Ed DeChellis Leaves Penn State for Navy. Really?


The Patriot-News of Harrisburg was the first to report Penn State Nittany Lions Coach Ed DeChellis is leaving Happy Valley for the vacant college basketball coaching position at the Naval Academy. A media conference is scheduled shortly from now Monday evening. It will be DeChellis’ first  public comment on the matter.

It’s quite surprising, since DeChellis just led his alma mater’s to their first NCAA bid in a decade. The Nittany Lions lost to Temple, 66-64, in their first tourney game.

DeChellis’ eight-year run at Penn State includes the 2009 NIT championship, which tied the school record for wins. He was rewarded with a three-extension that ran until 2014. It’s definitely a step down in profile, and perhaps in salary as well; an open records request in 2009 showed DeChellis made more than $642,000.

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