Philly coaches unite for movie premiere

From the only-in-Philadelphia file ...

On Friday night at the Kimmel Center, The Mighty Macs, a movie about the famed Immaculata women’s basketball team and their legendary coach Cathy Rush, premieres. Along with it being about a Philly team, it’s produced and directed by a Philly guy -- Tim Chambers, brother of Penn State basketball coach, Pat.

It’s a tricky night for a basketball movie premiere, what with this being the first night of college basketball season and all.

Yet when the lights dim, Drexel’s Bruiser Flint, Saint Joseph’s Phil Martelli, Temple’s Fran Dunphy and Villanova’s Jay Wright will be in the audience. The four coaches all reconfigured and finagled their first practices so they could make the 8:30 p.m. opening.

And anyone who knows a thing or two about the hyper-competitive, overanxious gene pool that makes up college coaches knows just how big of a gesture that is.

“That says all you need to know about the coaches in this town,’’ said Martelli, whose wife, Judy, played at Immaculata. “I was going to be there regardless because of my wife, but for these guys to do that, that’s special.’’