Sept. 9, 2004

PHILADELPHIA - Saint Joseph's University men's basketball head coach Phil Martelli has received a two-year contract extension, school officials have announced. Financial considerations were not disclosed, but the agreement extends Martelli's tenure at Saint Joseph's through the 2011-12 season.

Martelli, now entering his 10th season as head coach, made the Hawks the talk of the college basketball world in 2003-04. Saint Joseph's recorded a perfect regular season (27-0), reached the NCAA Elite Eight and finished with the best record (30-2) in school history. The Hawks also achieved the nation's No. 1 ranking (March 8, 2004) and were a top seed in the NCAA Tournament, both firsts for the program.

Martelli captured every national coaching honor in 2003-04 including the Naismith Award, the Rupp Cup and the Associated Press Coach of the Year award. In nine years he owns a 179-99 record and has guided SJU to four straight postseason appearances, including three NCAA Tournament berths, as well as four consecutive Atlantic 10 regular-season titles. In the past four seasons, Martelli's squads have compiled a 98-28 record.

"Phil Martelli is a president's dream as a coach," said second-year university president Timothy R. Lannon, S.J. "Even more important than his success on the court is his value as an ambassador for Saint Joseph's University. Phil and his teams represent so much of what is special about Saint Joseph's, and I am delighted he has agreed to this extension."

"We couldn't be happier that Phil Martelli will be a Hawk for many years to come," added Don DiJulia, associate vice president/director of athletics. "He is a leader and a winner on and off the court. He represents what is best about Saint Joseph's University."

"Saint Joseph's is a special place with unique people, none more so than Fr. Tim Lannon, (vice president for student life and academic development) Linda Lelii and Don DiJulia," said Martelli. "My family and I could not be happier that my coaching career will begin and end on Hawk Hill."

Martelli was named head coach prior to the 1995-96 season after serving 10 years as an assistant to former coaches Jim Boyle and John Griffin. His first team reached the NIT championship game and his second advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 and won the conference tournament title. The three-time Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year has taken the Hawks to six postseason tournaments overall (four NCAA). His 11 postseason victories rank second in school history to Dr. Jack Ramsay's mark of 12.