ST. JOSEPH'S PHIL MARTELLI NAMED PHELAN AWARD
April 1, 2004
one could have predicted that St. Joseph's would have such a magical run.
Jameer Nelson and Delonte West are big reasons why the Hawks posted a
perfect 27-0 regular season mark, but Phil Martelli was the glue that kept
it all together.
A 10-year assistant with the Hawks prior to taking the university's
coaching position on July 20, 1995, Martelli has led SJU to three NCAA and
two NIT Tournament appearances in his eight seasons. The native of Drexel
Hill, Pa. has twice tied the school record for victories with identical
26-7 records in 1996-97 and 2000-01. Both of those seasons ended with the
Hawks ranked in the final national polls (12th in 1996-97; 22nd in
A two-time Atlantic 10 Conference and three-time Eastern Basketball Coach
of the Year (1997, 2001, 2003), Martelli is one of just five Hawk coaches
to record 100 career wins. Among his A-10 peers, Martelli is second among
active league coaches with 80 A-10 wins, and sixth all-time in the
league's 25-year history.
It's been a magical season for the Hawks and that continues with Martelli
being the recipient of the CollegeInsider.com Jim Phelan Coach of the Year
Dana Altman earns Mid-Season Honors