The school said Tuesday in a statement: “Coach Phil Martelli stands among out among his peers in college basketball not only for his long tenure and the many accolades that he and his teams have achieved, but also for his engagement with the community and his service as an ambassador for SJU. The University recognizes and celebrates the history and heart that Coach Martelli brought to the program and thanks him for his long service, dedication and stewardship.
“As basketball is an important strategic asset for Saint Joseph’s, the University will move forward with the intent to build upon its storied history, develop a sustained culture of excellence, and consistently compete for NCAA Tournament appearances and conference championships.”
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Phil Martelli is what is right about college basketball. A great coach and even better person. A man’s man and coach’s coach! Always treated me like one of his own. Sad, sad day in our profession.— Jared Grasso (@JGras11) March 19, 2019