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Saint Joseph's fires longtime basketball coach Phil Martelli

Sporting News logo Sporting News 3/19/2019 Thomas Lott

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It's the end of an era at Saint Joseph's.

The school announced Tuesday that it has fired men's basketball coach Phil Martelli, who had led the Hawks program since 1995.

"Coach Phil Martelli stands 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 for the community and his service as an ambassador for SJU," a statement from the school read. "The University recognizes and celebrates the history and the heart that Coach Martelli brought to the program and thanks him for his long service, dedication and and stewardship."

Martelli, 64, went 444-328 in his time at Saint Joseph's and took the team to seven NCAA Tournaments. Saint Joseph's best year under his leadership came in 2003-04 when the Hawks went 30-2 and made it to the Elite Eight.

However, Saint Joseph's has not had a winning record since 2015-16, when it was 28-8. The Hawks went 14-19 this season and finished tied for 10th in the Atlantic 10 at 6-12.

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