. He then held assistant coaching roles at the college level from 1988 through 1998. In April 1998, he became head coach at Coastal Carolina University,[3] a role he held until March 2005.[4] His overall record in seven seasons with the Chanticleers was 70–127; the team was 42–56 in the Big South Conference.[4]

Strickland was next an assistant coach at North Carolina State University,[5] from 2005 until he was not retained by Mark Gottfried when Sidney Lowe resigned at the end of the Wolfpack's 2010–11 season. Strickland then served as an assistant coach at George Washington University,[1] from 2011 through 2013.

Strickland was named head coach of the Ireland national team in November 2016.[6] In the 2018 FIBA European Championship for Small Countries, Ireland finished in third place, with an overall record of 2–2 during the tournament.[7][8]

Head coaching recordEdit

Statistics overview
Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Coastal Carolina (Big South) (1998–2005)
1998–99 Coastal Carolina 7–20 4–6 4th
1999–00 Coastal Carolina 10–18 7–7 3rd
2000–01 Coastal Carolina 8–20 6–8 4th
2001–02 Coastal Carolina 8–20 5–9 6th (tie)
2002–03 Coastal Carolina 13–15 5–9 7th
2003–04 Coastal Carolina 14–15 8–8 5th
2004–05 Coastal Carolina 10–19 7–9 4th (tie)
Coastal Carolina: 70–127 (.355) 42–56 (.429)
Total: 70–127 (.355)



  1. ^ a b c d "Men's Basketball Coach Mike Lonergan Adds Pete Strickland and Kevin Sutton as Assistant Coaches". June 2, 2011. Archived from the original on July 1, 2018. Retrieved June 5, 2011.
  2. ^ a b c d e McKenna, Dave (January 17, 2017). "The Fake All-Star Team On A Bender That Inspired Ireland To Play Basketball". Deadspin. Retrieved June 30, 2018.
  3. ^ Albers, Bucky (April 17, 1998). "Strickland Carolina-bound". Dayton Daily News. Dayton, Ohio. p. 1D. Retrieved June 30, 2018 – via
  4. ^ a b Iacobelli, Pete (March 15, 2005). "Coastal relieves Pete Strickland of basketball job". The Times and Democrat. Orangeburg, South Carolina. AP. p. 3B. Retrieved June 30, 2018 – via
  5. ^ "Pete Strickland". Archived from the original on March 5, 2012.
  6. ^ "Pete Strickland takes Ireland basketball reins". RTE. November 18, 2016.
  7. ^ "Ireland - FIBA European Championship for Small Countries". Retrieved July 1, 2018.
  8. ^ "Ireland claim bronze with win over Gibraltar". RTE. July 1, 2018. Retrieved July 1, 2018.
  9. ^ "Pete Strickland Coaching Record". Sports Reference. Retrieved July 1, 2018.
  10. ^ "Coastal Carolina University Chanticleer Fact Book" (PDF). 2017–18. Retrieved July 1, 2018 – via

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