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GCHS Alum Dianne Nolan, former Gloucester City Resident,Receives Joe Lapchick Character Award

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Former Fairfield University Women's Basketball Head Coach Dianne Nolan was one of four recipients of the Joe Lapchick Character Award given annually to individuals who demonstrated Lapchick-like characteristics. Among those values are commitment to excellence, integrity, inspiration, leadership, legendary, courage, trustworthiness, and confidence.

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Nolan was an instrumental figure in the development of the Fairfield Women's Basketball program. She led the Stags for 28 years, including the program's transition to the Division I stage. During her Fairfield career, she amassed 456 victories, including three Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Championships and four NCAA Tournament appearances.
 
She was a five-time MAAC Coach of the Year and mentored 28 All-MAAC First Team selections as well as 12 future Fairfield Athletics Hall of Famers.
 
In her career, Nolan compiled 575 victories, which rank in the top-50 all-time in Division I. She was inducted into the Fairfield Hall of Fame in 2001, and her 456 victories rank her third in Fairfield history in any sport.
 
She has also been inducted into the Connecticut Women's Basketball Hall of Fame and the Camden N.J. County Sports Hall of Fame.
 
Nolan is one of four recipients for the 2024 Joe Lapchick Character Award joining: Jim Larranaga, Lon Kruger, and Fran Dunphy. The four award winners will be honored at a special luncheon on Sept. 20 at the New York Athletic Club in NYC.

In 2007 Nolan was inducted into the South Jersey Basketball Hall of Fame.  The year before she became just the 28th coach in NCAA history to win her 500th game.

(Fairfield University press release)

Here is an excerpt from a CNBNews article that was published in 2007.

Fairfield women's basketball Head Coach Dianne Nolan accomplished something Sunday that was 27 years in the making: 

Nolan, a native of Gloucester City in southern New Jersey, is the first coach at Fairfield in any sport to achieve 500 wins. Following the game, she was surrounded at center court by her parents, her husband, her sons, and her team.

"I have been real blessed that they have been able to share every part of my career," Nolan said. "They are all a part of it. I have a great support system. That's how it all works having a family and this kind of job."

Growing up in "God's country," Nolan was surrounded by basketball from the beginning. Her mother was the girls' basketball coach for 36 years at Gloucester Catholic  High School. Her brother was a standout high school player who went on to play at Temple University in nearby Philadelphia.

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