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Phil Martelli (born August 31, 1954) is the current basketball coach of the Saint Joseph's Hawks men's basketball team and maintains an impressive resume. He has led Saint Joseph's to five NCAA Tournaments and four NITs. He has averaged 20 wins per season in his thirteen years with St. Joe's.

Playing career

Martelli was a point guard for Widener Universitymarker. As point guard, he was part of the NCAA Tournament teams in 1974-75 and 1975-76, and set the school's single season and career assist marks.

Career at Saint Joseph's

Martelli began his career on Hawk Hill with SJU's 1985-86 NCAA Tournament team. In his decade as an assistant, he was part of the Hawks' NIT teams in 1992-93 and 1994-95. After 10 years as an assistant at Saint Joseph's, Martelli was named the 14th coach in school history on July 20, 1995, and just the third non-alumnus to follow in the storied tradition of SJU coaches.

In his first season as head coach (1995-96) his team reached the final game of the NIT Tournament. In Phil's second year, under the floor generalship of Junior point guard Rashid Bey, and help from Arthur "Yah" Davis and Dmitri Domani, Martelli's Hawks captured the Atlantic 10 crown and made it into the Sweet Sixteen round of the NCAA tournament. After that year they would run into a road block until the successful recruitment of eventual Naismith College Player of the Year Jameer Nelson and current NBA players Delonte West and Dwayne Jones. With Nelson as point guard, Martelli led the 2003-04 Hawks to a 27-0 regular season. The Hawks lost to Xaviermarker in the Atlantic 10 Tournament, and reached the Elite Eight, ultimately losing to Oklahoma Statemarker to finish with a record of 30-2. That year, Martelli was named Naismith College Coach of the Year. In 2004-05, Martelli led the Hawks back to the final game of the NIT, where they lost to South Carolinamarker. In 2005-06, the Hawks returned to the NIT, eventually losing to Hofstra Universitymarker. In 2008, Martelli led Saint Joseph's to its first NCAA Tournament since 2004 with a team led by Pat Calathes and Ahmad Nivins.

Coach Martelli also surpassed Hawk legend Dr. Jack Ramsay for second among SJU coaches in wins 2008. He is fourth among SJU coaches with a winning percentage of .633. Martelli has won the most postseason games of any Hawk coach and his teams have averaged 23 wins over the course of the last eight seasons.

In 2007, Phil Martelli's first book Don't Call Me Coach: A Lesson Plan For Life was published. Students at SJU often say "In Martelli We Trust" about their beloved basketball coach. Martelli has called his job at St. Joe's his "dream job". Martelli has a weekly show during the basketball season called "Hawk Talk" which discusses the standing of the university and the basketball team.

In October 2008, Martelli signed a contract extension that will keep him at St. Joe's through the 2015-16 season.

Coaching Tree

Numerous assistants of Martelli have gone on to become coaches at other programs.

Head coaching record

Career highlights


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