April 26, 2020 – Villanova women’s basketball coach Denise Dillon’s coaching staff was announced. Perretta will stay at Villanova through 2020-21 in an administrative role, serving as Special Assistant to the Athletic Director. 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. “There’s two sides to the story. The school's team currently competes in the Big East, where it has competed since the 1982–83 season. 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. 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. Villanova has won more NCAA tournament games as a lower seed than any school. 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. We ask that you consider turning off your ad blocker so we can deliver you the best experience possible while you are here. That said, Dillon made clear that Villanova players should expect to up the defensive intensity. Villanova women's basketball is in great hands under Denise's leadership." There will be two newcomers on the main line as Michelle Baker and Mary Wooley join the staff. And of course, we can’t talk about departures from the Villanova women’s basketball program without discussing Harry Perretta. “You want to be a national contender," Dillon said. 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. The former Villanova Wildcat is returning home. Dillon mentioned learning about strategy and situations and, maybe most of all, about relationships from Perretta. He compiled a 168-173 mark during his tenure and a berth in the NCAA Tournament. He rattled off some of Dillon’s achievements. The Villanova Wildcats women's basketball team represents Villanova University in Villanova, Pennsylvania, United States. VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) - Villanova hired former star Denise Dillon as its new women’s basketball coach Friday. Drexel had been above .500 once in the dozen years before she got there. 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. He’d find ways to keep them fresh so they would be hungry about coming to practice as the days dwindled to … “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. We feel like we can continue our program.”. 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. “There is only one place I would have left Drexel for," Dillon said. VILLANOVA, PA. – Villanova University head women's basketball coach Denise Dillon today announced her 2020-21 coaching staff. Villanova has named Denise Dillon as their new women’s basketball head coach. 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 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. CHARLES FOX / Staff Photographer . Coach: Denise Dillon, entering her first season on the sideline at Villanova, but 18th as a Division 1 head coach. Bella Runyan adds impact talent to the Villanova women’s basketball program. Dillon was named the fifth head coach in program history on March 25, 2020. … ". Jerold Taylor "Jay" Wright Jr. (born December 24, 1961) is an American college basketball coach. HIGHLIGHTS * The game was the first meeting between Drexel head coach Amy Mallon and Villanova head coach Denise Dillon. Perretta was Villanova’s coach before there was a Big East or Big 5 City Series women’s play. Shanette Lee enters her 21st year as an assistant coach for the Wildcats in 2019-20. by Damichael Cole, Posted: December 3, 2020 . 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. ELIZABETH ROBERTSON / Staff Photographer . 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. At the end of the day, I think I realized that she’s a competitor.”. 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. AP file photo . “Talk about a wrinkle," Dillon said. Most important, she’s a relationship builder. Her style of play was heavily influenced by his coaching. Villanova hired former star Denise Dillon as its new women's basketball coach Friday. … Certainly as a basketball strategist, her approach, I learned a lot about that. Drexel has had sort of a head coach-in-waiting for quite some time. A Big 5 hall of famer from her own Villanova days, Dillon is a former Cardinal O’Hara star. Women’s City Six Notebook: Familiar coaches Denise Dillon and Amy Mallon set to duel for first time at the Pavilion . “This is where I want to be," Mallon said. 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. 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 came to the Main Line in 1996 and was elevated to his current position in 1998-99. The official Women's Basketball page for the Villanova University Wildcats 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. Denise Dillon ’96, a Villanova Varsity Club Hall of Fame inductee with 17 years of Division I head coaching experience,Continue Reading → VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) — Villanova hired former star Denise Dillon as its new women’s basketball coach Friday. Of Mallon, Zillmer said, “She’s been ‘interviewing’ for the job for 16 years. 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. We’re grateful she’s accepted the job.”, Zillmer noted that Mallon had been a defensive specialist as assistant coach. 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. 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 coached Drexel from 2003-20 while Mallon was an assistant coach (2004-06) and longtime associate head coach (2007-20) on Dillon's staff. She takes over for a legend. 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. The use of software that blocks ads hinders our ability to serve you the content you came here to enjoy. 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. She’d been head coach at Rosemont College and Episcopal Academy, and an assistant at both St. Joe’s and Villanova. Villanova has named Denise Dillon as their new women’s basketball head coach. 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. 315 talking about this. The former Villanova Wildcat is returning home. The 2020-21 women’s college basketball season is still early and fluid. Villanova has hired former Wildcats player Denise Dillon, the coach at fellow Philadelphia school Drexel, to replace Harry Perretta as women's basketball coach. The search spanned the country, but the result was local. Denise Dillon, shown here coaching Drexel, is in her first season at Villanova. Dillon played at Villanova for Harry Perretta, who retired after 42 seasons as Villanova’s head coach. We know her very well. Mary F. Calvert for ESPN 1y Elizabeth Merrill “Villanova is that place.”. VILLANOVA, Pa. (CBS) — The year was 1978. The Wildcats enter player with a 5-0 record, while Drexel is 2-0 on the season. 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. When he was hired at the age of 22, he became the youngest coach to ever head a women's varsity program at Villanova. She built up a record of 329-204 at Drexel over the past 17 seasons. When Perretta started at Villanova back in 1978, head women's basketball coach was a part-time job. Villanova has hired former Wildcats player Denise Dillon, the coach at fellow Philadelphia school Drexel, to replace Harry Perretta as women's basketball coach. 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. Perretta was Villanova’s coach before there was a Big East or Big 5 City Series women’s play. But Pennefather did have the most beautiful shooting touch in all of women's basketball. Villanova Basketball’s Monday Musings: Texas Sized Victory Sophomore Studs, Slow and Steady, and ESPN Love. 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. Dillon, a 1996 Villanova graduate, played under head coach Harry Perretta, and is now filling the position that he held for 42 seasons. * The game was the first meeting between Drexel head coach Amy Mallon and Villanova head coach Denise Dillon. 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. 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 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. Women’s City Six notebook: Villanova’s Maddy Siegrist picks up where she left off, and players are emerging for La Salle and Drexel . Leading the assignment are Daniel Parker, vice president and managing director, and Hayden Garrett, principal. 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. by Damichael Cole, Posted: December 11, 2020 . State of the Nova Nation: V’s Up, Horns Down! Villanova Varsity Club Hall of Fame Induction 2019, 100 Seasons of Villanova Men's Basketball, Inside Villanova Basketball with Jay Wright. To have one of my former players take over the program is something that makes me extremely proud. 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. 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 Tip-off is set for 1 p.m. Mallon said her philosophy will start with defense – “I feel like that’s the thing everyone is always rewarded for.”. Dillon is a member of the Class of ’96 playing for Perretta during her time at Nova. 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. A national search for a women’s basketball coach at Villanova has concluded with naming Denise Dillon as the successor to Harry Perretta. The search spanned the country, but the result was local. 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