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Dianne Nolan

Gloucester, N.J.

Head Coach

Alma Mater:
Glassboro State, 1973

Dianne  Nolan


Nolan Announces Retirement from Lafayette

Nolan ends five-year run as women's basketball head coach at Lafayette


Lafayette Heads to American for PL Quarters

The Leopards play top-seeded American at 7 p.m. on Friday night


House on the Hill: An Outside Inside Game

By Featured Columnist Mandy Housenick


Homan, O'Hare Claim All-League Status

Lafayette's two leading scorers named to the All-Patriot League team


Lafayette Opens PL Tournament Versus Loyola

The Leopards take on the Greyhounds in a Patriot League Tournament First Round game on Wednesday night


The men's and women's basketball squad preview the quartefinal round of the Patriot League Tournament

The men's and women's basketball squad preview the quartefinal round of the Patriot League Tournament


Lafayette vs. Colgate

Lafayette vs. Colgate


Lafayette WBB at Lehigh

Lafayette women's basketball at Lehigh (1/25/14)


Lafayette vs. Boston University

Photos by Rick Smith


Lafayette vs. Bucknell

Photos by Lafayette Athletic Communications


Lafayette at Louisville

Photos by Tim Sofranko

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Dianne Nolan enters her fifth season on the sidelines as the head coach of the Lafayette Leopards. Nolan, who owns 37 seasons of head coaching experience, boasts a career record of 561-492, which ranks her in the top 40 in victories among active Division I head coaches.

During Nolan's fourth campaign, the Leopards improved to 14-16 overall and 8-10 in Patriot League play, improving on an 11-19 overall and 4-10 mark in League play from the 2012-13 season. Emily Homan '15 was named to the All-Patriot League Second Team and was the only junior selected the the Academic All-League team. Nolan was also named to the 2014 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Honor Class. In her third season, the team finished with an 11-19 record, andJamie O'Hare '16 earned Patriot League All-Rookie honors at the conclusion of the 2012-13 season.

The Leopards posted an 8-22 mark in Nolan's second campaign while introducing several promising newcomers to the collegiate game. Homan was named Patriot League Rookie of the Year after leading all freshmen in points, rebounds, blocked shots and free throw percentage during league play. The 2011-12 Leopards also established a new program and Patriot League record with 188 blocked shots. The club ranked second in the nation, trailing only eventual national champion Baylor, with 6.3 rejections per game.

In her first season on the sidelines at Kirby Sports Center, Nolan led the Leopards to an 11-19 record - a five-win improvement from the previous season - while dramatically increasing the excitement surrounding the program on College Hill. Nolan coached a pair of All-Patriot League players: second-team honoree LaKeisha Wright '11 and Patriot League All-Rookie Team member Danielle Fiacco '14.

Prior to taking the helm at Lafayette, Nolan spent three seasons as an assistant at Yale University, including her final campaign in 2009-10 as the associate head coach and recruiting coordinator. Nolan headed the recruiting effort that assembled much of the 2010-11 Bulldogs' team that advanced to the WNIT, Yale's first-ever appearance in a national postseason tournament.

In 28 years as the head coach at Fairfield University, she accumulated a program-record 456 wins and led the Stags to four NCAA Tournament appearances. Nolan's teams won three Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Championships, and she earned MAAC Coach of the Year honors on five occasions. With Fairfield's 69-53 victory at Rider on Jan., 29, 2006, Nolan became the 28th coach in Division I history with 500 career wins.

Nolan took over the Fairfield program in 1979, and oversaw its transition to the Division I level in 1981. Her 28-year tenure is among the longest head coaching reigns at one school in NCAA Division I women's basketball history.

Under her watch, the Stags captured four NCAA Tournament berths and a spot in the 2000 WNIT. Fairfield won three MAAC regular season crowns and three MAAC Tournament championships.

Nolan's first two Division I Fairfield teams each won 18 games before her 1983-84 team posted a 22-6 record. That was the first of six 20-win seasons, including three 25-win campaigns. Her 1999-2000 and 2000-01 teams each won 25 games, earned back-to-back at-large postseason appearances and posted a combined 50-14 record during that span. The 1999-2000 team played Wisconsin in the WNIT, and her 2000-01 squad received just the second at-large NCAA Tournament bid in MAAC history.

Her first conference crown came in 1988, when the Stags knocked off La Salle, 55-50, in the MAAC Championship Game before falling to St. John's in the NCAA Tournament. The Stags returned to the NCAA Tournament as MAAC champions in 1991 and 1998.

In addition to her five MAAC Coach of the Year honors, Nolan was also named the Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association Coach of the Year in 2001 and earned New England Coach of the Year laurels in 1984.

Perhaps her most impressive achievement at Fairfield is that that every senior she coached with the Stags graduated on time. Many of her former players have gone on to successful coaching careers, including Bucknell head coach Kathy Fedorjaka and Quinnipiac head coach Tricia Fabbri.

Prior to her run at Fairfield, Nolan was the head coach at St. Francis College in Brooklyn Heights, N.Y. from 1974-79. She ranks second on the Terriers' all-time wins list with 61.

Nolan earned a bachelor's degree in Health and Physical Education from Glassboro State University (now Rowan University), where she was a four-sport student-athlete, in 1973. She earned a master's degree in Physical Education from West Virginia University in 1974 and a second master's degree in Political and Corporate Communication from Fairfield University in 1989.

Nolan is a member of the Connecticut Women's Basketball Hall of Fame, as well as the Halls of Fame at both of her previous head coaching stops and her alma mater. In 2008, she was inducted into the Camden (N.J.) County Sports Hall of Fame.

Nolan has been married to Mark Breslin for 30 years and the couple has three sons: Zach and twins John and Andrew.