DeChellis leaves Penn State to become Navy's head coach
Annapolis, MD (Sports Network) - After guiding Penn State to the program's first NCAA Tournament appearance in a decade, Ed DeChellis has left the Nittany Lions to become the head men's basketball coach at Navy.
"To have one of the most highly respected coaches and educators in the sport join our Navy family is a great day for the program and the Academy," Navy athletic director Chet Gladchuk said. "Ed's maturity, integrity, character and accomplishments at Penn State have made him one of the most respected role models in the coaching ranks."
Penn State posted a 19-15 record last season, which included its first berth in the Big Ten Championship Game. The Nittany Lions lost to Temple in the second round of the NCAA tourney.
"I'm thrilled and honored to be the next head basketball coach at the United States Naval Academy," said the 52-year-old DeChellis, who replaces Billy Lange after the latter stepped down earlier this month. "I look forward to the challenge of not only winning the Patriot League championship and taking Navy back to the NCAA Tournament, but also helping young men become future leaders of this great nation of ours."
DeChellis has an overall coaching record of 222-232 at East Tennessee State (1996-2003) and Penn State (2003-11).
"On behalf of the Penn State and State College communities, I would like to offer my sincere appreciation to Ed DeChellis and his staff for their efforts with the men's basketball program the past eight years," said PSU athletic director Tim Curley in a statement issued Monday afternoon.
"Ed and his staff built a strong foundation for the program and then were able to see all their tireless efforts result in winning the 2009 NIT Championship and advancing to the Big Ten Tournament championship game and the NCAA Tournament this past season."
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