Villanova head coach Jay Wright announced his retirement Wednesday, prompting several coaches to praise the longtime Wildcats leader.

Villanova head coach Jay Wright called it a career on Wednesday after 21 years strolling the Wildcat sidelines.

Wright, 60, is regarded as one of the best coaches in college basketball history. He won two national titles with Villanova, six Big East championships and reached the NCAA Tournament 16 times with four Final Four trips, the last one coming earlier this month.

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Known for his warm, approachable presence and tremendous coaching ability, Wright gained the respect of many throughout his accolade-filled career, culminating in a Naismith Hall of Fame induction last year.

His retirement announcement Wednesday caught many by surprise, though it prompted many well wishes and congratulatory messages from coaches across the country.