After each game, Jay Wright would tweet a thank you to the opponent, coach, and team. Jay Wright would tweet a congrats message to the coach no matter what happens.
Wright adjusted to modern standards.
However, he was never changed.
He has always been and will always be all class.
Wright shocked the basketball world Wednesday when he informed his Villanova team that he’d retire as the head coach. Fordham’s Kyle Neptune, a former assistant, will now take the reins of a group considered one of the top programs in the game.
Jay Wright Achivements
Wright has won two national championships in the years 2016 and 2018. He participated in the Final Four in 2009 and later this month to make his fourth time. Wright was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in the year prior and was an assistant on the gold-medal-winning Olympic basketball team for men.
“Over the last 21 seasons, I’ve been able to pursue an ambition in my career as director of the team at Villanova”,” Wright declared in a tweet posted Wednesday night on his Twitter account. “Patty and I’ve had the privilege to be able to work with amazing, talented young men who have allowed us to be their coaches and gave us unrivalled happiness. We cannot express enough gratitude to the coaches, players and staff who’ve supported us. It’s been an honour to be part of the team at Villanova, particularly in the direction of Father Peter’s leadership and Mark Jackson (Nova athletic director).
Wright added, “Now, though, it’s time to move into a new era that will be the future of Villanova basketball. After more than 35 years as a coach, I am proud and eager about handing over the reins to the next coach of Villanova. I am thrilled to stay as a participant at Villanova and am looking for the opportunity to work together with Peter, Mark and the other members of the leadership team. Once was a Wildcat Always a Wildcat.”
In the aftermath of the pandemic, Wright changed from his elegant suits to casual clothes, as did his fellow soldiers, but Wright never altered how his actions were carried out.
“Jay Wright’s as effective an instructor as the sport itself has ever had been,” said Hall of Fame coach Bill Self of Kansas, whose Jayhawks defeated Villanova during the national semifinal before winning against North Carolina for the national title earlier in the month at New Orleans. “All his players appreciate and admire the way his teams compete and play and how he runs his team. He’s a total gentleman.”
Jay Wright Career History
Wright played over 21 seasons for Villanova and was a winner of 8 Big East regular-season titles and five Big East tournament titles, and received the title of Naismith Coach of the Year two times.
His two national championships were entirely different. The first was won by the best buzzer-beater ever recorded in sports in the year Kris Jenkins beat North Carolina with a 3-pointer, following Marcus Paige had tied the game with his 3-pointer.
“I am a huge fan of Jay Wright,” former North Carolina coach Roy Williams who was also an inductee into the Hall of Fame, said. “I admired him a great deal. He’s among the real giants of our sport and our field. I’m sure Jay was a top professional and honest. Jay was a tireless worker. He was an excellent recruiter and a great ambassador for his school. He was a great player for basketball in college.”
Wants to know about, BASKETBALL’S FIRST BILLIONAIRE
Williams told reporters that the moment Jenkins made that shot, Jenkins was sure to stand up and stand until Wright greeted him. He declared it one of his most challenging moments as a coach, but he was pleased to see Jay Wright win his first championship.
Nova won the title in 2018 by crushing Michigan after a rout of Kansas to reach the final.
Wright’s program produced star performers throughout his life, including Kyle Lowry, Josh Hart, Ryan Arcidiancono, Jalen Brunson, Mikal Bridges, and Donte DiVincenzo.
“Coach Wright’s legacy is not his titles as an ex-assistant Baker Dunleavy, the current Quinnipiac head coach. “His contribution to the game is the values he’s instilled into his players and coaches. They are evident after watching the Villanova game and, more importantly, getting to know a Villanova player. For him, it’s the most important thing he could ever leave, and we’re all happy to be part of his.”
Wright was also able to ensure that his team that the Big Five never faded in the city of thriving basketball, Philadelphia. Villanova had the power to control the league and decide if it was still in existence, and Wright was loved by his opponents.
“Villanova, along with Jay Wright, is synonymous for excellence and excellence,” ex-Saint Joseph’s head coach Phil Martelli, now a Michigan assistant, said. “Jay is the perfect blend of coaching, recruiting, and the school he represents. The sport and the profession are much better due to Jay. Jay is a true friend.”
Wright’s announcement came in the same month that fellow Hall of Fame legend Duke Mike Krzyzewski coached his last game the night before during the Final Four in New Orleans.
Williams quit in the year 2000. This is the third time three Hall of Fame coaches is ending their careers at the highest level.
“NCAA basketball will certainly be missing a fantastic coach and an even better person due to Jay Wright’s departure,” NCAA Senior Vice President of basketball Dan Gavitt said. “Jay is a huge fan of college basketball and respects all those involved in the sport, creating a fantastic atmosphere in Villanova and his athletes. I hope Jay and Patty have nothing but happiness and satisfaction in the upcoming phase of their life.
Coach Krzyzewski, Coach Williams and Coach Wright are a significant loss for the college basketball team within a little over one year. However, as the legends that they studied and admired in the past — Bob Knight, Dean Smith and Rollie Massimino, the new generations of basketball coaches will rise to the challenge of helping to improve our game.”
Wright, 60, who has been coaching for a long time, will soon be laid to rest and will likely be the most sought-after former coach of every television network that broadcasts the game.
However, his legacy remains unbroken for him to be one of the most renowned coaches in today’s game.
Villanova was not all-blue blood until Wright came to town, and the Wildcats are today. It’s all because of Wright’s masterclass in leadership and managing an elite squad.