By Michael Maxwell
Ex-St. Joe’s coach Phil Martelli’s time as Michigan‘s acting head coach has come to a close, and he can now return to his primary position of associate head coach for the Wolverines – working alongside Juwan Howard, who was suspended for the team’s final five games of the regular season due to his postgame altercation with Wisconsin staffers on Feb. 20.
While Martelli had to step in for the suspended Howard and serve as Michigan’s primary coach, he led the Wolverines to a 3-2 finish to the regular season – which was capped off Sunday with a 75-69 road win at No. 23 Ohio State.
Following Michigan’s win, Martelli spoke with the Wolverines and thanked them for allowing him to be their acting head coach for the final five games of the regular season – and the locker room echoed with cheers for the veteran coach as a result.
Thank you @PhilMartelli ??
— Michigan Men's Basketball (@umichbball) March 6, 2022