March 14, 2011 |
The more Jay Wright watched television in the days after Villanova's stunning 70-69 loss to South Florida in the Big East tournament, the better he felt about the Wildcats' chances of advancing to the NCAA tourney for the seventh consecutive year. And when Wright and his players watched Villanova come up as the fifth team on the 68-team bracket during the televised selection show, he felt better still. Despite a five-game losing streak, the 11/2-point underdog Wildcats drew a No. 9 seed in the East Region and will meet eighth-seeded George Mason of the Colonial Athletic Association on Friday at 2:10 p.m. in Cleveland.
May 10, 2005 |
The basketball season will begin earlier than usual for St. Joseph's coach Phil Martelli, Villanova coach Jay Wright, and Drexel coach Bruiser Flint. USA Basketball yesterday announced that Martelli will coach the under-21 national team that will play in the World Championships from Aug. 5 to 14 in Argentina. Martelli will be assisted by Flint and Georgia coach Dennis Felton. The selections were made by a committee chaired by Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim. Although it has not been announced, Wright is expected today to be named coach of the U.S. team that will compete in the World University Games from Aug. 11 to 21 in Turkey.
March 28, 2001 |
Mike Holland remembers growing up in Ardmore and sneaking into Villanova men's basketball games. With his friends in tow, Holland would find a way - any way - into the university's old fieldhouse. But Holland should have no trouble finding a way to watch a Wildcats game next season. He has an in with the new coach. Jay Wright, who had been the head coach at Hofstra University since 1994, was named yesterday to the same position at Villanova. He replaces Steve Lappas, who stepped down Friday.
March 26, 2001 |
Moving quickly to procure Villanova's No. 1 choice for the vacant head coaching position, athletic director Vince Nicastro said last night he had offered the job to Hofstra basketball coach Jay Wright. Wright, 39, a former Villanova assistant coach who led the Pride to NCAA tournament appearances in the last two seasons, met with Nicastro yesterday morning at an undisclosed location in southern New Jersey. Wright was offered the job before the meeting ended. Nicastro and Wright did not finalize a contract, but they were expected to do so during another meeting today.
April 10, 2014 |
At the time, James Bell suggested on Twitter, it was just saying the right thing in the moment, a few polite words. Walking off the court after Connecticut had taken Villanova out of the NCAA tournament, the 'Nova senior said to UConn guard Shabazz Napier, "Win it all. " Late Monday night, Bell tweeted out, "I'm fine with losing to them now cuz they did !! !!" UConn, of course, also took out St. Joseph's in overtime before beating Villanova, after trailing both by double digits.
March 24, 2014 |
IN PHILADELPHIA, we have been blessed with a history of great college basketball and great college basketball coaches. Think about it: We've had true legends like Harry Litwack, John Chaney, Jack Kraft and Rollie Massimino and future NBA greats like Dr. Jack Ramsay and Chuck Daly. Our current crop of coaches is keeping up the tradition. In fact, for Jay Wright and Phil Martelli, the two local coaches whose teams reached the NCAA Tournament this year, this season could be said to be the best coaching jobs of their illustrious careers.
April 10, 2013 |
Villanova basketball coach Jay Wright's salary is $2,290,346, 10th among coaches who made the NCAA Tournament, according to USA Today . Temple's Fran Dunphy's salary of $724,557 was 40th and La Salle's John Giannini's salary of $426,230 was 47th. Duke's Mike Krzyzewski was the top paid at $7,233,976, followed by Louisville's Rick Pitino ($4,078,327), Kansas' Bill Self ($4,750,763), Michigan State's Tom Izzo ($3,220,769) and Florida's Billy Donovan ($3,689,200). The newspaper obtained salary information from 62 of the 68 competing schools.
April 3, 2014 |
VILLANOVA set a program record by winning 28 times in the regular season. Then the Wildcats lost their second game in the NCAA Tournament as a No. 2 seed, after losing in the quarterfinals of the Big East Tournament as the top seed, something they hadn't been since 1997. Next season, for the first time since 2010-11, they will start in the Top 25. Maybe even Top 10. So there will be expectations, even though they have to replace quintessential leader James Bell. Back in November, the idea of winning a game in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 4 years might've seemed sufficient.
June 17, 2010 |
JAY WRIGHT has guided the Villanova basketball program to two Final Eights and a Final Four in the last six seasons. "I can't complain," he said. Indeed, his life does not stink. On or off the court. Still, when it comes to highs, nothing really compares to being an assistant coach for one of his three children's teams. Come again? "I love it," he said. "As long as I'm not the person in charge. " Whether that means helping his father coach sons Taylor and Colin to a Little League title 5 years ago, or now getting fields ready for his 11-year-old daughter Reilly's softball games.
March 23, 2013 |
A 7-foot-1 backup center for the 1985 national champion Villanova Wildcats, Chuck Everson said there is a series of four questions that everyone always asks him. "People come up to me and the first thing they say to me is, 'How tall are you?' " Everson said. "I tell them, and they say, 'Do you play basketball?' I tell them. 'Where do you play?' I tell them, and they say, 'Were you on that team?' And I say yeah. " "Then I hear everybody's story about where they were the night we beat Georgetown," he added.