2009 Program News

9/8/09: SJU Coach Martelli Slated to Give Opening Talk

St. Joseph’s University’s head men’s basketball coach Phil Martelli is set to give the opening talk of the ICECP program at the morning class session on Tuesday, Sept. 15. Martelli is scheduled to speak to the group at the Trabant Student Center 206 at the University of Delaware from 10 to 11 a.m.

The topic of Coach Martelli’s discussion is the role of the coach in sport development. It focuses on accepting the responsibility of growing the game at home and abroad and impacting players both in sport and in life. His message transcends the specifics of coaching basketball. It is a geared towards the goal of ICECP, which is to teach the participant coaches how to grow their sport in their country, develop athletes as competitors and as people and be ambassadors for their sport.

Coach Martelli’s discussion is intended to set the tone for the six-week program, according to Dr. Matthew Robinson.
“We are very fortunate to have Coach Martelli as our opening speaker. He is a great educator and coach and has success both in the US and abroad with his work with USA Basketball,” Dr. Robinson said.

Phil Martelli has coached the St. Joseph’s men’s basketball team since 1995. In that 14-year span, he has a record of 278-176 and received the Atlantic 10 coach of the year award four times (1997, 2001, 2004 and 2005), as well as the consensus national coach of the year award (2004).

Martelli has ample international experience as well, having served as head coach of the 2005 USA Basketball U21 team that finished fifth at the World Championships. He also served as an assistant coach on USA Basketball squads that earned gold medals at the 2001 FIBA World Championship for Young Men and the 1998 Goodwill Games.