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Jay Wright

Head Coach, Men’s Basketball
Villanova University

Over the course of 16 seasons as Villanova's William J. Finneran Endowed Head Coach, Jay Wright has steered the Wildcats to new plateaus featuring multiple highlights. No stretch in that period has been more productive than the last four seasons during which Villanova has claimed four consecutive BIG EAST regular season championships, a pair of BIG EAST Tournament titles (2015 and 2017) and the 2016 NCAA national championship.

Over the last four seasons, Villanova has won more games than any program in America (129-17). The Wildcats have been ranked in the Top 25 of the Associated Press poll for 70 consecutive weeks entering 2017-18 and spent eight weeks atop that poll in '17-18, including the final one. In all, Villanova has been ranked No. 1 in the AP poll over the last two seasons after having never reached that height previously.

On Feb. 11, 2017, Wright recorded his 500th career victory when the Wildcats downed Xavier 73-57. He carries a career record of 508-246 (.674). Since returning to Villanova in 2001 as head coach -- he served five seasons as an assistant to his mentor, coach Rollie Massimino, from 1987-92 -- Wright has posted a 386-161 (.706) mark.

In 2016-17, senior guard Josh Hart earned consensus first team All-American honors, the third Wildcats player to do so in Wright's tenure (Randy Foye and Scottie Reynolds are the others.) Hart earned the Senior CLASS and Julius Erving awards and was later selected in the first round of the National Basketball Association draft, landing with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Hart and classmates Kris Jenkins and Darryl Reynolds each earned a Villanova degree in May 2017. Every Wildcat who has spent four seasons in the program since the mid-1970s has earned a diploma. What's more, there were 11 Wildcats named to the BIG EAST All-Academic Team in 2016-17 and Jalen Brunson was the Philadelphia Big Five Scholar Athlete of the Year. Villanova also received the Team Academic Excellence award from the BIG EAST in 2016-17.

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 and giving the Wildcats their second NCAA national championship.

Under the direction of Wright, the Wildcats have advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 12 of the last 13 seasons. He owns an all-time NCAA Tournament record of 21-13 (.618). Wright 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).

A 1983 Bucknell University graduate and basketball alumnus, Wright is married to the former Patricia Reilly. The couple has two sons, Taylor (24) and Colin (23) and a daughter Reilly (18). 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.