Jay Wright Doesn't See Himself Ever Coaching at Another College Program Other Than Villanova: 'Definitely Not'
Jay Wright shocked the basketball world in April when he announced his retirement from Villanova.
Don't expect him to shock the basketball world again in a few years by returning to college basketball at another program.
When asked Monday on the College Hoops Today Podcast if he could ever see himself coaching at another college program other than Villanova, Wright gave the following emphatic response: "Definitely not. I'm committed to Villanova and working with Father Peter Donohue --- our President --- outside of basketball with the athletic department, with our capital campaign. These are new things for me that are exciting. I want to keep Villanova strong --- I wouldn't want to do that (coaching) at another university."
Wright served as Villanova's head coach from 2001-22 and has had multiple chances to coach in the NBA during his Hall-of-Fame career, but never made the jump. He currently serves as Villanova's special assistant to the president. Wright led Villanova to two national titles (2016, 2018) and four Final Four appearances (2009, 2016, 2018, 2022) during his tenure on the Main Line.
He was replaced by Fordham's Kyle Neptune in April. Neptune served as Wright's assistant at Villanova from 2013-21.
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Jon Rothstein has been a college basketball insider for CBS Sports since 2010 and a contributor to the CBS Broadcast Network since 2016. He joined FanDuel in 2022 as a Content Creator. Rothstein is also the host of the College Hoops Today Podcast via Compass Media Networks.