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Louisville coach Rick Pitino gets a summer job leading Puerto Rico's basketball team

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino smiles at a referee after receiving a warning in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Florida State, Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015,  in Tallahassee, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark Wallheiser)

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino smiles at a referee after receiving a warning in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Florida State, Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, in Tallahassee, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark Wallheiser)

Puerto Rico has named Louisville coach Rick Pitino to coach its national team in two international tournaments this summer.

The Hall of Fame coach will lead Puerto Rico during the Pan American Games in Toronto July 21-25. He will also coach the squad in a 10-team, pre-Olympic FIBA qualifying tournament Aug. 25-Sept. 5 in Monterrey, Mexico.

During Monday's news conference that included national team officials Joel Katz and Fernando Quinones, "I'm looking forward to putting in the unique style of play that hopefully will get the team over the hump" in international play.

Training begins July 1 in Puerto Rico and will include August workouts in Louisville.

Louisville will also play this August in the Bahamas against Puerto Rico's national team and junior squad.

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