VILLANOVA, Pa. (CBS) — Once sports do return, a different face will be on the sidelines for the Villanova women’s basketball team. After 42 years, Harry Perretta has retired. A familiar face will take his place.
Life has come full circle for Denise Dillon. After 16 seasons as head women’s basketball coach at Drexel University, she’s now returning to her alma mater as Villanova’s head coach.READ MORE: Some Students At Mitchell Elementary School Not Fed School Breakfast, Lunch Due To Staff Shortages
Dillon is replacing Perretta, her former coach and a basketball legend.
“It is quite surreal, in many aspects. One, coming back to Villanova in this capacity, having the opportunity to have played there, get my degree, a tremendous experience. And to be an assistant for four years under Harry and learn so much,” she said.
Men’s basketball coach Jay Wright had some great advice for her.
“He said you just have to remain patient. You obviously know what you’re doing. It was great, it was heartfelt,” she said.READ MORE: Atlantic City To Receive $50,000 State Grant To Help With Plan For New Use Of Former Trump Plaza Casino
And how do you recruit in a time like this?
“It’s certainly reinventing yourself in this whole profession and world we’re living in,” she said.
The hardest part for Dillon is not being able to get on campus.
“A combination of Drexel, not feeling like you closed that door because I haven’t been able to get my stuff from the office there. And then starting at Villanova, it will be, at some point I’ll be there on campus, in the office, on the court with the team, but that’s been tough,” she said.MORE NEWS: Kensington Drug Boss, Ricardo Carrion, Convicted On Several Drug Trafficking Charges
So, for now, Dillon is like the rest of us is adapting to the new normal.