Jay Wright, 2-time national champion, reportedly retiring as Villanova head coach
Jay Wright, one of college basketball’s top coaches, reportedly won’t be coaching this fall. According to reports from Stadium’s Jeff Goodman, Wright is retiring and Fordham head coach Kyle Neptune will take the Villanova job.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) April 20, 2022
Wright, who turned 60 in December, has been Villanova’s head coach since 2001. He guided the Wildcats to NCAA Tournament championships in 2016 and 2018. The Wildcats reached the Final Four for the fourth time under Wright in 2022 (2009 was the first time). Wright guided Villanova to numerous conference titles in the America East and Big East.
Wright was named conference Coach of the Year in 2000, ’01, ’06, ’09, ’14, ’15, ’16 and ’19. He picked up national Coach of the Year honors in 2006 (Naismith, NABC), ’16 (Naismith) and ’18 (John Wooden).
Wright got into coaching in 1984 as an assistant at Rochester after playing at Bucknell from 1979-83. After his time at Rochester, Wright was an assistant at Drexel (1986-87), Villanova (1987-92) and UNLV (1992-94) before landing the Hofstra head coaching job in 1994. A 2021 Basketball Hall of Fame inductee, Wright is 642-282 all-time as a head coach, going 34-16 in the NCAA Tournament.
Many basketball fans will be watching closely to see if Wright’s coaching career is over or if he’s taking a break after over 2 decades at Villanova.