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<B>HEAD COACH BILLY LANGE:</B>
HEAD COACH BILLY LANGE:
"I stand here today in total awe of God’s favor in my life. I grew up on Philadelphia basketball...to be the new head coach of Saint Joseph’s Basketball is The Lord’s handiwork as He truly has delivered the desires of my heart...I understand and embrace the deep affection people have for Hawk Hill; they are touched for life by the mission and people associated with this institution."
<B>DIRECTOR OF ATHLETICS<br>JILL BODENSTEINER:</B>
DIRECTOR OF ATHLETICS
JILL BODENSTEINER:
"Billy Lange has a vision, and he has a plan. Billy is both a student and an innovator of the game. Starting with his father, he has learned from the best. Billy is also a teacher and a motivator, as will become apparent in the months and years to come. Billy has deep roots and experience in Philadelphia basketball. To say he respects and appreciates the history and tradition of Saint Joseph’s basketball and the Big 5 is a massive understatement."
<B>UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT<br>DR. MARK C. REED:</B>
UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT
DR. MARK C. REED:
"At Saint Joseph’s, we are very fortunate to have a successful and storied Men’s Basketball program. It is an enduring and distinguishing part of St. Joe’s identity and culture, and a source of great pride and deep connection for our alumni and supporters...Today, with great admiration for the history of our program and great enthusiasm for the vision of its new leader, we welcome Coach Billy Lange."
<B>HEAD COACH BILLY LANGE:</B>
HEAD COACH BILLY LANGE:
"I welcome the responsibility of being the next steward of Saint Joseph's Basketball. Coaches such as Phil Martelli, John Griffin, Jim Boyle, Jim Lynam, Jack McKinney, and Hall of Famer Jack Ramsay have led on Hawk Hill with passion and diligence, and I am honored to be able to contribute to this program’s legacy."
<B>PHILADELPHIA 76ers HEAD COACH<BR>BRETT BROWN:</B>
PHILADELPHIA 76ers HEAD COACH
BRETT BROWN:
"The pairing of Billy Lange as the head coach of the Saint Joseph's basketball program is an incredibly natural fit. As a Philly native, Billy’s basketball experiences as a head coach at Navy, an assistant at Villanova, and six NBA seasons on our bench, provides a great base to develop, recruit and stamp his vision on a storied basketball program...He has been with me from day one and to see where he started and now where he has ended up, is a fantastic human and basketball story."
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Philadelphia 76ers Head Coach Brett Brown on Billy Lange
<b>VILLANOVA HEAD COACH<BR>JAY WRIGHT:</B>
VILLANOVA HEAD COACH
JAY WRIGHT:
“Billy is a great addition to the Saint Joseph’s basketball tradition. We are all very happy for him and Alicia. He is an outstanding coach with a wonderful family. Billy will work extremely hard and be respectful of the great history at Saint Joseph’s.”
<B>JEFFERSON HEAD COACH<BR>AND BASKETBALL HALL OF FAMER<BR>HERB MAGEE:</B>
JEFFERSON HEAD COACH
AND BASKETBALL HALL OF FAMER
HERB MAGEE:
“Billy did a terrific job. I could see right away that he was going to be a guy who could coach for the rest of his life. Even as a young guy, he was great at all aspects of the game: recruiting, scouting, and he related to the players very well.”
<b>PHILADELPHIA 76ers CENTER<BR>JOEL EMBIID:</B>
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PHILADELPHIA 76ers CENTER
JOEL EMBIID:
"I'm so happy for him; he's like family to me. We've built a special relationship. I'm really close to his whole family...they're great people. I'm extremely happy for him."