Joanne Minardi Pitino: Rick Pitino’s Wife (photos, Video)

July 29, 2010

Joanne Minardi, also known as Joanne Pitino, is Rick Pitino’s Wife. The first time we heard about her was the same time we heard about her husband’s affair, but we never got to find out who in fact is Joanne Minardi Pitino so keep reading to meet her plus check out the photos and videos below.

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About Joanne Pitino’s life before getting married, there isn’t much information except for the fact that she grew up in Long Island, New York. Apparently she met her High School sweetheart at St. Dominic High School in Oyster Bay, Long Island where both studied. They got married on April 3rd, 1976 in New York where they spent the first night as husband and wife. Joanne Minardi dated her husband since they were just teenagers. It was during her first night as Mrs. Pitino that Joanne realized that her future life with her new husband was not going to be easy, at the Manhattan Hotel she spent it watching television alone while her hubby was at the hotel lobby closing a new job deal as assistant coach at Syracuse.

Joanne Pitino had 6 children with her husband – Michael, Christopher, Richard, Daniel, Ryan and Jacqueline. She suffered the loss of her son Daniel, born with a congenital heart failure in 1987. He spent most of his short life at the hospital in Providence were he died six months later. It was in Daniel’s honor that Joanne and her husband founded  the Daniel Pitino Foundation and later the Daniel Pitino Shelter.

Three years after Dani died Ryan was born, at that time she was living in Kentucky. She was positive that that was going to be her last pregnancy but two years after that Jacqueline arrived.

For years Joanne’s life was all happiness and laughter, but in 2001 all that was taken from her. Her dear brother and her husband’s best friend Billy Minardi, who worked as a bond broker for Cantor-Fitzgerald on the 104th floor in the World Trade Center Tower 2, died in the 9/11 attack.

Last year Joanne Pitino, a married woman for the past 33 years, received devastating news, her husband allegedly cheated on her with a woman he met in 2003, this woman, Karen Cunagin Sypher, was the wife of one of the guys who worked with her husband at  Louisville. According to his statement, the alleged mistress was not married yet when she allegedly got pregnant with Joanne’s husband’s child. Allegedly Mr. Pitino paid her $3,000 to get an abortion but this woman said that he allegedly raped her, that she wanted to kept the baby but he forced her to get an abortion. What a series of terrible events Joanne had to live with. What do you think about this story? Check out the photo and video below.


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