fter playing basketball in high school at Villa
Maria Academy and winning a Catholic academies
championship, Judy Marra Martelli went on to
win three national championships as a point guard for
the Mighty Macs during her four years at Immaculata.
She played with the team during their tour in Australia
in 1974, which was the first time an American
women’s college team played outside the U.S.
Martelli graduated from Immaculata in 1975 with
her degree in sociology. She served as the assistant
women’s basketball coach at Villanova University
from 1975 to 1978. In 1976, she married Phil
Martelli, the men’s basketball coach at St. Joseph’s
University. They live in Media, PA and have three
children, and one grandson. Two of their children
are assistant basketball coaches at universities.
Martelli has served as a volunteer with Coaches
vs. Cancer, a collaboration between the American
Cancer Society and the National Association of
Basketball Coaches (NABC) that promotes healthy
living and cancer awareness. She has helped to
raise more than $7.5 million since 1996, and $1
million of this money has gone to help build a Hope
Lodge at the Fox Chase Cancer Center in PA.
Regarding the game of women’s basketball
today, Martelli said, “Women now have more
options to work out and play all year. They have
become much stronger. Scholarships have given
women these opportunities. They also are able
to travel more. But with this comes much more
of a time commitment and responsibilities.”
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