Jay Wright retirement: Villanova head coach reportedly nearing decision
Long-time Villanova head coach Jay Wright is expected to retire this offseason in some surprising news for the Wildcats.
According to Shams Charania with The Athletic and Stadium, the Hall of Famer has been considering retirement. The 60-year-old coach is meeting with family and trying to make a decision soon.
Charania quickly updated his report and said Wright is likely to retire soon. That means Villanova will need to put a succession plan in place in the coming days.
Jay Wright is likely retiring as head coach of Villanova soon, sources said, and that means a succession plan is in order for the university. https://t.co/o3fJHrUMEy
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) April 20, 2022
Wright has a career head coaching record of 642-282. He originally took over for the Wildcats for the 2001-02 season after a run leading Hofstra to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances.
Since that time, Wright has led Villanova to 4 Final Fours and a pair of national championships. The Wildcats defeated Michigan for the 2016 national title and North Carolina in 2018.
This season, Wright and Villanova advanced to the Final Four before losing to Kansas in the national semifinal. The Wildcats earned wins over Ohio State and Michigan during their March Madness run.
Villanova has been one of the most stable brands in college basketball under Wright’s leadership. It will be interesting to see how the Wildcats look for 2022-23 and beyond.