Saint Joseph’s agrees to contract extension with coach Phil Martelli

Saint Joseph’s has agreed to a contract extension with coach Phil Martelli, the school announced Thursday.

The terms of the agreement were not disclosed. Martelli’s contract was set to expire at the end of the 2016 season.

Martelli, who has been at the school for 30 years as either an assistant or head coach, is one of the most successful coaches in the school’s history along with Dr. Jack Ramsay. He has a current record of 375-265 at the school. That run includes six NCAA Tournament appearances, a Sweet 16 run, and an Elite Eight run in their 30-2 season. He has won four Atlantic 10 championships, as well as a Naismith Coach of the Year Award in 2004.

He has also coached five players who have either played in the NBA or been drafted, including Jameer Nelson, Delonte West and Langston Galloway. That number could rise to six after this season, as DeAndre Bembry is currently the No. 44 on the CBS Sports preseason NBA Draft big board.

I know that eventually there will be a world where Martelli is not the coach at St. Joe’s given that he’s 61 years old, but I’m not sure that I’m ready to live in it yet. He has been at the school for my entire lifetime, and seems to still have the program ticking along despite a rough season last year. As long as there isn’t a major downturn in the program’s fortunes, one would think that he will end his career as coach at the school.

Phil Martelli should be at Saint Joe's for the foreseeable future. (USATSI)
Phil Martelli should be at Saint Joe’s for the foreseeable future. (USATSI)

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