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Thursday, September 2, 2004
Granelli ends 32-year career with 607-249 mark

Associated Press

JERSEY CITY, N.J. -- Mike Granelli retired from St. Peter's College on Thursday, ending a 32-year women's basketball coaching career.

Granelli is one of three coaches in women's college basketball history to win 600 games at the same school. Granelli posted a 607-249 record with the Peacocks, leading them to seven NCAA Division I tournament appearances.

"I was very lucky to have some great players who will always be etched in my memories," Granelli said. "We always had good camaraderie. We had a great coaching staff going all the way back to the beginning and we shared success as a group. It was never one person. I've been part of a much bigger picture."

Granelli will retire effective at the end of September, which will force athletic director William A. Stein to find a new coach quickly.

Granelli won his 600th game on Jan. 15, becoming the ninth coach in Division I history to reach 600 wins. The other two women's coaches to win 600 at the same school are Pat Summitt at Tennessee and Jody Conradt at Texas.

Granelli became the Peacocks' coach in 1972. His best record was 26-3 in 1985-86. From 1978-79 to 2001-02, a span of 24 seasons, Granelli's teams reached the 17-win mark 23 times.

A founding member of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, Saint Peter's captured 10 regular season and nine postseason MAAC titles since 1981-82.

From 1972 to 1989, Granelli served as both the women's basketball coach and the men's soccer coach at St. Peter's. He has more victories than any other men's soccer coach in school history with a record of 163-110-28.