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Lynn Tighe
Lynn  Tighe

Senior Associate AD/SWA

Email/Phone: (610) 519-4121


Villanova Athletics Unveils Leadership Institute

Group offers student-athletes a path to becoming leaders

Email: Phone: (610) 519-4121



Lynn Tighe is in her 19th season at Villanova, and currently is a Senior Associate Athletic Director and the Senior Woman Administrator. In her role, Tighe manages the personnel function for the Athletic Department and serves as the liaison with key campus offices, including Human Resources, Admissions, Residence Life and Dining Services. She returned to her alma mater in November 1998 as an Assistant Athletic Director and has since earned two promotions to her current capacity.

IN addition to being the Deputy Title IX Coordinator for the University, Tighe led the recent review of the Athletics gender equity position that included representatives from around the University. She also contributed to the development and launch of the Leadership Institute for Wildcats student-athletes. Tighe is the Villanova sport administrator for 14 teams, and oversees all matters associated with her designated sports. She has also served on the NCAA Division I Women’s Soccer Committee and the NCAA Women’s Basketball Issues Committee, in addition to serving on various campus-wide committees as well as BIG EAST Conference committees.

Prior to her current stint on the Main Line, Tighe served as the Director of Game Operations and Special Events for the American Basketball League’s Philadelphia Rage from 1997-98. As director, Tighe was responsible for planning, coordinating and implementing all day of game operations and special events. She was also the Director of Merchandising, and created and directed the Merchandising Department.

Tighe is a 1987 graduate of Villanova, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics. She was a four-year member of the Wildcats women’s basketball team and ranks second in program history in career assists. Tighe was the starting point guard for three seasons and helped lead the team to BIG EAST Championship titles and NCAA Tournament appearances in 1986 and 1987. Tighe was inducted to the Villanova University Varsity Club Hall of Fame in November 1998 and to the Philadelphia Big 5 Hall of Fame in January 1998.

Tighe returned to Villanova in 1987 as an assistant women’s basketball coach for head coach Harry Perretta, a position she maintained until 1989. From 1989-91, she served as a volunteer assistant coach for the Wildcats. Tighe is single and resides in Newtown Square, Pa.