Saturday, November 12, 2011

Harry Perretta wins his 600th game

My father graduated from Villanova in 1979. Earlier that year, Harry Perretta was just completing his first season as the head coach for the Villanova women's basketball team, a job that he began when he was a 22 year old recent college graduate, and women's basketball women's basketball wasn't even an NCAA sport.

Fast forward 33 seasons, and Perretta earned his 600th career victory when his team beat Iona 76-47 earlier today. That's a remarkable achievement for anyone, but especially for a coach in an extremely difficult conference at a school that can't pay fans to go to women's games. 

I'm not much of a fan of the women's game, but I am a fan of anything Villanova, and Harry Perretta has given as much of his life to Villanova as anybody else, and he deserves the respect of any Villanova fan for the tremendous work he does.

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