Martelli fired after 33-year run at Saint Joseph's

Phil Martelli was fired Tuesday, ending a 34-year stint as head coach at Saint Joseph’s.
Martelli was 444-328 as head coach of the Hawks, including seven NCAA Tournament appearances, the highlight coming in 2004, when point guard Jameer Nelson guided 27-win St. Joe’s to the Elite Eight.
“Today, Saint Joseph’s announced its decision to make a leadership change in its men’s basketball program,” Saint Joseph’s said in a release Tuesday announcing the move. “The University will immediately begin a search for a new head coach, with the goal of filling the position in the coming weeks. Coach Phil Martelli stands out among his peers in college basketball not only for his long tenure and the many accolades that he and his teams have achieved, but also for his engagement with the community and his service as an ambassador for SJU. The University recognizes and celebrates the history and heart that Coach Martelli brought to the program and thanks him for his long service, dedication and stewardship.”
Hired as head coach in 1995 after serving 10 years as an assistant, Martelli went 41-55 over the past three seasons, including 14-19 in 2018-19.
–Field Level Media

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