Billy Lange was named head coach of the Saint Joseph's men's basketball program on March 28, 2019, bringing more than 23 years of sideline experience to the Hawks, most recently as assistant coach of the Philadelphia 76ers. He becomes the 15th head coach in Saint Joseph's storied 110-year history.
Since he joined the Sixers in 2013, the team has rebuilt its culture, emphasized player development and implemented a process that has led to their current success.
Lange's college head coaching experience spans nine years with stints at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and the U.S. Naval Academy. As Navy's head coach from 2004 to 2011, the Midshipmen showed a marked improvement under Lange, as he led the squad to its first winning season in seven years during the 2007-08 campaign with a 16-14 record. Helped by a six-game winning streak, that squad went 9-5 in league play and finished second in the regular season. Lange was named the 2008 Patriot League Coach of the Year for his efforts, which also saw Greg Sprink earn Player of the Year honors, marking the only time a Midshipman has received that league's award.
He served as head coach at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy from 2000 through 2001, where he compiled a 39-19 record and led the Mariners to the Skyline Conference regular-season title in each of his two seasons. In 2001, the USMMA also won the conference tournament title to secure a bid to the Division III NCAA Tournament and reach the Sweet 16, becoming the first team in program history to advance past the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Lange was named the New York Metropolitan Basketball Writers Division III Coach of the Year following that season.
A native of Haddon Heights, N.J., Lange began his coaching career with one season at his alma mater, Bishop Eustace Prep, succeeding his father, Bill Lange, Sr., in the role. He then moved on to the collegiate level as an assistant coach under Naismith Hall of Fame coach Herb Magee at Philadelphia (now Jefferson) University. After two seasons with the Rams, he served as an assistant coach at La Salle University under Speedy Morris for one season before taking over at the USMMA.
Lange joined Jay Wright's staff at Villanova as an assistant coach and coordinator of basketball operations for three seasons before taking the head job in Annapolis. He returned to Villanova as the Wildcats' associate head coach in 2011 before joining the 76ers in 2013.
Lange's connection to Saint Joseph's runs deep as his parents, Bill and Kathy, are both alumni, as is his brother, Mark. Lange's wife, Alicia, served as the Hawks' coordinator of academic services for student-athletes for five years in the early 2000's.
A 1994 graduate of Rowan, he and Alicia are the parents of four sons – Will, Matt, Jake and Marc.
2019- Saint Joseph's Head Coach
2013-19 Philadelphia 76ers Assistant Coach
2011-13 Villanova Associate Head Coach
2004-11 Navy Head Coach
2001-04 Villanova Director of Basketball Operations/Assistant Coach
1999-01 Merchant Marine Academy Head Coach
1998-99 La Salle Assistant Coach
1996-98 Philadelphia University Assistant Coach
1995 Bishop Eustace Prep Head Coach