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