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Newz Forum: BASKETBALL: St. Joseph's extends Martelli's contract through 2012

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posted on Sep, 9 2004 @ 08:19 PM
PHILADELPHIA -- Saint Joseph's basketball coach Phil Martelli signed a contract extension that will keep him with the school through 2012 following a season in which he led the Hawks to their best record in team history.

"My family and I could not be happier that my coaching career will begin and end on Hawk Hill," Martelli said Thursday.

Martelli, entering his 10th year as Saint Joseph's coach, led the Hawks to a 30-2 record last year when they reached No. 1 in the AP poll, earned a top seeding in the NCAA Tournament for the first time and made their first trip to a regional final since 1981. Martelli was the Associated Press coach of the year.

In nine years, Martelli is 179-99 and has led the Hawks to four straight postseason appearances, including three NCAA tournament berths, and four consecutive Atlantic 10 regular-season titles.

Martelli spent 10 years as an assistant at Saint Joseph's before becoming head coach in 1995. He had signed an extension though 2010 in October.

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