Phil Martelli, who has been with Saint Joseph’s as the men’s basketball head coach for 24 seasons, is reportedly out of a job. Martelli and the school reportedly agreed to part ways on Tuesday morning.
Stadium’s Jeff Goodman was the first to report the news. Soon after, the school issued an official release, confirming the report.
Martelli has been with Saint Joseph’s since 1985. He was an assistant for a decade before taking over the head coaching role in 1995. Here’s what the school had to say in its release:
“Today, Saint Joseph’s University (SJU) announced its decision to make a leadership change in its men’s basketball program. The University will immediately begin a search for a new head coach, with the goal of filling the position in the coming weeks.
Coach Phil Martelli stands among out among his peers in college basketball not only for his long tenure and the many accolades that he and his teams have achieved, but also for his engagement with the community and his service as an ambassador for SJU. The University recognizes and celebrates the history and heart that Coach Martelli brought to the program and thanks him for his long service, dedication and stewardship.
As basketball is an important strategic asset for Saint Joseph’s, the University will move forward with the intent to build upon its storied history, develop a sustained culture of excellence, and consistently compete for NCAA tournament appearances and conference championships.”
Phil Martelli will no longer be the coach at St. Joe’s, source told @Stadium
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) March 19, 2019
Martelli, during his time with the school, led the Hawks to a 444-328 record and the NCAA Tournament seven times. He also won the Atlantic 10 regular season title four times and the league’s conference tournament three times. He was the AP Coach of the Year in 2004.
It’s unclear where the school will turn for its next head coaching hire. We’ll keep you updated.