Phil Martelli named to NCAA Oversight Committee

Phil Martelli owns the most Atlantic 10 wins of any active league coach and ranks second all-time in A-10 victories behind Temple’s John Chaney (296). The Hawks’ coach earned his first league victory on January 20, 1996 against La Salle at The Palestra. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports)

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Saint Joseph’s men’s basketball coach Phil Martelli has been appointed to the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Oversight Committee, serving a four-year term that began on July 1.

Martelli, who is entering his 23rd season as the Hawks’ head coach, is a past president of the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Board of Directors and has been a member of the NCAA Division I Basketball Ethics Coalition Committee.

The 12-member committee is headed by Hofstra University director of athletics Jeff Hathaway. Its goal is to ensure that appropriate oversight of men’s basketball is maintained, will enhance the development and public perception of the sport and make recommendations related to regular-season and postseason men’s basketball. The committee will prioritize enhancement of the student-athlete educational experience (academically and athletically), and in doing so, promote student-athletes’ personal growth and leadership development.

The Men’s Basketball Oversight Committee will supervise qualifications and/or selection procedures for the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship. The committee will review recommendations from the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee and process other issues related to the administration of the championship. The committee will assume many of the duties of the former NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Issues Committee and will provide direction to the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Rules Committee regarding playing rules. The committee will be comprised of representatives from each divisional subgroup.

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