What's in a name? Well, when you're a basketball coach named Martelli, you've definitely got something good going for you.
Saint Joseph's announced Thursday afternoon that Phil Martelli, Jr., the eldest son of longtime Hawks head coach Phil Martelli, will return to City Line Avenue as the director of basketball operations for his dad's team starting this season. Martelli Jr. was a four-year player for St. Joe's from 1999 to 2003 when the Hawks made a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances and won a trio of Atlantic 10 regular-season crowns.
Most recently, the younger Martelli was an assistant last season for the Sixers' G-League affiliate, the Delaware 87ers.
Before that, he started as a 22-year-old full-time assistant at Central Connecticut State in 2002 (making him the youngest coach in Division I basketball). Martelli, Jr. then made stops at Manhattan, Niagara and Delaware — the Blue Hens recorded their best season in recent memory just four seasons ago in 2013-14, when they won the Colonial Athletic Association's regular-season and conference titles before appearing in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 15 years.
The Hawks' A-10 pairings are already set for the 2017-18 season, but St. Joe's has yet to announce its full nonconference slate for the year.