When it comes to college basketball coaches, there are some that are more talked about than others. To say that Coach K is the most talked about coach in college basketball would be a massive understatement. When your father is a Hall of Famer, and your brother is a current Hall of Famer, and you’re the winningest coach in the history of college basketball, it’s no wonder that Coach K is constantly in the spotlight. When you take into account that he’s been coaching in college basketball for over 30 years, and has won an NCAA championship with every school he’s coached at, there is little that can be said that hasn’t already been said.But, when you take a step back and look at the totality of the situation, there are a few coaching mysteries that stand out. That’s especially true when you consider that Coach K’s career has spanned over three decades. In fact, if you took everything into account, he’s spent more than double the time that Coach Wright has been coaching as well.While Coach Wright might not have a player drafted in the last 30 years, his teams have produced a handful of NBA players over the course of his career. He’s also won two Big East titles and made two NCAA tournament appearances. So, when you look at the entirety of what Coach Wright has been able to accomplish, there’s not much mystery about him. But,
The Truth Exposed
One of the most interesting coaching mysteries that still exists is this: how much longer will Coach Jay Wright coach college basketball?
Coach Wright has been the head coach at Villanova since 2003, but was it always his plan to stay there for life? If you look back, some of the first things that stand out are a couple comments he made in interviews. When asked about what he would do if Villanova didn’t win a national championship soon, he said, “I love coaching here and I think it’s all about winning championships. So if there isn’t a championship here soon, then I don’t know what my future holds with Villanova.”
There’s also an article from Yahoo Sports on October 25th, 2016. During that time, Coach Wright was in the middle of a hot streak and had just won four straight games. The article mentions that “Wright could very well be coaching into his 80s.”
It’s not entirely clear what happened as far as Coach Wright’s contract with Villanova goes. There has been no announcement that confirms whether or not he’ll leave anytime soon. While there is no definitive answer on when he might retire or even when he’ll decide to leave, one thing is for sure: we’ll continue to speculate until we get some concrete answers.
Coach Wright’s Accomplishments
The only question about Jay Wright is how much time has he spent as the head coach at Villanova. For example, there are some that believe that he’s been coaching for over 30 years. But, if you take a step back and look at the totality of the situation, there are a few coaching mysteries that stand out. If you take everything into account, Coach Wright has spent more than double the time that Coach K has been coaching as well.
While Coach Wright might not have a player drafted in the last 30 years, his teams have produced a handful of NBA players over the course of his career. He’s also won two Big East titles and made two NCAA tournament appearances. So, when you look at the entirety of what Coach Wright has been able to accomplish, there’s not much mystery about him. But, when it comes to college basketball coaches, there are some that are more talked about than others. To say that Coach Wright is one of those sports coaches would be an understatement.
Coach Wright’s Hiring and Extension
When you take a step back and look at the totality of what Coach Wright has been able to accomplish, there’s not much mystery about him. But, when you take a step back and look at the totality of what Coach K has been able to accomplish in his three decades on the job, it’s difficult to argue with his accomplishments. Instead of fighting for himself, it seems that he prefers to fight for his assistant coaches. When Phil Hobbs left Coach Wright for a head coaching position at Florida Gulf Coast, he was immediately replaced by Kevin Willard. It was highly speculated that Willard would be given the opportunity to be head coach at Louisville when he left Florida Gulf Coast because of how long he had been with Coach Wright. This speculation could partially be attributed to how long he had coached under Coach K before leaving.
In an interview with Sports Illustrated in 2013, Coach Wright admitted that “the process” is probably too hard on coaches because they are constantly moving on when they are still building something great. The fact that Willard was brought along so quickly after leaving without any real struggle speaks volumes about how much esteem is given to those who have spent time under Coach K.
Coach Wright’s NCAA Success
His son is the coach at Villanova, and that’s not the only family connection. His daughter-in-law is a former assistant coach at Nova, and his son played for Coach Wright at Oklahoma State. The Big East has been a great league for Coach Wright as well. In fact, he won the Big East Tournament three times in his career. That achievement ties him with Coach K and Tom Izzo for most tournament victories by a coach in any conference in NCAA history.
Coach Wright has had an amazing career, but during it all he’s been overshadowed by Coach K. That’s why it’s important to look at what has happened over the course of his career and also who he has coached while he was coaching.
The Big East Success
Coach Wright has had a lot of success with the Big East. In fact, he’s been a part of 11 Big East championship teams. That’s more than any other coach in the conference has won. He’s also been a part of three Big East Tournament championships and four NCAA Tournament appearances. There’s no doubt that Coach Wright is one of the most successful coaches in college basketball history.
Coach Wright’s NBA Success
The mystery surrounding Jay Wright is how he’s been able to stay around for so long without the success of his brother or Coach K. While he has some of the best talent in college basketball, and has two Big East titles and made two NCAA tournament appearances, there are several things that make up for his lack of success as a coach.
First, Coach Wright is known for teaching through basketball. He doesn’t rely on Xs and Os to get his point across, but rather teaching his players about life through basketball itself. This makes him a unique coach who allows the game to teach life lessons instead of relying on Xs and Os to teach. Secondly, Coach Wright is known for recruiting high school players who have yet to play a game in college. By recruiting these underclassmen and getting them prepared for their time in college before they get there, Coach Wright gets them ready both physically and mentally for their transition into playing college basketball. Finally, Coach Wright knows that you have to surround yourself with good coaching staff members in order to be successful. When he recruits coaches like Matt McCall or Russ Rose who know what it takes to win at the highest level, it becomes easier for him to remain successful despite not having any championships at Penn State University yet.
None of this should come as a surprise when you consider what we know about Jay Wright’s career so far: he’s been coaching since 1978; he has two Big East championships; if Penn State continues
Final Words: What You Can Take Away From This
This article dissected the coaching career of Coach Jay Wright. There are a few things that stand out from the article, such as how much time he has coached and how many players he’s had drafted. But, when you take a step back and look at the totality of what Coach Wright has done, there is little to be worried about.
Is Coach Wright’s Success Underrated?
There has been a lot of talk in recent years about the success of Coach Wright and the fact that he has not gotten nearly as much recognition as he deserves. There are many reasons for this, but one thing is to be clear: Coach Wright’s success is not underrated. When you take into account the time he’s spent coaching college basketball and the players that have come out of his program, it becomes clear why Coach K leads the pack. But, if you want to know why Coach K leads the pack, there’s only one reason: The amount of talent that he has had at his disposal.
He’s coached multiple NBA superstars (including LeBron James), All-Americans like Jalen Rose, J.J Redick, Anthony Davis, and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. And with guys like these on his roster, it’s no wonder that they often win big games when they step on the court together. With coaches like these two always in the spotlight because of what they’ve achieved in their respective sports, it might be hard to remember coaches like Coach Wright who don’t get nearly as much attention as they deserve.>>END>>