But now Padgett has a different title at his alma mater, being named Director of Basketball Operations. Pitino confirmed the title on Thursday night on WHAS-840 in Louisville.
"We're happy to have him back," Pitino said of Padgett, noting he can't do on-court teaching as the Ops guy but has a key role with a number of aspects of the program.
Padgett was a captain for the Cardinals during his time as a player, leaving U of L in 2008 after three years as a captain and starter. He was named All-Big East Conference as a senior.
Padgett left as the No. 2 ranked player all-time in school history in field-goal percentage and was one of the more popular U of L players in recent history.
He played in Spain and then returned for one year as an assistant strength coach at U of L before being hired at IUPUI.
Now, he's back at U of L. He replaces Andre McGee, the former U of L player who took an assistant coaching job at UMKC under former U of L assistant coach Kareem Richardson.