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Wright part of leadership seminar for military

Villanova coach Jay Wright to join other top college coaches for a session at the Pentagon.

Villanova head coach Jay Wright. (Steven M. Falk/Staff Photographer)
Villanova head coach Jay Wright. (Steven M. Falk/Staff Photographer)Read more

JAY WRIGHT will be at the Pentagon tomorrow afternoon to take part in a strategic seminar for military officers, an event that includes a panel discussion on leadership for more than 400 service members.

Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is hosting the event in conjuction with USA Basketball, the NBA and NBA Cares Hoops for Troops program. It will be televised on the Pentagon Channel and webcast starting at 1:30.

Wright, the Villanova's men's coach, will join colleagues Kevin Ollie and Geno Auriemma, who both just won the men's and women's national titles, respectively, at Connecticut, Michigan State's Tom Izzo, Pitt's Jamie Dixon, Texas Tech's Tubby Smith and Syracuse's Jim Boeheim.

It's part of an expanding relationship among USA Basketball, the NBA and the Department of Defense focused on "Commitment to Service."

Among the topics will be motivating and inspiring people toward the pursuit of a common goal, mentoring young adults for a lifetime of positive contributions, recruiting and retaining the best talent and how to better integrate a diverse group of people.

"We'll discuss the importance of dynamic leadership to building winning teams, and also expose these coaches to what our world-class military team brings to the nation," Dempsey said. "These are two great [American] institutions . . . that are the best in the world at what they do.

"I'm excited about collaborating . . . to serve the communities in which we live and work, and to improve our game."