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Saint Joseph's head coach Phil Martelli was the recipient of the 2016 Gene Bartow award, which is presented annually to a coach for this outstanding contributions to the game.

April 4, 2016


HOUSTON TX  -- Saint Joseph’s coach Phil Martelli is the recipient of the 2016 Gene Bartow award..

Martelli led the Hawks to their second Atlantic 10 championship and NCAA Tournament berth in three years. The Hawks finished the year with a 28-8 record, for the second most wins in school history, and advanced to the NCAA Second Round.

Martelli is not only passionate for coaching, but also for his work in the community. He serves as the chair of the Coaches vs. Cancer National Council and as the co-chair of the Philadelphia chapter of that organization, with the city’s coaches becoming one of the top fundraising groups in the nation. He’s received numerous honors for his community work while he has received three honorary doctorates - from his alma mater, Widener University (2004), as well as Cabrini College (2006) and Immaculata University (2010). 

In 21 seasons as head coach at Saint Joseph’s, Phil Martelli has built a program that is consistently one of the top in the conference, a perennial post-season participant and a key player on the national scene. In doing so, he has earned his place among the top coaches in the school’s storied history and has become one of the more respected coaches in the game

The Gene Bartow award recognizes outstanding achievement and contributions to the game.

Bartow spent 36 years as a head coach, posting a 647-353 record.  He led Memphis State to the 1973 NCAA championship game, losing to UCLA in St. Louis, the last in the Bruinsí streak of seven straight titles. After leaving Memphis to coach at the University of Illinois, Bartow succeeded legendary UCLA coach John Wooden at UCLA in 1975. In two seasons at UCLA, Bartowís Bruins had a 52-9 won-lost record and reached the 1976 NCAA Final Four.

Then, following the 1976-77 season, Bartow departed UCLA to start a basketball program at the University of Alabama Birmingham as both head coach and director of athletics. He served at UAB for 18 years, leading the Blazers to the National Invitation Tournament in the program's second year of existence. Overall, he guided UAB to seven straight NCAA tournament berths, reaching the Sweet 16 in 1981 and the Elite Eight in 1982.  

While at UAB, Bartow became the winningest coach in Sun Belt Conference history with 111 career Sun Belt wins.  In 2005 Bartow was honored as the all-time Sun Belt Menís Basketball Coach during the leagueís celebration of its 30th anniversary.  

In 1996, Bartow retired from coaching and UAB honored him by naming its basketball facility Bartow Arena the following year. Most recently, the 81-year old Bartow was the president of Hoops LP, the parent company of the NBAís Memphis Grizzlies and the FedEx Forum.

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