Today, Saint Joseph’s head basketball coach Phil Martelli signed a multi-year extension with the school.
Martelli has been with the Hawks for the past forty years. He served as an assistant coach for ten seasons (1985-1995) and then went on to become the head coach in 1995 and has held that position ever since. He has the school record for most wins all-time with 375. Furthermore, he is a four-time Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year recipient and won the 2004 Consensus National Coach of the Year award.
“My successes are directly related to the quality of people who have played for me,” said Martelli in a statement. “To each of them, I am forever grateful. Our players, staff, and administrators are wonderful people who care for the program and the University. Saint Joseph’s has always been the perfect place for my family and me.”
The Hawks are looking to rebound this season after having a disappointing campaign last year when they went 13-18 overall. Rising junior Deandre Bembry, who is a 2015-16 preseason Atlantic 10 All-Conference First Team and an All-Defensive Team selection, will help lead the way for this young Hawks team.
This extension has been basically finalized for a while, according to Martelli. The Hawks open their season on November 13th when they host Drexel.
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-Saint Joesph's loses to #25 Rhode Island in the Semifinal of the A-10 tournament