Report: Michigan hiring Phil Martelli as assistant coach

Juwan Howard has found his veteran assistant coach. Howard is hiring former Saint Joseph’s head coach Phil Martelli as an assistant coach, per a report from The Athletic’s Brendan Quinn.

Martelli was Saint Joseph’s head coach for the last 24 years before he was let go this March. The 64-year-old coach was named Naismith College Coach of the Year in 2004 when he coached Jameer Nelson and Delonte West to a perfect regular season record and an Elite Eight performance.


With over 700 games of head coaching experience, Martelli is as experienced a wingman as Howard could ask for. He’ll be expected to show Howard, who has never been a college coach, the ropes of the collegiate game.

Martelli should also bring recruiting ties to the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic after operating in Philadelphia for over 20 years.

Martelli will join Saddi Washington, who is being retained by Howard, on Michigan’s bench. The Wolverines have one assistant coaching position left to fill and New York Knicks assistant coach Howard Eisley has been widely reported as a leading candidate for the final vacancy.

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  1. kturnup

    Looks like our long and tireless search for a staff is over

  2. adamsmit86

  3. tarverine

    One retained assistant from Beilein, one NBA guy, and one experienced college head coach. That’s pretty much what everyone’s hope was at the start of all this.

    Anyone who feels like digging through Saint Joseph’s scheduling to see how Martelli tends to do things will have my eternal gratitude :slight_smile:

  4. adamsmit86


    He has been friendly to the program for just about a two decades now.

    As is often the case people have a real misunderstanding of those that they only know through the offerings of others.

    Thinking that now UM fans will find away to learn more about the guy and not just accept what comes from mostly uninformed messengers.

    He has influence. He’s not dirty. Never has been.

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