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Jay Wright

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In 21 seasons as Villanova's William B. Finneran Endowed Head Coach, Jay Wright guided the Wildcats, including NCAA national championships in 2016 and 2018 and four Final Four appearances. Jay was then enshrined on Sept. 11, 2021, in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. In January 2020, Wright was named the Associated Press men's college basketball Coach of the Decade. Wright, the product of Council Rock High School and Bucknell University, owns a record of 520-196 (.724) as the head coach of the Wildcats and is the program's all-time wins leader. With 271 BIG EAST victories, he ranks third all-time among league coaches and is 34-14 (.708) in NCAA Tournament play at Villanova. His overall record as head coach – including a successful seven-year stint at Hofstra University from 1994-2001 – is 642-281 (.691).  

 

Academically under Coach Wright, he has guided the Wildcats to receive Academic All-BIG EAST recognitions on 82 occasions, and all 13 members of the roster earned that distinction in 2020-21. Jalen Brunson was named a second-team CoSIDA Academic All-American in 2018, and teammate Matt Kennedy received the NCAA Elite 90 Award at the Final Four. Collin Gillespie was named the BIG EAST Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2022. Every Villanova player who has spent four years in the program since 1975 has earned his degree. In 2018 Wright received the John R. Wooden Legends of Coaching Award in Los Angeles. He is a two-time winner of the Naismith National Coach of the Year award (2006 and 2016) and, in 2018-19, became the first man in BIG EAST history to be selected as the league's Coach of the Year six times.  

 

This past October, Jay joined CBS Sports as a college basketball analyst for the 2022-23 season. In addition, he also worked as a studio and game analyst during the regular season and March Madness on CBS and CBS Sports Network.  

 

Wright's book "Attitude," published in 2017, was a New York Times bestseller. Wright is married to Patty Wright, and they have two sons, Taylor and Colin, and a daughter Reilly. Patty and Jay Wright were honored with the inaugural Saint Augustine Medal in April 2017.  

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