(born August 31, 1954) is an American college basketball
coach and current coach of the Saint Joseph's Hawks men's basketball
team. He maintains an impressive resume, having led Saint Joseph's to five NCAA Tournaments and four NITs. He has averaged 20 wins per season in his thirteen years with the Hawks.
Martelli was a point guard
for Widener University
. As point guard, he was part of the NCAA Tournament teams in 1974-75 and 1975–76, and set the school's single season and career assist marks.
Career at Saint Joseph's
Martelli began his career on Hawk Hill with SJU's 1985-86 NCAA Tournament team. In his decade as an assistant, he was part of the Hawks' NIT teams in 1992-93 and 1994-95. After 10 years as an assistant under Jim Boyle and John Griffin, Martelli was named the 14th coach in school history on July 20, 1995, and just the third non-alumnus to coach the school.
In his first season as head coach (1995–96) his team reached the final game of the NIT Tournament
. In his second year, under the floor generalship of Junior point guard Rashid Bey
, and help from Arthur "Yah" Davis and Dmitri Domani, Martelli's Hawks captured the Atlantic 10
crown and made it into the Sweet Sixteen
round of the NCAA tournament
. They would not duplicate that success until landing future Naismith College Player of the Year Jameer Nelson
and current NBA players Delonte West
and Dwayne Jones
. With Nelson as point guard, Martelli led the 2003-04 Hawks to... Read More