The Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship Institute awarded Villanova Men's Basketball Head Coach Jay Wright and the team's coaching staff with a Meyer ICE Award on Friday, October 26th to recognize the spirit of innovation that drives the team and contributes to their success both on and off the court. The award ceremony took place on center court at the men’s basketball practice facility and was awarded by Patrick Meyer (’74 VSB), Chip Meyer (’86 VSB), Tim Scanlon (’90 CLAS) and Martae Giometti (’13 COE) of the ICE Institute.
Each spring, the ICE Institute proudly recognizes a graduating senior from each college and a faculty member for their ICE related accomplishments through the Meyer Innovation and Creative Excellence Awards. The Awards were created and endowed by Patrick Meyer (‘74 VSB) in 2009 to recognize a spirit of innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship that enhances Villanova University. The Meyer family was excited to expand the award through recognizing two additional groups this fall, University Advancement and the men’s basketball coaching staff.
Coach Wright and the men’s basketball coaching staff were chosen to be the recipients of a 2018 Meyer Innovation and Creative Excellence (ICE) Award for their innovative system and extraordinary results. The men’s basketball coaching staff have innovated the game through creating a unique culture that unites the team and fuels their success. A large part of the basketball team’s culture is the attitude that they display both in challenging times and in times of celebration. Another important component of the team’s culture is celebrating those who have made contributions in the past to help elevate the team to where it is today.