Martelli, Summit capture Naismith honors
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) – Saint Joseph’s Phil Martelli and Tennessee’s
Pat Summit were named the 2004 Naismith College Basketball Coaches of the Year
on Monday by the Atlanta Tipoff Club.
Martelli led Saint Joseph’s to the most successful season in school history
with a 30-2 record and a berth in the NCAA Tournament’s Elite Eight. The Hawks
set a university and Atlantic 10 Conference record by winning their first 27
games before falling to Xavier in the A-10 Tournament quarterfinals.
Saint Joseph’s was a top-25 team all season long, led by Naismith College
Player of the Year Jameer Nelson.
The Hawks spent several days as the country’s No. 1-ranked team for the first
time in school history, and moved into the NCAA Tournament’s round of eight
before a tough 64-62 loss to Oklahoma State on Saturday.
Martelli is 179-99 in his nine-year career as a head coach, all with Saint
Joseph’s. He is also the 2004 Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year and Henry Iba
Award winner for coach of the year as voted by the US Basketball Writers
Summit has led her Lady Volunteers (29-3) to No. 1 seed and a berth in the
Elite Eight of the women’s NCAA Tournament, where they will face sixth-ranked
Stanford on Tuesday.
She has won this award five times since 1987, but this is her first since