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Ex-Mount Hebron star an up-and-coming college hoops assistant

Alumni Report

February 26, 2010|By Katherine Dunn | katherine.dunn@baltsun.com

When she's not coaching or on the road speaking at summer camps, Mallon continues to play summer ball in Philadelphia and plays lunchtime games a couple days a week at Drexel.

"It's hard for me not to play," Mallon said. "I wouldn't say I practice with the kids as much anymore, but every now and then Denise and [I] will do a game of our offense and we'll beat the kids. A lot of why we beat the kids now is because of experience. I don't play as much as I used to."

It's not just "the kids" she can beat. Stromberg, the St. Paul's coach, laughs when he talks about her getting on the court with him and some of his friends a couple years ago.

"I played on an outdoor court. It's all men. She showed up to play, and they're like, 'Oh, geez. There's a girl here. You have to take her on your team.' I'm like, 'I got no problem doing that.' We won like five games straight, because nobody would play her and she's really competitive."

While Mallon has played at every level, including with Ireland's national team at the European championships in 2001, she could still move up in the coaching ranks.

Last year, she turned down the head coaching job at Pennsylvania, preferring to stay at Drexel, where she said she was happy, saw more to accomplish and enjoyed her rapport with Dillon. However, if the right head coaching position opened, she said, she would take it.

"That's something I aspire to be," Mallon said. "If I didn't want to be a head coach, I don't think I would be a strong assistant coach. If you're a head coach, you want people who aspire to be head coaches in that position, because they'll work hard for you. You want them to work hard and not be complacent, but at the same time I'm very happy. It may sound picky, but for me, if you're happy, that can make up for a lot of other things."

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