Phil Martelli to Michigan is a "Done Deal"
According to numerous reports:
Sources: Former Saint Joseph’s head coach Phil Martelli has been formally offered and accepted an assistant coaching position on Juwan Howard’s staff at Michigan.
Martelli, 64, won 444 games in 24 seasons at St. Joe’s, reaching 7 NCAA Tournaments.
— Brendan Quinn (@BFQuinn) June 3, 2019
Done signed deal for Phil Martelli at Michigan.
— Mike Jensen (@jensenoffcampus) June 3, 2019
He’ll be an assistant to Juwan Howard, who served on Erik Spoelstra’s Miami staff from 2013 to 2019 and is now taking his first head coaching job.
Personally, I love the move for Martelli. He coached St. Joe’s since 1995 and is now 64 years old, and while I’m sure he could have landed a head coaching gig at a much smaller school, this is an opportunity to go to a huge program with unlimited resources and help a young coach make a significant transition.
It shows me that Howard understands that this is gonna be quite the jump, so bringing in an uber-experienced guy like Martelli while retaining John Beilein assistant Saddi Washington makes a lot of sense to me.
Good for Phil Martelli. New experience and a unique challenge.