Phil Martelli is Out at Saint Joe’s

Photo Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The Hawk will never die, but the head basketball coaching position is now vacant.

Saint Joe’s is moving on from Phil Martelli after 24 seasons, the rumors confirmed by a Tuesday morning press release from Athletic Director Jill Bodensteiner:

Bodensteiner is “new” to St. Joe’s, having been in place for nine months now. When she was hired, some assumed Martelli’s job might be under more scrutiny than it had been under Don DiJulia, who previously held the role for something like 750 years (it was actually 35).

More importantly, Martelli had failed to make the NCAA tournament three seasons in a row, following up a 28-8 season in 2015-2016 with records of 11-20, 16-16, and 14-19 this year. St. Joe’s finished in a tie for tenth place in the Atlantic 10.

By far, Martelli’s best accomplishment was his 30-2 record in 2004, when the #1 seeded Hawks, led by Jameer Nelson and Delonte West, lost by two-points to Oklahoma State in the Elite 8.

Now 64 years old, Martelli put together a 444-328 record at St. Joe’s, winning four A10 titles and three A10 tournaments. He was the 2004 AP and Naismith Coach of the Year and made seven appearances in the NCAA Tournament. The Hawks also qualified for the NIT on six occasions.

Nelson and West went on to play in the NBA, along with Dwayne Jones (now a Sixers assistant), Langston Galloway, and DeAndre’ Bembry.

With the departure of Martelli, the impending departure of Fran Dunphy, and last year’s coaching change at La Salle, there’s new blood in Big Five basketball for what feels like the first time in a long time.

I didn’t go to a Big Five school, nor do I get to watch a lot of Big Five ball, but Kyle is out here doing his victory lap:

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  • Huge fan of jim adair March 19, 2019 at 10:49 am

    Good. This guy is a major creep.

    • Creepy cheney March 19, 2019 at 1:20 pm

      Agreed. How in hell did this dirtbag become so ”beloved” in this ciry.?

  • Smarty jones March 19, 2019 at 11:03 am

    Show some balls and hire rick Pitino

  • Lebron March 19, 2019 at 11:29 am

    It’s about damn time!

  • Dirty 30 for life March 19, 2019 at 11:33 am

    Will Phil still be calling into the WIP Morning show?

  • Wisconsin is a tough out March 19, 2019 at 11:35 am

    This whole time I though that was Peter Boyle coaching Saint Joe’s.

  • The Ghost of Delonte’s Past March 19, 2019 at 11:37 am

    It’s about time! It’s time for Jameer to come home and coach this team back to where they belong!

    Hey Kyle, you’ll always be a flip-flopping, talentless t-shirt salesman!


  • Jim adair aka news breaker March 19, 2019 at 11:53 am

    Martelli and Jay Wright were always huge assholes at the Coaches Vs Cancer breakfast. Jay was always complaining about having to attend. Both these guys are pieces of shit.

    • Sean Braces’ gpa March 19, 2019 at 12:04 pm

      I rarely comment but I have to reply to your stupid comments. I’ve met Jay several times, couldn’t be a nicer person. Go be a productive member of society loser

  • no fishing allowed March 19, 2019 at 12:07 pm

    Trout can help coach when he comes here as a free agent in 2035.

  • Eagleye5 March 19, 2019 at 1:12 pm

    Even people who HATE Nova admit they like Jay

  • Brett B. March 19, 2019 at 1:45 pm

    No, Sixers, do not even think of it!

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