Phil Martelli Honored By New England Hall of Fame
Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications  
Release:  10/15/2004

Oct. 4, 2004

KINGSTON, RI - Saint Joseph's head men's basketball coach Phil Martelli was recognized as the National Coach of the Year by the New England Basketball Hall of Fame at the organization's annual Hall of Fame Dinner/Induction Ceremony at the University of Rhode Island's Ryan Center this evening.

Martelli was the consensus National Coach of the Year in 2003-04 after leading the Hawks to a remarkable 30-2 season, which included a run to the NCAA Elite Eight, a top seed in the NCAA Tournament, a number-one national ranking and a perfect regular season (27-0).

The Hawk mentor, who will be entering his 10th season in 2004-05, earned a sweep of the nation's top coaching awards. Martelli received the Coach of the Year awards from the Associated Press, the USBWA, CBS/Chevrolet, and the NABC, while winning the Naismith Award and the Rupp Cup.

Martelli owns a 179-99 career record in nine seasons on Hawk Hill and three NCAA berths, including two consecutive. His 11 postseason wins rank second in school history to Dr. Jack Ramsay's mark of 12.

In addition to Martelli, the organization will honor Minnesota's Pam Borton as the national women's Coach of the Year. The Hall of Fame also presents Special Category awards and those winners include college basketball writer Dick Weiss, of the New York Daily News; Syracuse University coach Jim Boeheim, ESPN Executive Len DeLuca, and George Mason University athletic director Tom O'Connor.