His role in Villanova's singular athletic achievement - the 1985 NCAA championship - has already earned Ed Pinckney a retired jersey that hangs in the Pavilion rafters. Now Pinckney has crafted a new niche for himself as an assistant coach at his alma mater.
Pinckney assists the staff in all areas, including on-court development and recruiting.
"Eddie has developed into one of the top recruiters in the country," states head coach Jay Wright. "He has helped elevate our presence in the New York and New Jersey metropolitan areas and has become a great mentor to our current players."
Pinckney returned to the Main Line after a long career in the National Basketball Association. A No. 1 draft choice of the Phoenix Suns in 1985, Pinckney spent 12 years in the league as a player. Following his retirement in 1997, Pinckney joined the Miami Heat organization as part of its radio and television broadcasting team. In 2002-03 he was named to oversee the club's mentoring program where he spent considerable time working with Caron Butler and Rasual Butler.
As a collegian, Pinckney was one of the finest players in Villanova history. A four year starter from 1981-85, Pinckney scored 1,865 points (seventh most in school history) and collected 1,107 rebounds (fourth in school annals) over the course of his career. In that span the Wildcats were 11-3 in the NCAA Tournament, posted an overall record of 92-37 (.713), and captured the university's only NCAA title in an epic 66-64 upset of heavily favored Georgetown. Pinckney was named Most Outstanding Player for his 16-point, six rebound effort in the win.
Pinckney, 43, and his wife Rose Marie have a home in the Philadelphia area. The couple has four children: Shea (21); Spencer (17); Austin (14) and Andrea (12).