In his fourth Final Four as coach of the Villanova Wildcats, Wright retired after his 21st season. The two-time national champion plans to start working at Villanova in a fundraising and advisory role. Neptune was immediately appointed to replace him by Villanova. As an assistant coach on Wright’s staff from 2013 to 2021, Kyle Neptune participated in Villanova’s last two NCAA championship campaigns in 2016 and 2018.
Who is Kyle Neptune?
After the Rams finished the season 2-12 due to a pandemic-shortened season in 2020-21, Neptune became Fordham’s coach. Fordham finished with a 16-16 record during Neptune’s only season at Rose Hill Gymnasium. It was the most considerable single-season improvement in program history since it improved by 14 wins between 2020-21 and 2021-22. Despite struggling offensively, Fordham had some success despite finishing last in the Atlantic 10.
The Neptune team ranked fifth in the conference in defending, holding opponents to 66.8 points per game. There were also plenty of takeaways – in the Atlantic 10 with 7.31 per game the Rams got fourth place.
Even more promising were the advanced numbers. With 95.1 points allowed per 100 possessions, Fordham is 41st. The Joe B. Hall Award is given to the most outstanding first-year coach in Division I men’s basketball each year, and Neptune was nominated for it.
Kyle Neptune Bio
Originally from Brooklyn, New York, Neptune attended Brooklyn Friends School and played on Brooklyn Friends’ 2003 State Championship team. However, in Europe and Puerto Rico, he briefly played professional baseball. He graduated from Lehigh University with a degree in journalism.
A report in Caribbean Life says Kyle Neptune’s parents were born in Guyanese and Trinidadians. A former soccer player, basketball player, and volleyball player from Guyana, Alex Neptune played basketball, volleyball, and table tennis. His wife and he both retired from corporate jobs in the United States.
We have devoted ourselves to providing our children with the best opportunities, Kyle or Alisha (Kyle’s sister). We are proud of all they have achieved so far. According to Kyle’s father, Alisha is the head of a charter school in New York City. Neptune has shared pictures of his sister and father on his social media channels.
Jay Wright’s Contributions
“As Villanova’s winningest coach who guided, developed, and empowered his student-athletes to achieve success on the basketball court and in their personal lives, Jay’s legacy extends far beyond the numerous awards and accolades he won.
During Wright’s career, the Big East and twice by the Naismith Awards select Wright as Coach of the Year six times. In 2021, he will enter the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
Ahead of Thursday’s team awards banquet, Wright gathered his players for a team meeting. The Wildcats won the national championship in 2016 and 2018. Despite making it to the Final Four, the Wildcats lost to Kansas in the semifinals.
We’re excited to turn the reins of this treasure of a program over to @kyleneptune . Kyle was a part of our staff for 10 years , helped us win two national titles and returns after a successful season @FordhamMBB. He understands our culture and will keep it strong . pic.twitter.com/Nf6n1B5GcvAdvertisement
— Jay Wright (@VUCoachJWright) April 21, 2022
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