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Episode 101: Harry Perretta, Unscoutable Zone and 5-Out Man Offense
Episode 10125th March 2020 • The Basketball Podcast • Chris Oliver
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Harry Perretta, Unscoutable Zone and 5-out Man Offense

Guest: Harry Perretta, Villanova Women's Basketball Head Coach

In this week’s basketball coaching conversation, long time Villanova women's basketball head coach Harry Perretta joins the Basketball Podcast to discuss his unscoutable zone, and 5-out man offense.

Perretta just completed his 42nd, and final season, as head coach of the Villanova women's basketball program, Harry Perretta established himself as one of the most respected and knowledgeable coaches in the country. His 42nd and final season at Villanova tied him with Yvonne Kaufmann, who coached at NCAA Division III Elizabethtown from 1971 to 2012, for the most seasons as head coach at a single school in NCAA women's basketball history

Perretta is the all-time winningest coach in the history of Villanova basketball, for both men and women. In 2017-18 Perretta led the Wildcats to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. This marked the program’s 11th all-time trip to the NCAA Tournament and it was the team’s sixth consecutive 20-win season. It was also Perretta’s 20th, 20-win season of his career. He currently ranks ninth on the winningest active Division I coaches list and 13th all-time with a 746-463 career record. The 746 victories rank him as the all-time winningest coach in the history of Villanova basketball for both men and women.


1:00 - Staying at one school

3:00 - Developing his basketball system

4:00 - Freedom and Responsibilities

8:00 - Best Flasher

10:00 - Messy is a Part of Learning

12:00 - Adapting Different Zone Defense

15:00 - Adapting his offense system to his players

17:00 - Shot Selection and Playing person behind his own

18:30 - Flasher and the Normal Cutter

22:00 - Playmaker and the Flasher

24:00 - Things that can disrupted in his experience

26:00 - Cutting the space on spots

28:00 - Difficulties about the 1-3-1 Offense

29:00 - Number System

32:00 - Basketball knowledge supersedes the number

34:30 - Changing numbers

35:30 - Things that disrupted 5-and-0 Defense

37:30 - Reading the Plays

39:00 - Double Gap Creation

40:30 - Hunt Specific Matchups

42:00 - I wish I knew more

43:00 - Learnings while dealing with his Players

44:00 - Conclusion

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