College Basketball

St. Joe's Coach Phil Martelli's 4-Year-Old Grandson Is Ready to Coach Team

Bleacher Report
Kyle NewportFeatured ColumnistMarch 16, 2014

Philip Stephen Martelli may only be four years old, but he has the makings of a college basketball coach.

The grandson of St. Joseph's coach Phil Martelli stole the show at the 2014 A-10 tournament final. The youngster came prepared—complete with a blazer, a tie and a drawing board—to lead the Hawks to the NCAA tournament with a victory on Sunday.

In the stands, the younger Martelli did his best to imitate everything his grandfather did during the game. His effort was rewarded as St. Joseph's held on for a 65-61 victory over VCU to clinch an automatic bid to the Big Dance.

Hopefully the kid will bring his act to the NCAA tournament.


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