* The game was the first meeting between Drexel head coach Amy Mallon and Villanova head coach Denise Dillon. Villanova has never fired a head basketball coach (men's or women's). He’d find ways to keep them fresh so they would be hungry about coming to practice as the days dwindled to … Jay Wright’s health concerns are heightened after positive COVID-19 tests in Villanova’s basketball program. Dillon was appointed as the head coach at Drexel prior to the 2004-05 season after spending one year as the program's interim head coach. Mary F. Calvert for ESPN 1y Elizabeth Merrill VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) — Villanova hired former star Denise Dillon as its new women’s basketball coach Friday. The 2020-21 women’s college basketball season is still early and fluid. Harry Perretta to retire as Villanova women’s basketball coach after 2019-20 season | Philadelphia Inquirer Perretta is entering his 42nd season as the head coach of … Denise Dillon ’96, a Villanova Varsity Club Hall of Fame inductee with 17 years of Division I head coaching experience,Continue Reading → Villanova's Perretta to retire after 42 seasons. A national search for a women’s basketball coach at Villanova has concluded with naming Denise Dillon as the successor to Harry Perretta. Villanova has named Denise Dillon as their new women’s basketball head coach. “There’s two sides to the story. Perretta was Villanova’s coach before there was a Big East or Big 5 City Series women’s play. Former Braintree High stars Bridget and Brianna Herlihy, one a coach, one a player, have led the Villanova women's basketball team to a 5-0 start SUBSCRIBE NOW As low as 99¢ for the first month Villanova women's basketball star who gave up sport to be a cloistered nun being featured on ESPN The reports captures the moment Shelly Pennefather hugged Wildcats women's coach … When Perretta started at Villanova back in 1978, head women's basketball coach was a part-time job. Women's Basketball - Coaching Staff; Image Name Title; Denise Dillon: Head Coach: Joe Mullaney: Associate Head Coach: Michelle Sword: Assistant Coach: Mary Wooley: Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator : Mimi Riley: Director of Women's Basketball Operations: Harry Perretta… The search spanned the country, but the result was local. The use of software that blocks ads hinders our ability to serve you the content you came here to enjoy. That said, Dillon made clear that Villanova players should expect to up the defensive intensity. Dillon mentioned learning about strategy and situations and, maybe most of all, about relationships from Perretta. Bella Runyan adds impact talent to the Villanova women’s basketball program. Women’s City Six notebook: Villanova’s Maddy Siegrist picks up where she left off, and players are emerging for La Salle and Drexel . Denise Dillon has coached 17 seasons at Drexel. Dillon was named the fifth head coach in program history on March 25, 2020. Villanova has won more NCAA tournament games as a lower seed than any school. Harry Perretta was fresh out of college when he beat out 65 applicants to become the head coach of Villanova’s Women’s Basketball team. Villanova head coach Rollie Massimino during a 1983 game. Villanova has hired former Wildcats player Denise Dillon, the coach at fellow Philadelphia school Drexel, to replace Harry Perretta as women's basketball coach. Coach: Denise Dillon, entering her first season on the sideline at Villanova, but 18th as a Division 1 head coach. Dillon, who has spent the last 17 years as the head coach of Drexel, played at Villanova for former coach Harry Perretta, who retired after 42 seasons at the school. Harry Perretta, who has been Villanova's head women's basketball coach for 42 years, announced Wednesday that he will retire at the end of this season. She will return home to where she played college basketball, taking over for her college coach, the legendary Harry Perretta. “Besides the numbers, she is a wonderful leader and even a better person,” he said. Dillon coached Drexel from 2003-20 while Mallon was an assistant coach (2004-06) and longtime associate head coach (2007-20) on Dillon's staff. “This is where I want to be," Mallon said. VILLANOVA, Pa. (CBS) — The year was 1978. Harry F. Perretta Jr. (born July 22, 1955) is a retired American basketball coach who served as the head coach of the women's basketball team at Villanova University from 1978 to 2020. Harry Perretta to retire as Villanova women’s basketball coach after 2019-20 season Villanova’s Mary Gedaka has pivoted right into a big-time career | College basketball preview “I had trouble walking — I have arthritis in both knees,’’ Perretta said of when it really hit him late this summer. The head women’s basketball coach will provide a clear vision for the program that is consistent with the traditions and mission of the University and the athletic department. Over the last four seasons, Drexel won 96 games, even with the unfinished business this year after the coronavirus pandemic shut things down with the Dragons four minutes away from starting the CAA tournament. CHARLES FOX / Staff Photographer . She built up a record of 329-204 at Drexel over the past 17 seasons. There were some quick high-profile changing of seats in City 6 women’s basketball Friday as former Drexel coach Denise Dillon, in charge of the Dragons for 17 seasons, was introduced as Villanova’s new coach, and Drexel confirmed that longtime Dillon assistant Amy Mallon will be the Dragons’ new head coach. She is a 5-11, high level, 3-star guard who plays for Moorestown Friend’s high school in Moorestown, New Jersey. The decision to step down as Villanova’s head women’s basketball coach was a difficult one for Harry Perretta, but the toll of more than 40 years on the sideline was something he couldn’t ignore. Villanova women’s basketball is in great hands under Denise’s leadership.” Dillon was appointed as the head coach at Drexel prior to the 2004-05 season after spending one year as the program’s interim head coach. VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) - Villanova hired former star Denise Dillon as its new women’s basketball coach Friday. This position will assist the Head Coach in all aspects of the program including, but not limited to on court coaching, scouting opponents, game day administration, recruiting, academic monitoring ofContinue Reading → Villanova has hired former Wildcats player Denise Dillon, the coach at fellow Philadelphia school Drexel, to replace Harry Perretta as women's basketball coach. … Certainly as a basketball strategist, her approach, I learned a lot about that. Prior to beginning his tenure with the Wildcats, Mullaney was the head women’s basketball coach at St. Johns University for 12 seasons. The former Villanova Wildcat is returning home. “Besides that, she has an infectious personality. Villanova women’s basketball coach Denise Dillon’s coaching staff was announced. After a national search for the successor of an all-time coaching legend, Villanova brought home one of its own to be just the fifth head coach in the history of its women's basketball program. Women’s City Six Notebook: Familiar coaches Denise Dillon and Amy Mallon set to duel for first time at the Pavilion . The search spanned the country, but the result was local. Of Mallon, Zillmer said, “She’s been ‘interviewing’ for the job for 16 years. Mallon, the 1993 Big 5 player of the year at St. Joseph’s and another Big 5 hall of famer, joined Dillon’s Drexel staff in 2004. “The nice part, there’s no moving truck involved.”, © 2020 The Philadelphia Inquirer, LLC Terms of Use/Privacy Policy/California Notice California residents do not sell my data request. Drexel has had sort of a head coach-in-waiting for quite some time. HIGHLIGHTS * The game was the first meeting between Drexel head coach Amy Mallon and Villanova head coach Denise Dillon. The school's team currently competes in the Big East, where it has competed since the 1982–83 season. Villanova won what has been called the greatest college basketball game ever played, defeating Georgetown 66–64 on April 1, 1985 to win the NCAA National Championship. 9 Villanova rallies from 18 down to defeat Georgetown, 76-63, in Big East opener, Women’s City Six Notebook: Familiar coaches Denise Dillon and Amy Mallon set to duel for first time at the Pavilion, Villanova coach Jay Wright continues to focus on his players’ mental health and safety, Villanova’s home opener Monday vs. DePaul is postponed due to positive COVID-19 test results, California residents do not sell my data request. … ". Jay Wright says his biggest worry for many of his first 19 preseasons as Villanova men’s basketball coach was making sure that his players wouldn’t become stagnant. “Villanova is that place.”. Dillon said she’s enough of a competitor that she didn’t really want to know who other candidates might be; she prepared for this job search like she hadn’t gone to the school. Denise Dillon, shown here coaching Drexel, is in her first season at Villanova. Villanova women's basketball is in great hands under Denise's leadership." Drexel had been above .500 once in the dozen years before she got there. Villanova University, a Division I institution and member of the Big East conference, has an immediate opening for a full-time Assistant Coach for women’s basketball. One is the numbers. We feel like we can continue our program.”. In a release on Friday Dillon retained assistant Joe Mulaney, his 25th year as Associate Head Coach, and Mimi Riley as Director of Basketball Operations. Mallon said her philosophy will start with defense – “I feel like that’s the thing everyone is always rewarded for.”. Dillon, a 1996 Villanova graduate, played under head coach Harry Perretta, and is now filling the position that he held for 42 seasons. State of the Nova Nation: V’s Up, Horns Down! Or Massimino would show up at a women’s practice with his assistants and say, “Show me the spread,’’ and the Villanova women would demonstrate for half-an-hour while Massimino smoked a cigar. Leading the assignment are Daniel Parker, vice president and managing director, and Hayden Garrett, principal. At the end of the day, I think I realized that she’s a competitor.”. VILLANOVA, Pa. – The Drexel University women's basketball team (2-1) dropped a close battle against the Villanova University Wildcats (6-0) on Sunday, Dec. 13 from the Finneran Pavilion by a final of 48-46. Villanova's Maddy Siegrist (20) is off to a hot start. Denise Dillon, the new head coach of the women’s basketball program, spent the last 17 years as the head coach of the Drexel women’s basketball team. Perretta is retiring after 42 years as Villanova's women's basketball coach, so the stories were about to flow like a fine bottle of Chianti. Jerold Taylor "Jay" Wright Jr. (born December 24, 1961) is an American college basketball coach. VILLANOVA, PA. --Villanova University head women's basketball coach Harry Perretta today announced that he will retire at the conclusion of the 2019-20 season.Perretta will stay at Villanova through 2020-21 in an administrative role, serving as Special Assistant to the Athletic Director. Jerold Taylor "Jay" Wright Jr. (born December 24, 1961) is an American college basketball coach. Head Coach 4140 4140: jerold.wright@villanova.edu: Kyle Neptune: Assistant Coach 4903 4903: kyle.neptune@villanova.edu: George Halcovage: Assistant Coach 7936 7936: george.halcovage@villanova.edu: Mike Nardi: Assistant Coach 6506 6506: michael.nardi@villanova.edu: Dwayne Anderson: Director of Basketball Operations 6506 6506 Coach Jay Wright of Villanova. March 4, 2020 – Atlanta-based Parker Executive Search has been enlisted by Villanova University to assist in its search for a new women’s head basketball coach. Villanova welcomes the Drexel Dragons to the Finneran Pavilion on Sunday afternoon for a non conference contest. by Joe Juliano , Posted: October 16, 2020 . Dillon is a member of the Class of ’96 playing for Perretta during her time at Nova. Welcome to the first edition of this season’s City Six women’s basketball notebook. Perretta will stay at Villanova through 2020-21 in an administrative role, serving as Special Assistant to the Athletic Director. A beloved figure in women’s basketball circles, and local hoop circles, Perretta’s team won at least 20 games in 20 different seasons, topped by a 29-4 record in 1981-82, and also a run to the NCAA Elite Eight in 2002-03. “They’ve got a target, and we’re all going after it.”, “I hope we made it difficult for her to leave," said Drexel athletic Director Eric Zillmer of Dillon. Villanova Wildcats Schedule 2020-21 2020-21 2019-20 2018-19 2017-18 2016-17 2015-16 2014-15 2013-14 2012-13 2011-12 2010-11 2009-10 2008-09 2007-08 … The head women’s basketball coach will provide a clear vision for the program that is consistent with the traditions and mission of the University and the athletic department. Leading the assignment are Daniel Parker, vice president and managing director, and Hayden Garrett, principal. Of course, Dillon returns to Villanova at the same time Connecticut returns to the Big East. Denise Dillon Named Villanova Women’s Basketball Coach March 27, 2020 phillycollegesports College Basketball, Villanova, Women's Basketball 0 A national search for a women’s basketball coach at Villanova has concluded with naming Denise Dillon as the successor to Harry Perretta. After a national search for the successor of an all-time coaching legend, Villanova is bringing home one of its own to be just the fifth head coach in the history of its women’s basketball program. That continuity will vanish in … VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) — Villanova hired former star Denise Dillon as its new women's basketball coach Friday. Villanova Basketball’s Monday Musings: Texas Sized Victory Sophomore Studs, Slow and Steady, and ESPN Love. Dillon, a 1996 Villanova graduate, played under head coach Harry Perretta, and is now filling the position that he held for 42 seasons. For the 2017–18 season, they will play their home games at Jake Nevin Field House on the Villanova campus while the future Finneran Pavilion is undergoing $65 million renovations. Perretta was Villanova’s coach before there was a Big East or Big 5 City Series women’s play. “There is only one place I would have left Drexel for," Dillon said. Harry Perretta, who has been Villanova's head women's basketball coach for 42 years, announced Wednesday that he will retire at the end of this season. She’d been head coach at Rosemont College and Episcopal Academy, and an assistant at both St. Joe’s and Villanova. Atlanta-based Parker Executive Search has been enlisted by Villanova University to assist in its search for a new women’s head basketball coach. She doesn’t just replace her old coach. Tip-off is set for 1 p.m. In 2015-16, Perretta became the 10 th active and 14 th overall Division I women’s basketball coach to win 700 career games and just the third active Division I women’s coach to win 700 games at one school when Villanova tallied a 63-60 win at Georgetown on Feb. 21, 2016. Dillon used the word “surreal” to describe getting the gig, making it clear it had long been her dream job since she graduated and started working as Perretta’s assistant, then left for Drexel after four seasons. 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