PHILADELPHIA – Drexel Athletics Director Eric Zillmer has announced that Denise Dillon, the Dragons’ head women’s basketball coach, has agreed to a multi-year contract extension which will keep her at the school through 2020. Full terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Dillon, who recently completed her tenth season at the helm of the Drexel women’s basketball program, has guided the team to unprecedented heights. The Dragons are coming off a 28-win season in 2012-13, setting a new program record for victories. They captured the 2013 Women’s National Invitation Tournament championship with a 46-43 victory over Utah on April 6, making Drexel the first Division I women’s basketball team in Philadelphia history to claim a postseason tournament title.
“We are thrilled to announce that Denise will remain a Dragon for many years to come,” Zillmer remarked. “Under her leadership, Drexel women’s basketball has risen to prominence on a national level. Their run to a WNIT championship not only brought an immense sense of pride to our campus community, but also showed the collegiate sports world what it means to be a Dragon.”
“Denise has led our women’s basketball team on an incredible run over the past few years, capped off by this year’s historic WNIT victory,” said Jim Tucker, Senior Vice President for Student Life and Administrative Services. “I’m pleased that she will be staying with the Dragons and confident that she will continue to do great things with this talented team.”
Sitting at 179 victories, Dillon stands as Drexel’s all-time winningest Division I women’s basketball coach. Over the past five years, she has guided the Dragons to the postseason each year, including a 2009 CAA championship and NCAA Tournament berth and the WNIT in each of the following four seasons. Drexel won its first-ever postseason game under Dillon in the first round of the 2012 WNIT, following that with its run to the championship in 2013.
The Broomall, Pa. native has won two CAA Coach of the Year Awards, once in 2005 and again in 2009. She is one of just five coaches in CAA history to win 100 regular season league games, and has led the Dragons to six consecutive winning seasons. Dillon was a standout during her playing days at Villanova, and is a member of the Philadelphia Big Five, Delaware County Athletics and Villanova Athletics Halls of Fame.