Another legendary college basketball coach has called it a career, following in the footsteps of Roy Williams and Mike Krzyzewski.
On Wednesday, Jay Wright announced he is retiring after 21 seasons at the helm of Villanova.
The 60-year-old coached Hofstra from 1994 to 2001 before coming over to the Wildcats. Villanova’s remarkable 2005-06 season earned Wright his first of two Naismith Coach of the Year honors — but most of his accomplishments came late in his career.
- Wright led Villanova to two national championships, four Final Fours, eight Big East regular-season titles, and five Big East tournament titles.
- The Wildcats have been an NCAA men’s tournament staple, going 20-4 since 2016 — the most wins of any team in the country over that span.
- He coached nine current NBA players, including Mikal Bridges, Jalen Brunson, and Kyle Lowry.
- Wright was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2021.
With his $6.2 million salary, Wright was the nation’s fifth-highest-paid coach in his final season. His pay with the Wildcats increased several years ago after UCLA reportedly offered to double his wages, which were less than $4 million per season.
With Wright stepping away, Fordham head coach Kyle Neptune has been named Villanova’s next head coach.
Neptune was an assistant on Wright’s staff from 2013 to 2021 — which means he understands better than most the legacy he’s charged with maintaining.