Denise Dillon

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This article is about the basketball coach. For the actress, see Denny Dillon.

Denise Dillon is the head women's basketball coach at Drexel and is the program's most successful coach since it moved to Division I in 1982-83. She has been at the helm of the Dragons program since 2003, and was named the 2004 and 2009 CAA Coach of the Year.

Dillon guided the Dragons to the 2009 CAA Championship and a berth in that year's NCAA Tournament. The star of that team was Gabriela Mărginean, a junior at the time who would go on to become the all-time scoring leader in the history of Philadelphia area collegiate women's basketball. Following that championship season, Dillon steered the Dragons to four-consecutive WNIT appearances,the program's first-ever postseason victory in the 2012 WNIT over Fairfield, and the 2013 WNIT championship.

From 1993 to 1996, she was a star basketball player at Villanova University. She earned three All Big-East honors at Villanova. She became just the 12th player in school history to score 1,000 points. She later served as an assistant on the Wildcats basketball team from 1997 to 2001. For her playing career, Dillon was enshrined in the Philadelphia Big 5 Hall of Fame, the Villanova Wildcats Hall of Fame, and her native Delaware County, Pennsylvania Athletics Hall of Fame.

Head Coaching Record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Drexel (Colonial Athletic Association) (2003–present)
2003-2004 Drexel 10-18 7-11 T-7th
2004-2005 Drexel 19-10 12-6 3rd
2005-2006 Drexel 15-14 9-9 T-6th
2006-2007 Drexel 10-21 4-14 9th
2007-2008 Drexel 18-12 13-5 T-3rd
2008-2009 Drexel 24-9 16-2 1st NCAA 1st Round
2009-2010 Drexel 17-14 11-7 T-4th WNIT First Round
2010-2011 Drexel 19-13 10-8 T-5th WNIT First Round
2011-2012 Drexel 19-14 12-6 3rd WNIT Second Round
2012-2013 Drexel 28-10 13-5 T-4th WNIT Champions
2013-2014 Drexel 15-16 9-7 4th
2014-2015 Drexel 20-9 14-4 2nd
Drexel: 214–160 (.572) 130–84 (.607)
Total: 214–160 (.572)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion


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