Head coach Jay Wright made his second appearance at Villanova in 2001, after leaving his assistant coaching job with the team in 1992. And Jay Wright’s wife Patty Wright feels right at home. After all, Villanova is her alma mater.
Patricia Wright (formerly Reilly) is a Villanova graduate of the class of 1983. The mother of Jay Wright’s two sons, Taylor (20), Collin (19), and daughter, Reilly (14), Patricia Wright was a cheerleader for Villanova when the couple was dating. The Doylestown, Pennsylvania native made Dean’s List in the fall of 2012 and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications.
Wright received the call from Villanova’s athletic director on a Saturday morning, a day before he was scheduled to visit Piscataway, N.J. to lock up a deal with the Scarlet Knights. It seems the couple’s decision to make the move to Villanova was a no-brainer. “I took it on the spot,” Wright told mainlinetoday.com. “I grew up here; Patty grew up in South Jersey. It’s Villanova.”
Pennsylvania has been a terrific place for the couple to raise a family. All three children are bright athletes. The oldest, Taylor, was a three-sport athlete at Episcopal Academy, playing forward for the basketball team for three years and quarterback in football for three, while pitching and playing middle infield for four years. He now plays baseball at Brown University. And in 2013, Taylor Wright made fourteen appearances out of the bullpen as a sophomore and recorded sixteen innings of work.
But what we really want to know about the Wright family is who picks out Jay Wright’s clothes? Patty Wright, who holds an inactive license to practice law in the state of Pennsylvania, apparently gives more than legal advice. And the best dressed man in college basketball was not always so well dressed. Fans can thank Patty Wright in part for this; both for allowing Jay Wright to have two closets in their bedroom and for rolling her eyes at him when the dapper and debonair Jay Wright doesn’t dress up to par.