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SAINT JOSEPH'S AGREES TO NEW CONTRACTS WITH MARTELLI AND GRIFFIN
Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications  
Release:  09/01/2004
PHILADELPHIA (10/30/03) -- Saint Joseph's University announced today that it has agreed to new contracts with men's basketball head coach Phil Martelli and women's basketball head coach Cindy Griffin. Financial considerations were not disclosed, but the agreements extend Martelli's tenure at the university through at least the 2009-10 season and Griffin's through 2006-07. The announcement was made at a news conference this afternoon by university president Timothy R. Lannon, S.J., vice president for student life and academic development Dr. Linda Lelii, and associate vice president and director of athletics Don DiJulia. "Phil Martelli and Cindy Griffin are coaches whose teams reflect the qualities that make this university so special," said Fr. Lannon. "Passion, excellence, sportsmanship, achievement, and tradition are hallmarks of Saint Joseph's basketball. We're fortunate to be able to welcome back Phil and Cindy for many more seasons." "We are extremely pleased that Phil Martelli and Cindy Griffin will be guiding the student-athletes in our basketball programs for many seasons to come," DiJulia added. "Both Phil and Cindy are terrific representatives of Saint Joseph's who are committed to the mission of the university. They help make Saint Joseph's basketball very special and make me and others very proud to have the opportunity to work with them." Now in his ninth year as Saint Joseph's men's basketball head coach, Martelli has built the Hawks into a perennial conference contender and a frequent player on the national scene. He has led the Hawks to three NCAA Tournament appearances, two NIT berths and three consecutive Atlantic 10 regular-season titles in eight seasons. Martelli has compiled a 149-67 record and has been named Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year twice and USBWA District Coach of the Year twice, most recently in 2003. "I am honored and thankful to Fr. Tim Lannon and [former president] Fr. Nick Rashford for the respect and trust they have demonstrated in this agreement," said Martelli. "Saint Joseph's basketball has, is and always will be about passion. My promise is to bring my passion to each and every day's task for this special university. Thanks also to Dr. Linda Lelii and Don DiJulia for making this day happen." The 2003 Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year, former Hawk standout Griffin enters her third year as head coach of Saint Joseph's women's basketball team just nine victories shy of 100 for her career. A 1991 graduate of SJU, Griffin (nee Anderson) was named the seventh head coach in the program's 30-year history on April 25, 2001. She previously served as the head women's basketball coach at Loyola (Md.) College from 1999-2001. Griffin has compiled an overall record of 91-52 in five seasons as a head coach. She is 43-19 in two seasons at SJU, leading the Hawk program to back-to-back trips to the Women's National Invitation Tournament. "I am first thankful to Fr. Rashford, who gave me the opportunity to come back to my alma mater and coach," said Griffin. "I am very grateful to Fr. Lannon, who invested confidence in me and my staff to continue the tradition and excellence in women's basketball at Saint Joseph's University." Founded by the Society of Jesus in 1851, Saint Joseph's University advances the professional and personal ambitions of men and women by providing a demanding, yet supportive, educational experience. One of only 141 schools with a Phi Beta Kappa chapter and AACSB business school accreditation, Saint Joseph's is home to 3,900 full-time undergraduates and 3,400 graduate, part-time and doctoral students. Steeped in the 450-year Jesuit tradition of scholarship and service, the university challenges students to exceed their highest aspirations, fosters the mature development of values and deepens a desire to help shape the world.