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Harry Perretta named Co-Big East Coach of the Year

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He’ll be sharing the award with Marquette head coach Carolyn Kieger.

Eugene Rapay-VU Hoops

With a 22-win season for the Villanova Wildcats, head coach Harry Perretta was given a share of the Big East Coach of the Year Award. This is the fourth time in his 40-year tenure at Villanova that received the honor.

It is the sixth-straight 20-win season for the Lady ‘Cats. Perretta shared the award with Marquette’s Carolyn Kieger.

On top of Coach Perretta being awarded on Wednesday, his players Mary Gedaka and Alex Louin were both recognized today, with some all-conference accolades and a major individual award.

Perretta has made a name for himself at Villanova as the long-time women’s basketball coach. When he was initially hired at the age of 22, he became the youngest coach to ever head a women’s varsity program that the university had ever seen.

Now in his 40th season, he is currently 745-461 all-time at Villanova and ranks 17th in wins for the Division I collegiate coaching list. He is also the winningest coach in men’s or women’s basketball at Villanova.

He led the Lady ‘Cats to a 22-7 regular season record, and a 12-6 mark in league play. Their record was good enough to grant them the third-seed in the Big East Tournament.

Now, Perretta is determined to lead the Wildcats to even greater success in this year’s Big East Tournament in the Windy City. The Wildcats will take on sixth-seeded Georgetown to open up things on Sunday, March 4. Tip-off is scheduled for 9:30 p.m. ET.