St. Joseph’s… I know a guy…

I know a guy… You’re looking for a basketball coach… right now… You play in the A10…

My guy coached in the A10 from 1996 to 2001… His record in the A10 was 52-28… His last year, he was 11-5 in the A10 and his Athletic Director turned down an NIT Invitation. Overall, my guy won 65% of his A10 games.

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Bruiser Flint, St. Joseph’s Alum

 

From there, my guy went to the CAA… There he won 56% of his games… One year, his team beat St. Joseph’s, Temple, Villanova, Syracuse and Creighton ALL on the road…

Four times, he was CAA Coach of the Year…

For his career, he’s won 331 college basketball games and lost 289 (53.4%).

Please note that my guy has graduated 100% of his four year players and one of his players, Damion Lee, is in the NBA.

My guy is currently an assistant in one of the top 6-7 programs in college basketball… (Kentucky, Duke, North Carolina, Kansas, Villanova, Indiana, Michigan St.)

Based of this resume, my guy would be, arguably,  the most qualified alum ever to apply for the basketball coach position at St. Joseph’s…

Jimmy Lynam was 93-90 at Fairfield and American when their alma mater hired him. Jim Boyle took over after Lynam.

Boyle was a St. Joseph’s player, assistant coach and head coach. Boyle had a connection with all of the SJU coaches over the past five, Boyle played for Hall of Famer Dr. Jack Ramsay and served as an assistant coach on the staffs of Jack McKinney, Harry Booth and Jim Lynam. Boyle also worked with John Griffin, when they were assistants to Lynam. Then during his tenure as head coach, Boyle hired Phil Martelli as an assistant coach.

Boyle also recruited my guy… My guy played for Boyle…

My guy would seem like a worthy candidate… His Hawk bonafides are in order…

But, one has to wonder how the National Search Firm weighs Hawk bonafides when ranking candidates? Indeed, one has to question if they matter at all… I don’t think they are part of the equation anymore…

The St. Joseph’s AD is from Notre Dame… Not Drexel Hill…

There was a distinct Hawk way of doing things… Local relationships mattered… Status as alum mattered… If you were gonna terminate the employment of a loyal, highly respected 35 year employee you would put significant thought into exactly how you would carry it out…

Increasingly, basketball at all levels has become a business first and foremost… This is especially the case at the NCAA Division 1 level. Administrators, presidents and athletic directors, have tough decisions to make. The other day St. Joseph’s AD made such a tough decision when she decided to move on from legendary Coach Martelli.

How the AD and the President carried out the decision raises the question is there still “a way of doing things”?

Phil Martelli deserved a far more dignified and respectful separation from the University. More forethought could have been applied. Just doesn’t look right… Maybe that doesn’t matter anymore…

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Phil Martelli, Winningest Coach in SJU History

The Hawk community at St. Joseph’s has always been like a family. Clearly, decisions have been made to take a “National” approach to the business of college basketball. I’m sure many are all too happy to discard what they consider “Mom and Pop” approaches.

But… Keep in mind… Ramsay, Lynam, Boyle and Martelli would NOT have made the national search firm short list at the time of their hiring. My guy’s resume is stronger than all of theirs at the time of their hiring and he probably won’t be considered.

Oh well…

All I ask is that you give him full and fair consideration… Don’t act like you can’t see that Hawk standing right there looking all “experienced and qualified.”

Come on with the bullshit… Treat him right during this “process.”

 

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Philadelphia Basketball Coaches Clinic

HS, Youth, AAU and College Coaches…

Please save the date, September 22, 2018… Save the time and the location in your phone… Seriously… Right now… lock this event into your calendar. Learn from and work with some of the finest college coaches in college basketball.

Phil Martelli has won 430 college basketball games as Head Coach of the Saint Joseph’s University Hawks. Phil has quietly been putting guys in the NBA. He’s had seven make a team in NBA. Three Hawks were First Round draft picks, DeAndre’ Bembry (2016), Jameer Nelson (2004) and Delonte West (2004).  Ahmad Nivins (2009) was selected in the second round. Dwayne Jones and Ronald Roberts, Jr. made NBA appearances. Langston Galloway (2014) earned All-Rookie Second Team honors with the New York Knicks in 2015. Nelson (Detroit), Galloway (Detroit) and Bembry (Atlanta) played in the NBA last season.

Dedicated to improving the game, Martelli previously served as President of the NABC’s Board of Directors and as a member of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Ethics Coalition.  Martelli is currently on the NCAA Division I Oversight Committee. His presentation will center on NCAA Reforms & the Rice Commission.

Ashley Howard is the 19th coach in La Salle Basketball history. A two-time National Champion, Howard came to La Salle after five seasons as the top assistant coach to Jay Wright at Villanova University. While at Villanova, Howard was involved in all aspects of the Villanova basketball program. On-court teaching, player development and recruiting were his main areas of focus. Villanova set a new NCAA record for the most wins in a four-year span while Howard was on staff. Howard’s will discuss “Transition Offense.”

Aaron McKie will assume the reigns of the Temple Men’s Basketball Team for the 2019-2020 season. A Philadelphia product, McKie graduated from Simon Gratz HS. As a senior, helped lead his team to the Public League Championship and a 26-4 record, averaging 18.9 points, 9.9 rebounds, and 7.2 assists per game.  At Temple, McKie was named first-team All-A10 and he was named to the A-10 all-tournament team as a senior. As a junior, he was the 1993 A10 Player of the Year, after averaging 20.6 points per game. McKie was a first round (17th pick) in the 1994 by Portland. He also played for Detroit, Philadelphia and Los Angeles. McKie will teach “Press Break.”

Jamion Christian was officially name  as the 17th head coach in Siena basketball history in May 2018. The previous six years, Christian led Mount Saint Mary’s. Christian installed up-tempo offense and “mayhem” defense. Many compare his approach to the “havoc” defense popularized by Shaka Smart at VCU and Texas. Christian was named NEC COY in 2017. His talk will focus on “Attacking a Zone Defense.”

Damien Blair led West Chester University to it’s first ever NCAA Division 2 Tournament win. Blair has been quietly putting together a very strong resume. He has an overall record of 160-106 (.602) in his nine years on West Chester’s bench with seven postseason tournament appearances, four conference semifinal appearances (2012, 2013, 2014, 2016) and three PSAC Championship Game appearances (2012, 2014, 2016). Under Blair’s tutelage, West Chester has posted a 20-win season in three of the last five campaigns. Blair will teach “Zone Defense”

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Contact:

Delgreco Wilson

blackcager@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

Black Cager Sports Media to Host Second Annual Coaches Clinic

August 23, 2018

Philadelphia, PA.Black Cager Sports Media will hold its second annual Coaches Clinic at West Catholic Prep High School Gymnasium, 4501 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19139 on Saturday, September 22.

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The clinic features five highly successful basketball coaches – 4 Division 1 coaches and one Division II coach – and will cover topics ranging from attacking a zone defense and transition offense to NCAA Reform & the Rice Commission.
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Admission is $50 per college coach, $35 per HS/AAU/Youth Coach or $25 per coach with a staff of three or more. Doors open at 8 a.m. with the first speaker scheduled to start at 10 a.m. All registered participants will receive snacks and beverages in the morning.

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Coaches interested in attending are encouraged to register early. Any questions about the camp can be directed to Delgreco Wilson via email at blackcager@gmail.com or via phone at 267-251-1355.

List of Speakers and Topics

Phil Martelli, Head Coach at St. Joseph’s University: “NCAA Reform & the Rice Commission.”

Ashley Howard, Head Coach at La Salle University: “Effective Transition Offense”

Jamion Christian, Head Coach at Siena College: “Attacking a Zone Defense”

Aaron McKie, Assistant Coach at Temple University: TBD

Damien Blair, Head Coach at West Chester University, “Zone Defense”
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