We’re grateful she’s accepted the job.”, Zillmer noted that Mallon had been a defensive specialist as assistant coach. Women’s City Six Notebook: Familiar coaches Denise Dillon and Amy Mallon set to duel for first time at the Pavilion . 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. “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. Prior to beginning his tenure with the Wildcats, Mullaney was the head women’s basketball coach at St. Johns University for 12 seasons. Dillon, a 1996 Villanova graduate, played under head coach Harry Perretta, and is now filling the position that he held for 42 seasons. * Drexel and Villanova swapped first and second quarters. She will return home to where she played college basketball, taking over for her college coach, the legendary Harry Perretta. Jay Wright’s health concerns are heightened after positive COVID-19 tests in Villanova’s basketball program. 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. A national search for a women’s basketball coach at Villanova has concluded with naming Denise Dillon as the successor to Harry Perretta. Besides her on-court coaching, she will serve as the program’s video coordinator. One is the numbers. Year 2, after serving as an interim coach in Year 1, she was 19-10 and never looked back, the Dragons averaging a little more than 20 wins a season. Villanova's Perretta to retire after 42 seasons. Perretta was Villanova’s coach before there was a Big East or Big 5 City Series women’s play. “Everything kept pointing to Denise, at every turn," said Villanova athletic director Mark Jackson, noting that Villanova’s alumni base was vocal, and also noted that when Dillon had come back one time to speak to Villanova athletes, “I came away with such a strong feeling about her leadership philosophy, who she was, what Villanova meant to her. 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. 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 → 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. 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. She’d been head coach at Rosemont College and Episcopal Academy, and an assistant at both St. Joe’s and Villanova. State of the Nova Nation: V’s Up, Horns Down! We feel like we can continue our program.”. That continuity will vanish in … When Perretta started at Villanova back in 1978, head women's basketball coach was a part-time job. by Damichael Cole, Posted: December 11, 2020 . “Besides that, she has an infectious personality. Villanova hired former star Denise Dillon as its new women's basketball coach Friday. 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. 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 … 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's Maddy Siegrist (20) is off to a hot start. … Certainly as a basketball strategist, her approach, I learned a lot about that. There will be two newcomers on the main line as Michelle Baker and Mary Wooley join the staff. The official Women's Basketball page for the Villanova University Wildcats 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. Mary F. Calvert for ESPN 1y Elizabeth Merrill Villanova has hired former Wildcats player Denise Dillon, the coach at fellow Philadelphia school Drexel, to replace Harry Perretta as women's basketball coach. VILLANOVA, PA. – Villanova University head women's basketball coach Denise Dillon today announced her 2020-21 coaching staff. The school's team currently competes in the Big East, where it has competed since the 1982–83 season. “This is where I want to be," Mallon said. When he was hired at the age of 22, he became the youngest coach to ever head a women's varsity program at Villanova. 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 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. Jerold Taylor "Jay" Wright Jr. (born December 24, 1961) is an American college basketball coach. 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 She will return home to where she played college basketball, taking over for her college coach, the legendary Harry Perretta. Villanova has never fired a head basketball coach (men's or women's). Tip-off is set for 1 p.m. Women’s City Six notebook: Villanova’s Maddy Siegrist picks up where she left off, and players are emerging for La Salle and Drexel . VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) — Villanova hired former star Denise Dillon as its new women’s basketball coach Friday. 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. 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. 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. Villanova women's basketball is in great hands under Denise's leadership." AP file photo . To have one of my former players take over the program is something that makes me extremely proud. 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. The former Villanova Wildcat is returning home. Make a Gift Villanova’s Women's Basketball program relies on gifts from our alumni, parents and friends to provide the resources our student-athletes require to be successful. … ". 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. Shanette Lee enters her 21st year as an assistant coach for the Wildcats in 2019-20. Perretta was Villanova’s coach before there was a Big East or Big 5 City Series women’s play. ELIZABETH ROBERTSON / Staff Photographer . She built up a record of 329-204 at Drexel over the past 17 seasons. Denise Dillon has coached 17 seasons at Drexel. The Wildcats picked up a … She’ll try to create the same staff cohesion that she felt Dillon’s staff has had, to instill the same culture, including an open-door policy with players, where relationships are formed and grown. She led that 2004-05 squad to a 19-10 record and a first-round bye in the CAA Tournament. Most important, she’s a relationship builder. Villanova has won more NCAA tournament games as a lower seed than any school. She was named this season’s Colonial Athletic Association women’s coach of the year after leading the Dragons to a share of the CAA regular-season title and a top seed in the canceled CAA tournament. We ask that you consider turning off your ad blocker so we can deliver you the best experience possible while you are here. Jerold Taylor "Jay" Wright Jr. (born December 24, 1961) is an American college basketball coach. 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. The official Facebook page of Villanova Women's Basketball, competing in the NCAA Division I BIG EAST Conference. Coach Jay Wright of Villanova. 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. 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, Pa. (AP) — Villanova hired former star Denise Dillon as its new women’s basketball coach Friday. VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) — Villanova hired former star Denise Dillon as its new women's basketball coach Friday. Of course, Dillon returns to Villanova at the same time Connecticut returns to the Big East. 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. The former Villanova Wildcat is returning home. 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 … HIGHLIGHTS * The game was the first meeting between Drexel head coach Amy Mallon and Villanova head coach Denise Dillon. 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. Villanova women’s basketball coach Denise Dillon’s coaching staff was announced. She is a 5-11, high level, 3-star guard who plays for Moorestown Friend’s high school in Moorestown, New Jersey. Dillon, a 1996 Villanova graduate, played under head coach Harry Perretta, and is now filling the position that he held for 42 seasons. She scored 2,408 points, breaking Villanova's all-time record for women and men. The search spanned the country, but the result was local. He’d find ways to keep them fresh so they would be hungry about coming to practice as the days dwindled to … by Damichael Cole, Posted: December 3, 2020 . “There is only one place I would have left Drexel for," Dillon said. Villanova has named Denise Dillon as their new women’s basketball head coach. 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. April 26, 2020 – Villanova women’s basketball coach Denise Dillon’s coaching staff was announced. Welcome to the first edition of this season’s City Six women’s basketball notebook. But Pennefather did have the most beautiful shooting touch in all of women's basketball. 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. We know her very well. Leading the assignment are Daniel Parker, vice president and managing director, and Hayden Garrett, principal. Dillon is a member of the Class of ’96 playing for Perretta during her time at Nova. 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. 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 will stay at Villanova through 2020-21 in an administrative role, serving as Special Assistant to the Athletic Director. Atlanta-based Parker Executive Search has been enlisted by Villanova University to assist in its search for a new women’s head basketball coach. The search spanned the country, but the result was local. “There’s two sides to the story. Bailey Greenberg provided four years of something special at Drexel | Mike Jensen, Harry Perretta, suddenly retired, won’t retire from being Harry Perretta | Mike Jensen, A storybook finale for Harry Perretta on Sunday at Villanova | Mike Jensen, Villanova’s remaining schedule includes 16 Big East games, the conference announces, Caleb Daniels was in the right spots as Villanova’s offense scorches Georgetown | Mike Jensen, No. Denise Dillon, shown here coaching Drexel, is in her first season at Villanova. Click here to contact the Villanova Athletic Fund staff if you are interested in learning more about making a planned gift in support of Villanova Women's Basketball. Dillon compiled a 329-204 (.617) record in 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. 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. He compiled a 168-173 mark during his tenure and a berth in the NCAA Tournament. 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. Leading the assignment are Daniel Parker, vice president and managing director, and Hayden Garrett, principal. 315 talking about this. 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. Villanova welcomes the Drexel Dragons to the Finneran Pavilion on Sunday afternoon for a non conference contest. by Joe Juliano , Posted: October 16, 2020 . The Wildcats enter player with a 5-0 record, while Drexel is 2-0 on the season. 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. He came to the Main Line in 1996 and was elevated to his current position in 1998-99. Villanova hired former star Denise Dillon as its new women's basketball coach Friday. “You want to be a national contender," Dillon said. Villanova Wildcats women's basketball. VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) - Villanova hired former star Denise Dillon as its new women’s basketball coach Friday. The use of software that blocks ads hinders our ability to serve you the content you came here to enjoy. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. Villanova head coach Rollie Massimino during a 1983 game. Denise Dillon ’96, a Villanova Varsity Club Hall of Fame inductee with 17 years of Division I head coaching experience,Continue Reading → Villanova Basketball’s Monday Musings: Texas Sized Victory Sophomore Studs, Slow and Steady, and ESPN Love. Dillon was named the fifth head coach in program history on March 25, 2020. Dillon mentioned learning about strategy and situations and, maybe most of all, about relationships from Perretta. “Talk about a wrinkle," Dillon said. “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. Drexel has had sort of a head coach-in-waiting for quite some time. 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. He rattled off some of Dillon’s achievements. Duke had just two women's basketball coaches in the past 28 years -- four more years than the WNBA has even been around. The Villanova Wildcats women's basketball team represents Villanova University in Villanova, Pennsylvania, United States. That said, Dillon made clear that Villanova players should expect to up the defensive intensity. Villanova has named Denise Dillon as their new women’s basketball head coach. Dillon played at Villanova for Harry Perretta, who retired after 42 seasons as Villanova’s head coach. And of course, we can’t talk about departures from the Villanova women’s basketball program without discussing Harry Perretta. 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. Coach: Denise Dillon, entering her first season on the sideline at Villanova, but 18th as a Division 1 head coach. 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. Of goals, and whether the bar has been set for women’s basketball by the national titles won by the men’s team, Dillon didn’t back away from that. 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 … A Big 5 hall of famer from her own Villanova days, Dillon is a former Cardinal O’Hara star. The Villanova Wildcats women's basketball team are coached by Harry Perretta, now serving his 34th year as head coach of the team. Villanova Varsity Club Hall of Fame Induction 2019, 100 Seasons of Villanova Men's Basketball, Inside Villanova Basketball with Jay Wright. * The game was the first meeting between Drexel head coach Amy Mallon and Villanova head coach Denise Dillon. 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 Villanova Wildcats women's basketball team are coached by Harry Perretta, now serving his 34th year as head coach of the team. Villanova has hired former Wildcats player Denise Dillon, the coach at fellow Philadelphia school Drexel, to replace Harry Perretta as women's basketball coach. “Besides the numbers, she is a wonderful leader and even a better person,” he said. 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… Mallon said her philosophy will start with defense – “I feel like that’s the thing everyone is always rewarded for.”. Bella Runyan adds impact talent to the Villanova women’s basketball program. 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. Of Mallon, Zillmer said, “She’s been ‘interviewing’ for the job for 16 years. Her style of play was heavily influenced by his coaching. She takes over for a legend. VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) - Villanova hired former star Denise Dillon as its new women’s basketball coach Friday. 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. At the end of the day, I think I realized that she’s a competitor.”. 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. She doesn’t just replace her old coach. Drexel had been above .500 once in the dozen years before she got there. 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. 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 The 2020-21 women’s college basketball season is still early and fluid. “Villanova is that place.”. CHARLES FOX / Staff Photographer . VILLANOVA, Pa. (CBS) — The year was 1978. 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. 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