3/27/2020 – Amy Mallon was named as the new head coach for the Drexel women’s basketball team. Mallon will become the sixth coach for the program since becoming a Division I member.
“I am honored to be the next women’s basketball coach at Drexel University,” said Mallon. “Drexel has been my home for the last 16 years and I cannot wait to get started as the next leader of the program. I was fortunate to work alongside Denise Dillon to build something special and I am eager to take the reigns. As a staff we worked hard to build a nationally recognized program. I am excited for Denise and even more excited to continue our winning ways at Drexel.”
Mallon was an assistant to former coach Denise Dillon, who was named the new coach at Villanova University. During the 16 years that Dillon and Mallon were on the bench the Dragons recorded seven 20-win seasons, and won three regular-season CAA titles. In 2015 Drexel won the WNIT Championship.
This past season Drexel posted a 16 – 2 record, shared the conference title, and were the top-seed in the CAA Tournament, which was not played. During the season the Dragons won thirteen straight games.
Mallon preached defense as a coach. This past season Drexel was ranked 17th in scoring defense giving up 55.4 points per game over 30 contests.
Much like her predecessor Mallon took a local route along her way. She transferred to Saint Joseph’s from Richmond as a senior in the 1992-93 campaign. Mallon averaged a double-double leading the Hawks to a 21 – 8 record and a Big Five championship and was the player of the year. Saint Joe’s claimed the Atlantic 10 crown that season.
Mallon began her coaching career as the head coach at Rosemont College for the 1994-95 season. One year later she was an assistant under Harry Perretta at Villanova before moving along to Saint Joseph’s the next year.
After a stint as the baksetball coach and AD at Episcopal Academy, she joined Dillon at Drexel in 2007. Now, Mallon moves into the head coaches chair.
Drexel will play Villanova next season. It will be a defensive battle.
Written By: Glenn Papazian