Dianne Nolan

Hometown:
Gloucester, N.J.

Position:
Head Coach

Experience:
Third Season

Alma Mater:
Glassboro State, 1973

Dianne Nolan

03/05/2014

Women's Hoops Opens Tournament at American

Lafayette takes on American in Patriot League Tournament Quarterfinals

02/25/2014

Leopards Host Colgate in Think Pink Game

Lafayette tips off against Colgate at 7 p.m.

02/21/2014

Nolan Named to 2014 MAAC Honor Roll Class

Nolan recorded 456 wins during her 28-year tenure at Fairfield

02/21/2014

Women's Basketball Renews Rivalry At Lehigh

Lafayette visits Lehigh Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

02/18/2014

Leopards Host Holy Cross Wednesday Night

Lafayette looks to move to 8-7 in league play

02/28/2012

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

03/01/2014

Women's Basketball vs. Army

Women's Basketball Senior Day

02/19/2014

Women's Basketball vs. Holy Cross

Lafayette vs. Holy Cross

02/08/2014

Women's Basketball vs. Boston U.

Lafayette vs. Boston U.

02/05/2014

Women's Basketball vs. Bucknell

Lafayette vs. Bucknell

02/01/2014

Women's Basketball at Navy

Photos Courtesy of Kenya Allen

Contact Coach Nolan
E-Mail: noland@lafayette.edu
Office: (610) 330-5329

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2011-12 was the second season for Dianne Nolan as head coach of the Lafayette women's basketball program. Nolan, who owns 35 seasons of head coaching experience, boasts a career record of 536-457, which ranks her 22nd in victories among active Division I head coaches.

The Leopards posted an 8-22 mark in Nolan's second campaign while introducing several promising newcomers to the collegiate game. Emily Homan '15 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 (25) and 23-year-old twins John and Andrew.

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