Princeton’s Carril to be inducted into New Jersey Basketball Hall of Honor
The basketball reunion will kick off the night of this year’s NCAA Men’s Championship Game with a 6:30 p.m. cocktail reception, followed by dinner and Hall of Honor induction ceremonies. This charity event will conclude with a watch party for the NCAA Championship Game at the Prudential Center.
Previously, the men’s Final Four teams of Princeton (1964-65), Rutgers (1976-77) and Seton Hall (1988-89) had been announced as inductees into the first class of the Hall of Honor that evening, according to the information provided by Tom Lucci.
Carril, whose “Princeton offense” is still in vogue, compiled a 514-261 record in 29 years as head coach at the Ivy League school. He led the Tigers to 13 Ivy League titles and 11 NCAA Tournament appearances from 1967 to 1996, according to the release. Carril was inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006.
Corino, currently in his 34th year as head coach at Caldwell University, became New Jersey State‘s winningest men’s coach, earning his 604th career victory over Holy Family University this season, according to the release. Additionally, in 2018, Corino joined a distinguished group of coaches as he coached his 1,000th game. He also guided the Caldwell Cougars to two NCAA Division II tournaments.
Matthews went 603-243 in his 30th season at the University of Stockton and had been the winningest men’s varsity coach in state history before being passed by Corino, according to the release. He led Stockton to 16 NCAA Division 3 tournament appearances and two Final Fours from 1985 until his retirement in 2016. Matthews also went 228-98 as head coach for 13 combined seasons at Long Branch High School and Rumson-Fair Haven High School, winning two state championships during this time.
Former New Jersey high school and college male and female players and coaches are invited to attend, as are fans of those teams and players, with an emphasis on reconnecting the teams for an evening of food and drink, reliving the glory days, and creating new memories. The goal of the event is to tap into the rich tradition and history of New Jersey basketball.
The general admission cost for this charity event starts at $100 in advance ($125 the night of the event), with VIP floor tables and other sponsorship packages also available. The net proceeds will be going at the Team Hill Foundation, whose mission is to help at-risk youth through their interest in athletics and to provide programs that encourage leadership, social interaction and teamwork skills. Information about the Team Hill Foundation and its mission is available at www.teamhillfoundation.org.