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Saint Joseph's Reportedly Close To Head Coaching Hire

An NCAA logo on the court during the NCAA Tournament.

LOUISVILLE, KY - MARCH 21: A general view of the court ahead of the game between the UCLA Bruins and UAB Blazers in the third round of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at KFC YUM! Center on March 21, 2015 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

With Phil Martelli's 24-year run with Saint Joseph's officially over, the Hawks are ready to begin a new era. In fact, the Hawks are actually close to hiring their next head coach.

Even though Martelli didn't take the program to the NCAA Tournament since 2016, it'll be odd not seeing him on the sidelines for Saint Joseph's. Nonetheless, the university is wasting little time filling its coaching vacancy.

According to college basketball insider Jeff Goodman, the Hawks are expected to hire Philadelphia 76ers assistant Billy Lange.

Lange also has experience at the college level. From 2011 to 2013, he served as the associate head coach to Jay Wright at Villanova.

Perhaps the Hawks believe his experience and close ties with the Philadelphia will make for a smooth transition.

Several teams searching for a new coach have already found their replacement. After all, the Alabama Crimson Tide reached an agreement with Nate Oats yesterday.

It's possible that Lange to Saint Joseph's becomes official by the end of today.

Saint Joseph's owned a 14-16 record this past season, which is a steady decline from its 28-8 record back in 2015. Lange will certainly have his work cut out for him if he's going to return the program to is glory days.