Saturday, May 23, 2009

of seat licenses, Martelli's rosaries, and an A-10 preview...


Dear Hawks fans,
Spring has arrived on campus, classes and exams have concluded and our graduating seniors are anxiously awaiting their commencement this coming weekend. It seems hard to believe that basketball season ended just a few short weeks ago and we extended our thanks and best wishes to our senior athletes, Tasheed Carr, Edwin Lashley and Ahmad Nivins at the annual awards banquet on April 17th.

We are thrilled to share with you that the coaches and returning players, along with our Sports Information Staff, have moved into their new offices. The Basketball Center is nearly complete and is already humming with activity. We look forward to officially announcing the name of the center in the coming weeks - and we think you will be pleased!

Work on the Hagan Arena is moving along at a rapid pace with construction on time and plans already underway to dedicate the arena on Saturday, October 17th. Please mark your calendars and plan to join us for what promises to be a memorable event.As we have shared with you at various times over the last season, we will be initiating a Priority Seating program for the Hagan Arena and we are committed to having the seating complete well in advance of the opening game scheduled for Friday, November 13th against Drexel.

As we look to move this process along, we invite you to join us for an information session that will address many of your questions and also encourage you to provide feedback on the program.

Information sessions have been scheduled for:Tuesday, May 26th, 6:30 - 8:00pm, Mandeville Teletorium and Wednesday, May 27th, 8am - 9:30am Mandeville Room 111Please RSVP to Eileen Brown at Refreshments will be available.


Don DiJulia, Director of Athletics
Katie Shields, Assistant Vice President


College B-ball Coach Recites Rosary Before Games

Phil Martelli, the popular and successful coach of the St. Joseph’s University men’s basketball team (And my alma mater) does have his quirks.

He revealed some of them April 10 at a St. Martin of Tours School communion breakfast in which Archbishop Edward J. Adams, class of 1958, was inducted into the school’s new Hall of Fame.

Martelli said that on game days, he’s a bundle of nerves. He wonders: Has he fully prepared the team? Most of the time he doesn’t go in to his office, doesn’t shower or shave or eat, or even talk much, until the last minute before leaving home for the game.

But once Martelli is at the basketball arena, things change. Alone in the locker room, he calms down, recites a rosary, and says a prayer to St. Joseph. Finally, he takes a dog-eared old memorial card out of his pocket and recites the prayer to St. Michael printed on the back.

This is a fascinating story from the Catholic Standard and Times about a great basketball coach who won National Coach of the Year in 2004 and how friendship and mentorship and faith all played a role in his life.

It's a good story about a man I've had the pleasure of talking to a few times and who seems like a good and loyal man.
Phil Martelli Named to NCAA Basketball Ethics Coalition
May 18, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS, IND. - Saint Joseph's head men's basketball coach Phil Martelli has been appointed to the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Ethics Coalition, an independent committee of current and former basketball coaches. The group will be charged with promoting ethical conduct through leadership, education and mentoring.

The newly established NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Ethics Coalition held its first meeting last week in Indianapolis. The coalition board will consist of 14 members, including 11 head men's basketball coaches, two assistant coaches and one former head coach.

Members of the coalition board in addition to Martelli are: John Beilein, Michigan (chair); Jeff Capel, Oklahoma; Johnny Dawkins, Stanford; Dave Odom, University of South Carolina (former head coach); Al Skinner, Boston College; Kevin Stallings, Vanderbilt; Brad Stevens, Butler; Gary Stewart, UC Davis; and Doug Wojcik, Tulsa. Two assistant coaches, a current head coach, and a former head coach will be added to the coalition in the near future.

"Coaches have as large a role in improving the men's basketball environment as anyone and it's important to hold each other accountable," said John Beilein, University of Michigan head men's basketball coach and chair of the coalition. "The majority of coaches want to make the right decisions and stay competitive in an ethical manner. This new coalition provides a needed opportunity for us to examine ethical issues and provide a forum for discussion to make so many areas of our great game even better." The coalition board will identify key rules and issues that challenge the coaching community in making ethical decisions. The board will provide guidance about those types of issues and serve as mentors and as a resource for the men's basketball community.
The NCAA has worked to positively influence the men's basketball environment through a number of initiatives. These include the oversight provided by the Division I Men's Basketball Issues Committee, the focus on youth basketball through the partnership with the NBA, as well as the work to enhance the enforcement of NCAA rules through the Basketball Focus Group.


St. Joseph’s Phil Martelli, the man who coached guards for both clubs – Orlando’s Jameer Nelson and the Cavs’ Delonte West – was on hand in Cleveland for Friday night’s Game 2.
“You know, it’s funny,” said Martelli, who coached West and Nelson at Saint Joseph’s, rolling to a 27-0 regular-season record and a No. 1 national ranking in 2004. “I was just talking to one of the workmen working on our arena and he said: ‘You have to be proud.’ And I am. And I said, ‘Let me tell you something: If those two guys were still in school right now, you would be doing construction around them. Because they would both still be in there shooting.’ That’s because, in both cases, everything they’ve achieved is through their work ethic.”
“Then we had our first game, against Boston College. They had Troy Bell, and he was a big deal in the Big East. But led by the two of them, we clobbered them. Then I started thinking, ‘Well, we might have the two best players in our league. And you know what? Both of them might end up having a chance to do what they have dreamt about.’“It was an unusual pair. Once in a lifetime.”


11. Saint Joseph’s- After a quick start in A-10 play last season, the Hawks fell off sharply towards the end of last season, finishing 9-7 in the conference and bowing out to Temple in the second round of the conference tournament. Atlantic 10 Player of the Year Ahmad Nivins graduates, as does starting point guard Tasheed Carr, leaving holes in the front and back courts. Coach Phil Martelli brings in two impressive guards in with this recruiting class in Carl Jones and Justin Crosgile. However, both guards are under six foot tall and could take some time to adjust to the college game. The Hawks also add forward Carl Baptiste, who is a fundamentally sound power forward, but may not have the athleticism to make an immediate impact in the Atlantic 10. The Hawks are going to need Chris Prescott to make big strides in his sophomore season, along with a few other surprises, to have any hope of matching last year’s win totals both overall and in the league.

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