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St. Joseph Hoops Gives Phil Martelli Multi-Year Extension

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St. Joseph basketball coach Phil Martelli received some good news today, according to a release, as it was announced that the Hawks have given the head man a contract extension.

Per Jon Rothstein of CBSSports, the contract extension is multi-year, though the exact amount of years he’s been re-upped for is not public knowledge at this point.

Martelli has been coaching St. Joseph for the last 20 years, so this is certainly an extension that he’s put in the time for—to say the least. Before becoming the head coach for the Hawks, he was an assistant coach with the team from 1986-1995; so he’s without a doubt a familiar face around the program. Again, to say the least.

“We are excited and privileged to have stability in the continuing leadership of the men’s basketball program, especially in this volatile time in college athletics,” SJU vice president and athletic director Don DiJulia said via the press release. “Phil has demonstrated a commitment to student-athlete, team success and the University community over his long and distinguished career. In doing so, Phil has earned a well-deserved place in the storied history of Hawks basketball.”

Not surprisingly, over the past 20 years Martelli has accumulated more wins than any other coach in St. Joseph’s history. He has an overall record of 376-265 and was the 2004 Consensus National Coach of the Year.

Though last season wasn’t all that great for the St. Joseph—the Hawks went 13-18 and finished 10th in the Atlantic 10—it’s not hard to see why the administration trusts Martelli to lead this program into the future.

 

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