Jay Wright retires: Villanova basketball coach ends profession

Villanova men’s basketball coach Jay Wright is retiring, according to multiple reports. The Athletic’s Shams Charania was the first to report that retirement was likely.

Wright, 60, had wrestled with the decision privately throughout the offseason, sources with knowledge of the situation tell Sports Illustrated. Eventually, the Hall of Fame coach elected to move on, a decision that will reverberate around a sport already experiencing plenty of coaching turnover.

Known for his brilliant offensive mind, ability to develop guards and, until recently, his dapper sideline attire, Wright rose the ranks from a Division III assistant into one of the sport’s most recognizable names. In his 21-year tenure at Villanova, Wright won 520 games, went to four Final Fours and won national championships in 2016 and ’18.


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