Denise Dillon will serve as a court coach for the 2022 USA U18 National Team trials after finishing her second season as the head coach at Villanova. As a court coach, Dillon will assist the USA U18 National Team coaching staff with on-court drills and scrimmages during the May 31-June 4 trials.
Dillon took the head coaching role for the Wildcats in 2020, replacing long-time coach Harry Perretta. Through her first two years, the Wildcats recorded a 41-16 overall record, with Dillon’s 2021-22 campaign resulting in an NCAA Tournament berth and Big East Coach of the Year recognition.
Dillon has collected five conference coach of the year awards throughout her head coaching experiences. Before Villanova, Dillon was with the Drexel Dragons for 17 years (2004-20), where she was named the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Coach of the Year in 2005, 2009, 2018 and 2020.
Dillon compiled a 329-204 (.617) record in her 17 years at Drexel and guided the program to a 96-35 record over her final four years with the team, advancing to national postseason play in each of those final four seasons. Throughout her tenure, her teams claimed four CAA titles and played in five conference tournament championship games.
Over her 19 seasons as a head coach, Dillon has produced five winners of the CAA's prestigious Dean Ehlers Leadership Award, while Drexel forward Nicole Hester was the recipient of the John Randolph Inspiration Award and the Philadelphia Sports Writers Association's Most Courageous Award.