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DeChellis leaves Penn State for head coaching job at Navy

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Two months after leading the Nittany Lions to their first NCAA Tournament appearance in nine years, Penn State head basketball coach Ed DeChellis is leaving Happy Valley for the head coaching job at the Naval Academy.

ANNAPOLIS, Md.--Naval Academy Director of Athletics Chet Gladchuk announced Monday that Penn State head coach Ed DeChellis is leaving his post at Happy Valley to become the 19th head basketball coach at the Naval Academy.

DeChellis, who is 52, led Penn State to a 19-15 record and a fourth place finish (9-9) in the Big Ten in 2010-11, including the Nittany Lions first appearance in the Big Ten Championship Game and the school's first trip to the NCAA Tournament since 2001. He was the 2009 Big Ten Coach of the Year.

"I'm thrilled and honored to be the next head basketball coach at the United States Naval Academy," said DeChellis. "My wife and girls are excited to be a part of the Navy family and this is the perfect opportunity for me because I believe in the core values of the Academy... I look forward to meeting the players and talking to the recruits and starting the process of getting Navy Basketball back on the national stage."

DeChellis's 2010-11 Nittany Lions squad were led by senior guard Talor Battle, who finished second in the Big Ten in scoring (20.2 ppg) and became the first player in school history to be named team MVP all four years.

Two years earlier, DeChellis became just the second Penn State basketball coach to ever earn coach-of-the-year honors when the 2008-09—with three sophomore starters—won a school-record 27 games and the program's first-ever national tournament title in winning the 2009 NIT. Along the way Penn State tied a program record for regular season wins (21), posted its second-most Big Ten Conference wins (10) and second-best finish (4th) ever, recorded just the 10th 20-win season in program history, knocked off four Top 25 teams (including a road win at eventual NCAA runner-up Michigan State), set a record for home wins (17) and posted the program's most road wins (6) in the Big Ten era.

"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," said Gladchuk. "Ed's maturity, integrity, character and accomplishments at Penn State have made him one of the most respected role models in the coaching ranks. His career is all about building programs with educational priorities in place, including graduating every senior that has ever played for him, and in the end achieving team goals that resonate with competing for championships. Ed will make a positive and impactful impression on Navy Basketball in short order."

DeChellis began his coaching career in Happy Valley, serving as a graduate assistant coach under Dick Harter and Bruce Parkhill. In 1984, he moved on to Salem College in Salem, West Virginia, where he had a two-year stint as an assistant coach.

In 1986, DeChellis returned to Penn State and began a very successful 10-year run as an assistant coach for nine years under Bruce Parkhill, a mentor to whom he credits his development as a coach, and one season under Jerry Dunn. During his time as a Nittany Lion assistant, Penn State made the transition to the Big Ten Conference and had some outstanding post-season success. DeChellis helped guide Penn State to four straight post-season appearances from 1989 through 1992. During that four-year span of 20+ win seasons, Penn State posted an impressive 87-40 record.

He left Penn State to run his own program as the head coach at East Tennessee State University. At ETSU he turned a last place Buccaneer team into a three-time conference division winner, a conference tournament champion and took ETSU to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in a decade.

He returned to Penn State when Dunn was fired in 2003.

"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 Penn State athletic director Tim Curley. “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."

DeChellis, who has a career record of 222-232 at two programs he had to completely rebuild and who has seen every senior that has played for him over his 15 years as a head coach graduate, is a 1982 graduate of Penn State. He and his wife Kim have three daughters: Casey, Erin, and Lauren.

“We fell in love with Annapolis and the Academy when we came and visited and we look forward to being part of a place so steeped in tradition,” said DeChellis. “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.”

Curley said Penn State will begin “a national search for new leadership for the Nittany Lion basketball program.”

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