New Michigan head coach Juwan Howard doesn’t have a ton of experiencing at the collegiate level, but it looks like he’s going to have plenty of help in that category. Monday, it’s being reported that Howard is bringing on former Saint Joseph’s head coach Phil Martelli to be part of his squad.
Martelli, who is 64 years old, coached at Saint Joseph’s for 24 seasons – taking the team to the NCAA Tournament seven times. His team reached the Elite Eight in 2003-2004.
Martelli and Saint Joseph’s agreed to part ways after a lackluster 2018-2019 campaign which saw the Hawks finish with a 14-19 record.
In his 24 years at Saint Joseph’s, Martelli finished with a 444-328 record.
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
Howard, who was part of Michigan’s Fab Five back in the early 1990s, was hired after John Beilein left to take the head coaching job with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Martelli seems like a great addition to Howard’s squad. He’ll bring a wealth of knowledge that most head coaches won’t have in college basketball.
Update: Martelli himself has confirmed the news on Twitter:
— Phil Martelli (@PhilMartelli) June 3, 2019
Michigan’s 2019-2020 season will tip off in November.