Harry F. Perretta Jr. (born July 22, 1955) is the head coach of the women's basketball team at Villanova University. When he was hired in 1978 at the age of 22, he became the youngest coach to ever head a women's varsity program at Villanova.
|Born||July 22, 1955|
Upper Darby, Pennsylvania
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|Head coaching record|
|Accomplishments and honors|
|Big East Coach of the Year Award (1996)|
Philadelphia Big 5 Coach of the Year (1995, 1996, 2001, 2003, 2004)
At the time that Perretta interviewed for the position of head coach, he was one of 65 applicants. He had been out of college only two months at the time, which initially prompted Villanova to drop him from serious consideration. However, Dutch Burch, the head coach at Lycoming College, sent in a letter of recommendation to Villanova—Perretta had suffered a career-ending injury to his ankle while a freshman at Lycoming, and Burch persuaded Perretta to become a student assistant coach. Perretta also coached the junior varsity team for two years. Burch's letter helped persuade Villanova to give Perretta a chance.
The school made it to the Final Four of the 1982 AIAW Tournament, the last year that tournament was held.
Peretta announced on October 30, 2019 that he would retire at the end of the 2019–20 season. At the time, he had been dealing with health issues for several years. His 42nd and final season at Villanova ties him with Yvonne Kaufmann, who coached at NCAA Division III Elizabethtown from 1971 to 2012, for the most seasons as head coach at a single school in NCAA women's basketball history (including seasons in which women's sports were governed by the AIAW).
Awards and honors
- 1995—Philadelphia Big 5 Coach of the Year
- 1996—Big East Coach of the Year
- 1996—Philadelphia Big 5 Coach of the Year
- 2001—Philadelphia Big 5 Coach of the Year
- 2003—Philadelphia Big 5 Coach of the Year
- 2004—Philadelphia Big 5 Coach of the Year
- 2007—Lycoming Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007
- 2011—Philadelphia Sports Writers Association Special Achievement Award
- Special Achievement – Charlie Manuel (Phillies manager)
Head coaching record
|Villanova Wildcats (Atlantic 10 Conference) (1978–1980)|
|Villanova Wildcats (Big East (original)) (1980–2013)|
|1985-86||Villanova||23-8||12-4||t2nd||NCAA Second Round|
|1986-87||Villanova||27-4||15-1||1st||NCAA First round|
|1987-88||Villanova||20-9||11-5||2nd||NCAA First round|
|1988-89||Villanova||18-12||11-5||2nd||NCAA First round|
|2000-01||Villanova||22-9||11-5||t4th||NCAA Second Round|
|2001-02||Villanova||20-11||12-4||t3rd||NCAA Second Round|
|2002-03||Villanova||28-6||12-4||t3rd||NCAA Elite Eight|
|2003-04||Villanova||23-7||12-4||t2nd||NCAA Second Round|
|2008-09||Villanova||19-14||12-4||t4th||NCAA First round|
|2012-13||Villanova||21–11||9–7||t6th||NCAA First round|
|Villanova:||601–391 (.606)||268–228 (.540)|
|Villanova Wildcats (Big East (current)) (2014–present)|
|2013-14||Villanova||23–9||12–6||t3rd||WNIT Second Round|
|2015-16||Villanova||20–12||12–6||3rd||WNIT Second Round|
|2017-18||Villanova||23–9||12–6||3rd||NCAA Second Round|
|2018–19||Villanova||19–13||9–9||T-4th||WNIT Second Round|
|Villanova:||127–69 (.648)||68–40 (.630)|
Postseason invitational champion
- "Women's Basketball Coaches Career". NCAA. Retrieved 23 Sep 2015.
- "Harry Perretta". Villanova Athletics. Retrieved 5 May 2013.
- Blaum, Gene (February 8, 1988). "The Other Villanova Basketball Coach". Philly.com. Retrieved 6 May 2013.
- "CNNSI Recap of 1982 Tournament". Retrieved 2013-05-05.
- "Villanova 2011-12 Women's Basketball Guide". Villanova Athletics. Retrieved 5 May 2013.
- "Villanova's Harry Perretta says he'll retire at end of season". ESPN.com. Associated Press. October 30, 2019. Retrieved November 1, 2019.
- "Big East Media Guide". Big East. Retrieved 5 May 2013.
- "Harry Perretta Class of 1978 Induction Class of 2007". Lycoming College. Retrieved 5 May 2013.
- "Charlie Manuel, Cheryl Reeve among PSWA award-winners". Philadelphia Sports Writers Association. January 13, 2012. Retrieved 2012-04-29.