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Former Villanova Star Reacts To The Kyle Neptune Hire

Suns wing Mikal Bridges passes the ball.

MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN - JULY 14: Mikal Bridges #25 of the Phoenix Suns passes the ball against the Milwaukee Bucks during the first quarter in Game Four of the NBA Finals at Fiserv Forum on July 14, 2021 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

The Villanova Wildcats wasted no time in choosing their next head basketball coach after Jay Wright's retirement announcement on Wednesday.

Fordham head coach Kyle Neptune, who spent 10 seasons as a video coordinator/assistant coach under Wright, has officially been named the program's next leader.

Neptune took his first head coaching gig with Fordham prior to the 2021-22 season.

After the news broke, former Villanova star/current Phoenix Suns starter Mikal Bridges took to Twitter to congratulate his old assistant coach.

"Ohhhhhhh thats tough !!! @kyleneptune WELL DESERVED," he wrote.

Neptune was on Wright's staff for each of Bridges' three seasons with the Wildcats -- including two National Championship victories (2016, 2018). Bridges is now one of the NBA's elite 3-and-D players, finishing as a top pick for defensive player of the year this past season.

Neptune began his career as video coordinator for Villanova from 2008-10. After a short stint as an assistant for Niagara (2010-13), he returned to the Wildcats' bench as an assistant from 2013-21.

Neptune, 37, is expected to take the podium for his introductory press conference on Friday morning.