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Jay Wright
Jay  Wright

Hometown:
Churchville, Pa.

High School:
Council Rock

Last College:
Bucknell '83

Position:
Head Coach

Birthdate:
12/24/1961

Coaching Record:
544-250 ( 422-165 Villanova)

04/02/2018

Champions Again! Wildcats Top Michigan, 79-62

Donte DiVincenzo drops 31 points in the championship game

01/06/2018

Villanova/Marquette Post-Game Quotes

Villanova 100, Marquette 90

01/24/2017

No. 1 Wildcats Fall to Marquette, 74-72

Bridges led the team with 20 points in loss to the Golden Eagles.

12/09/2016

Wildcats to Face Notre Dame Saturday in Never Forget Tribute Classic

Former BIG EAST rivals to square off in Newark, N.J.

12/03/2016

Wilcats Dominate in Win Over Saint Joseph's, 88-57

Josh Hart led the team with a triple double in win over the Hawks.

04/02/2018

Villanova vs. Michigan: National Championship Gallery (USATSI)

Villanova vs. Michigan - April 2, 2018

03/31/2018

Villanova vs. Kansas (USATSI)

Photos from Villanova men's basketball vs. Kansas - NCAA Final Four - Saturday, March 31, 2018

03/23/2018

Villanova vs. West Virginia (USATSI)

Photos from Villanova men's basketball vs. West Virginia - Friday, March 23, 2018

03/10/2018

Villanova vs. Providence (USATSI)

Photos from Villanova men's basketball vs. Providence - Saturday, March 10, 2018

03/09/2018

Villanova vs Butler (USATSI)

Villanova vs Butler

In 17 seasons as Villanova's William B. Finneran Endowed Head Coach, Jay Wright has guided the Wildcats to new plateaus, including a pair of NCAA national championships. The Bucknell University graduate (1983) is one of only three active Division I head coaches with multiple national championships to his credit.

Villanova has more victories over the past five seasons (165) than any other program in America. It is the first Division I team to post 30 or more victories in four consecutive seasons (2014-18). The Wildcats moved into the Associated Press Top 25 in the first week of December 2013 and remained there through the end of the 2017-18 campaign. After gaining its first ever No. 1 ranking in the AP Top 25 in February 2016, the Wildcats have spent a total of 19 weeks atop that poll over the past three seasons.

In 2017-18, the Wildcats amassed a school record 36 victories and secured Villanova's third NCAA national championship with a 79-62 victory over Michigan on April 2, 2018. After an overtime loss at Creighton on Feb. 24, VU reeled off 11 consecutive victories on its march to its title. Each of its six NCAA Tournament victories was by double digits.

Guard Jalen Brunson became Villanova's first consensus National Player of the Year in the modern era, joining Paul Arizin as the only VU players to earn that distinction. The Lincolnshire, Ill., product was honored with the John R. Wooden Award, Naismith Award, and Associated Press Player of the Year honor. Meanwhile, Mikal Bridges received the Julius Erving Award as the nation's top small forward, becoming the second Wildcat in as many seasons to earn that honor (Josh Hart was the 2017 recipient).

With a quarterfinal victory over Marquette in the 2018 BIG EAST Tournament, Wright moved past Alexander Severance to become the Villanova program's all-time wins leader. The triumph over Michigan was the 422nd of Wright's tenure as the Wildcats' head coach (422-165). His career record -- including a successful seven year stint at Hofstra from 1994-2001- is 544-250 (.685).

A host of student-athletes who have worn the Blue and White in Wright's tenure at the helm have carried their skills into the National Basketball Association. Three of those men saw NBA action in 2017-18: first round draft choice Josh Hart (Los Angeles Lakers), Ryan Arcidiacono (Chicago Bulls), and Darrun Hilliard (San Antonio Spurs).

In addition to the on-court success, the Wildcats have produced in the class room as well. Senior Matt Kennedy was recognized with the prestigious NCAA Elite 90 Award at the 2018 Final Four while Brunson was voted second team CoSida Academic All-American along with BIG EAST Scholar Athlete of the Year. Every Villanova player who has spent four years in the program since 1975 has earned his degree.

On April 4, 2016, Villanova played a large part in one of the iconic moments in NCAA Tournament history. With 4.7 seconds remaining in the NCAA Final at Houston's NRG Stadium, Ryan Arcidiacono quickly advanced the basketball up the left side of the court, cut to his right and fed the ball to a trailing Kris Jenkins. Jenkins stepped into a 28-footer that fell through the net as time expired, capping a 35-5 season.

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). In addition, he is a five time winner of the BIG EAST Coach of the Year award (2006, 2009, 2014, 2015, 2016).

Four coaches who served as Villanova assistants under Wright are now directing their own programs. In that group are Joe Jones (Boston University); Patrick Chambers (Penn State); Baker Dunleavy (Quinnipiac); and Ashley Howard (La Salle). In addition, a collection of other former aides work now on NBA coaching staffs with Brett Gunning (Houston), Billy Lange (Philadelphia) and Ed Pinckney (Minnesota) on that list.

Wright is married to the former Patricia Reilly. The couple has two sons, Taylor (25) and Colin (24) and a daughter Reilly (19). Patty and Jay Wright were honored with the inaugural Saint Augustine Medal in April 2017.

Wright's first book "Attitude: How to Develop a Winning Mindset On and Off the Court" was released in 2017 and became a New York Times' bestseller.

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