Veronica Mullen is in her third season as the Director of Basketball Operations for Marquette women’s basketball in 2021-22.
Mullen joined head coach Megan Duffy from Miami, where she held the same role for two seasons with the Redhawks. A vital member of Duffy’s staff, Mullen will use her veteran leadership to help oversee the program specialist and video coordinator positions. She will also manage the budget, team travel, youth camps, game day set-up, player housing, as well as facilitate relationships around marketing and ticketing. Mullen will work closely with Duffy on the entire development of student-athletes with team building and transitional programs.
While at Miami, Mullen was part of a staff that produced two consecutive 20-win seasons for the first time since the 1980’s and earned two WNIT berths, while reaching the MAC Tournament semifinals in both years that Duffy served as head coach. The Redhawks had five All-MAC performers in those two seasons and the 44-20 record marked the winningest active record in the MAC.
Prior to moving to Oxford, Mullen was a familiar face in the BIG EAST as she served for nine seasons as the director of basketball operations for the St. John's women's basketball team.
With St. John's, Mullen never missed a trip to the postseason, which included six appearances in the NCAA Tournament and the program's first-ever Sweet 16 appearance in 2012. In 2016, the Red Storm won the BIG EAST Championship, its first since 1988. Mullen also part in the Women Leaders in College Sports Institute of Administrative Advancement, a leadership development program for women in intercollegiate athletics administration.
Mullen's other accomplishments while at St. Johns include being the speaker at the 2017 "A Step Up" Symposium on mental health. In 2014, she created Athletic Community Wednesday, a service project for all 17 sports at the institution. Her efforts led to two community service awards for the Red Storm. In 2014-15, she was the recipient of the BIG EAST SWA Professional Development Grant, which is a program to benefit women and ethnic minority coaches and administrators at member institutions for professional growth and development and in 2013, Mullen was tabbed a BIG EAST Woman of Distinction.
Mullen went to St. John's after spending the prior two seasons as an assistant coach at Caldwell College, where her responsibilities included recruiting, game planning, scouting and working with the guards. She made an immediate impact in a short time at Caldwell, helping improve the team's record from 10-17 in her first season to a 17-10 finish in her second season.
Mullen also spent one season as the junior varsity/assistant varsity coach for Northern Valley Demarest High.
A former player under Kim Barnes Arico at Adelphi University, Mullen was a two-year starter at guard for the Panthers from 2000-02. She was named the team's most valuable player as a junior after averaging 13.8 points per game. Mullen then helped the Panthers win their first New York Collegiate Athletic Conference title and advance to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament during her senior year. She also was a member of the volleyball team at Adelphi. Before transferring to Adelphi in 2000, Mullen was a two-year starter at New Jersey Institute of Technology.
In 2014, Mullen's Adelphi 2001-02 squad was honored with the Team Legacy Award at the school's Hall of Fame Induction. In 2015, Mullen once again found herself recognized by an alma mater, getting inducted in the Ridgefield Park Jr./Sr. High School Hall of Fame.
A native of Ridgefield Park, N.J., Mullen earned a bachelor's degree in physical education from Adelphi, where she is now a Panther Club executive board member, in 2003 and a master's degree in health sciences from New Jersey City University in 2007. In May of 2013 Mullen completed a second master's degree in administration and supervision at St. John's University. Mullen has also completed her certification as a sports psychology coach, doing so in June of 2016.
Mullen is a member of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association, as well as the Association for Applied Sport Psychology.