Phil Martelli said he was “honored” by the role he played at St. Joseph’s as head coach for the past 24 years in a statement released Wednesday.
Martelli, who was fired on Tuesday, called it “good fortune to have wonderful partners" like players and their families, assistant coaches, other staffers and fans who followed his teams since he took over in 1995.
He also said he was excited “through the pain and numbness.”
“I am fired up. I need to be on a sideline and working with hungry student athletes who want to be challenged.”
Read the full statement here:
Martelli told the Inquirer’s Mike Jensen that he was given a choice to announce he was resigning or retiring and he declined.
“It would not have been honorable — and it didn’t take me long to answer the question,” he said.
He also said he’s still interested in coaching, and that he doesn’t plan on letting the firing “scar” him. Read more here.