March 12, 2014
NEW YORK, N.Y. - For the third time since 2006, Villanova's Jay Wright is the BIG EAST Coach of the Year. Wright, now in his 13th season at Villanova, also received the honor after leading the Wildcats to a share of the BIG EAST regular season title in 2005-06 and again in 2008-09.
"This is a great honor," Wright stated in accepting the trophy from BIG EAST commissioner Val Ackerman. "I have great respect for the Big East and the coaches who are a part of it so it means a lot to me to receive this award."
In his brief acceptance remarks, Wright also thanked his family and Villanova Director of Athletics Vince Nicastro.
The Wildcats were picked to finish in fourth place in a pre-season BIG EAST poll and were unranked in either of the two major national polls. Yet Villanova went on to post a school record 28 regular season victories and 16 conference triumphs to secure the BIG EAST regular season championship. Along the way, the `Cats also claimed the Battle 4 Atlantis title in the Bahamas along with the Philadelphia Big Five City Series crown.
Villanova entered the national polls on Dec. 2 and remained there throughout the regular season, peaking at No. 3 in the final poll release on Mar. 10.
The Wildcats are the top seed in the BIG EAST Tournament presented by New York Life and tip off on Thursday at noon at the winner of tonight's Seton Hall vs. Butler contest at Madison Square Garden.
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