Oct. 16, 2008
PHILADELPHIA - Saint Joseph's University has extended the contract of head men's basketball coach Phil Martelli for four more years, school officials have announced. Financial considerations were not disclosed, but the agreement extends Martelli's tenure at Saint Joseph's through the 2015-16 season.
This is the third contract extension that Martelli has received in the past six years and lengthens the agreement he received after the 2003-04 season that stretched through 2011-12.
"Five years ago, upon arriving at Saint Joseph's, I knew Phil Martelli by reputation only. Today I am proud to know him as an extraordinary individual who is also an exceptional leader of our men's basketball program," said University President Timothy R. Lannon, S.J. "Under his leadership, the program has attained a prominent place on the national stage and is well-positioned to remain there for years to come. This announcement should serve as a clear indication of the University's support of men's basketball and of Phil Martelli. I could not be more delighted that the remainder of Phil's coaching career will be spent on Hawk Hill."
"Phil Martelli and Saint Joseph's University have always been a perfect match. He shares the University's passion for excellence and, more importantly, its long-standing commitment to a greater good," said Director of Athletics Don DiJulia. "On the court, his teams represent Saint Joseph's with class, dignity, and the highest level of achievement. Off the court, Phil is a tireless ambassador for all that makes Hawk Hill special. He regularly promises to 'make us proud' and continues to do so in ways that extend far beyond basketball. Ultimately, what makes Phil so special is that he never fails to put Saint Joseph's University first. "
Martelli is entering his 14th year as Saint Joseph's head coach in 2008-09 and owns a 261-152 career record, and a 132-76 mark in Atlantic 10 Conference play. He ranks second on SJU's all-time list for career victories and owns the best postseason record (17-9) in Hawk history.
"My family and I are deeply appreciative of the unique opportunity that has been given to me at Saint Joseph's. It is an honor to represent all whom have worn Saint Joseph's across their chest. Father Lannon and Don DiJulia make it easy for me to pursue my passion," said Martelli.
In 2007-08, Martelli led the Hawks to a 21-13 record and an appearance in the NCAA Tournament. SJU also reached the Atlantic 10 Championship game for the third time in four years.
Martelli was named SJU head coach prior to the 1995-96 season after serving as an assistant to former coaches Jim Boyle and John Griffin. His first team reached the NIT Championship game and his 1996-97 team won the Atlantic 10 Tournament title and advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16.
He has been named the Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year four times and in 2004, was the National Coach of the Year after guiding the Hawks to a 30-2 record and the NCAA Elite Eight. Martelli has taken the Hawks to the postseason nine times, with five NCAA Tournament berths and four in the NIT.