July 1, 2013
VILLANOVA, Pa. - Villanova University head women's basketball coach Harry Perretta was recently inducted into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame Delaware County Chapter. The hall of fame banquet was held on Sunday, June 23, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Wilmington, Delaware.
During his 35-year Villanova career, Perretta has guided the Wildcats to a 638-404 record, 10 NCAA Tournament appearances, six WNIT berths, national rankings in the Associated Press poll, Big East regular season and tournament championships in both 1985-86 and 1986-87, the 2003 Big East Tournament title, nine outright and four shared Big 5 titles, and fifteen 20-win or better seasons. In addition, one of his players, Shelly Pennefather, was recognized in 1987 as the nation's top women's basketball player, winning the Margaret Wade Trophy and earning Kodak All-America honors.
This past season, Perretta led his team to a 21-11 overall record, a 9-7 Big East Conference mark and a 4-0 Philadelphia Big Five record. His team earned an at large bid to the NCAA Tournament as a No. 9 seed. In addition, Perretta and the Wildcats won their second consecutive Big Five championship.
On Nov. 12, 2011, Perretta earned his 600th career victory with a 76-47 victory at Iona. By reaching this milestone, he became the 35th coach in the history of women's basketball at any level to reach the 600-win plateau, including the 22nd Division I coach to accomplish the feat. He is also just the seventh Division I coach to win 600 games at one school. Also, during the 2011-12 campaign, Perretta coached in his 1,000th career game, becoming just the seventh coach in the history of NCAA women's basketball at any level to coach 1,000 games at the same school.