July 20, 2024
Dunleavy Named General Manager of Villanova Basketball

VILLANOVA, Pa. – Villanova Vice President and Director of Athletics Mark Jackson introduced now the generation of a new placement, General Supervisor of Basketball, and named former Wildcats’ Associate Head Mentor Baker Dunleavy to fill that function effective straight away.
The Basic Supervisor will help William B. Finneran Endowed Men’s Head Coach Kyle Neptune and Women’s Head Coach Denise Dillon in controlling a myriad of responsibilities that effect the two plans, which include alternatives and education close to Title, Graphic and Likeness the transfer portal student-athlete brand name-making and advertising and marketing and advancing institutional fundraising in partnership with College Development. The Basic Manager will report specifically to the Vice President and Director of Athletics.
“The spectacular alterations in school basketball in excess of the earlier quite a few many years have introduced new issues and pressured us to collectively think in different ways,” said Jackson. “I believe that the generation of the GM role, particularly with Baker at the helm, positions Villanova nicely competitively for the long term. It will make it possible for Villanova to be even much more forward-contemplating and carry an innovative and seasoned perspective to the ever-evolving college basketball landscape. Most of all, Baker is a excellent man or woman and a great Villanovan. We’re thrilled to welcome him, Chrissi and their four daughters again to Villanova.”
Dunleavy, a 2006 Villanova University of Organization graduate, served on the Wildcats’ team from 2010-17 prior to accepting the placement as Head Coach at Quinnipiac University. In excess of the previous six seasons, he guided the Bobcats to 86 victories, totaling double-digit victories in 5 of those people seasons, including a 20-12 mark in 2022-23. He served as the Affiliate Head Coach in 2016 when Villanova received its next NCAA national championship.
“We are in a new era of college basketball,” mentioned Villanova Head Women’s Basketball Mentor Denise Dillon. “To provide anyone in with Baker’s knowledge, experience, and connections to oversee this essential place is a massive plus for our system. It’s a proactive transfer that will allow for us to continue to tremendously improve the pupil-athlete expertise at Villanova.” 
“This is this kind of an critical addition to our application,” said William B. Finneran Endowed Head Men’s Basketball Mentor Kyle Neptune. “The basketball planet we live in now seems to be vastly unique than it did even a couple yrs ago. Baker has navigated that environment as a head coach and this encounter, coupled with longstanding ties to the NBA, will be an priceless source for our employees relocating forward. I glimpse forward to partnering with him in this new purpose.”

“We could not be more fired up for our spouse and children to return to Villanova for this outstanding new opportunity,” mentioned Dunleavy. “As college or university athletics have advanced in the earlier few years, they have brought alongside variations absent from the court docket that impact every application. I cannot wait around to begin performing with our pupil-athletes, coaches, and the total Nova Nation to develop upon the custom and brand name of Villanova Men’s and Women’s Basketball.”