Former Villanova Wildcats head coach Jay Wright decided to stop coaching after last season.
Wright was very successful in his coaching career, notching two NCAA championships in 2016 and 2018 with the Wildcats. Wright led Villanova to the Final Four last season, but he switched from coaching to broadcasting this season.
The 61-year-old would likely be highly sought after if he decided to rejoin the coaching ranks, but he doesn’t appear to be keen on coaching again, at least in the near future.
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Wright will work as a television studio analyst for March Madness this year.
Wright recently spoke with Charles Barkley and Ernie Johnson on «The Steam Room» podcast about his decision to retire as coach.
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«I really don’t miss it at all,» Wright said. “I enjoyed every second. There was never a moment where I thought, ‘I don’t like this. I feel like I got it all out and am enjoying this new life.
«I really think I’m done. I know enough about life to know that things change. In my heart, I’m so at peace with it.»
Wright also revealed that he had an epiphany earlier in the season while announcing a Purdue game. While he enjoyed being in the arena, he was happy not to have to deal with the stress of the coach.
“I remember doing a game at Purdue. It was so loud that we couldn’t hear it in our headphones. There’s a little side comment, ‘This is great, this juice is great.’ As soon as the game starts, I look across and see the faces of the coaches, the agony. I’m very glad to be out of this and on the other side,» Wright said.
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Wright was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2021. He posted a 520-197 record at Villanova.