21 Facts About Dick Vitale


Dick Vitale has written fourteen books, and appeared in several films.


Dick Vitale moved to East Paterson in his freshman year of high school.


Dick Vitale's father, John, was a piece work clothing press operator and had a second job as a security guard.


Dick Vitale attended Seton Hall University and graduated with a degree in business administration.


Dick Vitale later earned a master's degree in education from Paterson State College.


Dick Vitale took his first job as a coach at an elementary school in Garfield, New Jersey in 1958.


Dick Vitale was named head coach at the University of Detroit on March 31,1973.


Dick Vitale took the Titans to the 32-team NCAA tournament in 1977.


Dick Vitale left the Titans to become head coach of the Detroit Pistons on May 1,1978, succeeding Bob Kauffman who had served as an interim following the dismissal of Herb Brown.


Dick Vitale was hospitalized with stress related stomach issues during his first season on the bench in Detroit as the team struggled.


Dick Vitale missed his first-ever production meeting when he was walking the streets of Chicago.


Dick Vitale himself was not sure if broadcasting would fit him.


Dick Vitale announced the game with Dan Shulman and NBA great Bill Walton.


Dick Vitale had covered every Duke-UNC game televised by ESPN since 1979.


Dick Vitale is a voter on the AP Top 25 men's basketball polls, the annual Naismith Award and the John Wooden Award.


Dick Vitale called his first NBA game on television since the 1984 NBA playoffs, along with Dan Shulman, on January 7,2009 when the Miami Heat played the Denver Nuggets as ESPN swapped its NBA and NCAA crews.


Dick Vitale returned to broadcasting in November to provide coverage for the 2022 Champions Classic game between Kentucky and Michigan State.


Dick Vitale worked in the studio with Bob Ley, John Saunders, Tirico, and Chris Fowler as well as Jim Valvano.


Dick Vitale has appeared in commercials for DiGiorno pizza, Oberto beef jerky, the Airborne Athletics basketball training device Dr Dish, GEICO and Hooters restaurants.


Dick Vitale guest starred on The Cosby Show along with friend Jim Valvano as furniture movers in the eighth-season episode The Getaway.


Dick Vitale has lived in Lakewood Ranch, Florida in the greater Tampa Bay area since the 1990s and has become a well-known fan of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Lightning, and Rays.