Sixers assistant Lange hired as coach at St. Joe's

Sam Amico

Philadelphia 76ers assistant Billy Lange has been named the new head coach at St. Joe's, replacing Phil Martelli.

"As a Philly native, Billy’s basketball experiences as a head coach at Navy, an assistant at Villanova and six NBA seasons on our bench, provides a great base to develop, recruit and stamp his vision on a storied basketball program," Sixers coach Brett Brown said in a statement.

"I am proud of his appointment and he and his family will be missed as friends and Billy in a professional capacity, very much. He has been with me from day one and to see where he started and now where he has ended up, is a fantastic human and basketball story. We will be following him closely. Go Hawks."

Lange, 47, had been with the Sixers since 2013. Prior to joining the Sixers, he reportedly turned down an offer to coach the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the G League.

The Sixers (47-27) enter Wednesday night sitting in third in the Eastern Conference.