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Ed DeChellis

Title Head coach
College Penn State
Sport Basketball
Team record 95-123 (.436)
Born November 14, 1958 (1958-11-14) (age 51)
Place of birth Monaca, Pennsylvania, United States
Career highlights
Overall 200-216
SoCon Tournament Championship (2003)
SoCon Reg. Season Championship (2001, 2002)
NIT Championship (2009)
Big Ten Coach of the Year (2009)
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Penn State (asst.)
Salem International (asst.)
Penn State (asst.)
East Tennessee State
Penn State

Edward Richard DeChellis (born November 14, 1958), is the current head men's basketball coach at Penn State University. Prior to coaching the Nittany Lions, Ed was the head coach at East Tennessee State from 1996-2003. DeChellis's years at East Tennessee State yielded three conference division titles and one NCAA Tournament berth. He was named the head coach at Penn State in 2003, following the departure of Jerry Dunn.

Ed was awarded the 2006 National Coaches vs. Cancer Man of the Year. He was born in the Pittsburgh suburb of Monaca, Pennsylvania.



In 2003, DeChellis inherited a Penn State team that had gone 7-21 the previous two seasons. In his first two seasons, Penn State won 9 and 7 games, respectively, before finishing 15-15 in 2005-2006. During this time, DeChellis recruited Geary Claxton and Jamelle Cornley to PSU, players which many fans saw as a significant talent upgrade for the program.

In 2007-08, Penn State entertained hopes of being a dark-horse contender in the Big Ten and possibly even winning enough games to get into the NCAA Tournament. Those hopes were quickly disintegrated when senior forward Geary Claxton went down with an anterior cruciate ligament injury in January. The Lions were plagued with more injuries, when junior forward Jamelle Cornley battled a bruised knee all season. The Lions went 15-16 in the 2007-08 season in a team that started four freshman in the end. Highlights included upset wins over top-10 ranked Michigan State and top-20 ranked Indiana.

DeChellis led the Lions to a 21-10 regular season in 2008-09, equalling the Penn State record for regular-season wins. The Nittany Lions were 10-8 in the Big Ten, the most for Penn State since 1995-96.[1] DeChellis was named Big Ten Coach of the Year.[1] The Nittany Lions went on to win the 2009 National Invitation Tournament (NIT).[2]

In 2009-2010, Penn State returned all Big Ten guard Talor Battle. In spite of returning Battle and the prior year's success, the 2009-2010 squad has started 0-12 in the Big Ten conference, the worst start in Big Ten play since Penn State joined the league in the early 1990s.

Head coaching record

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
East Tennessee State (Southern Conference) (1996–2003)
1996–1997 East Tennessee State 7–20 2–12 5th (North)
1997–1998 East Tennessee State 11–16 6–9 T–4th
1998–1999 East Tennessee State 17–11 9–7 T–3rd (North)
1999–2000 East Tennessee State 14–15 8–8 4th (North)
2000–2001 East Tennessee State 18–10 13–3 1st (North)
2001–2002 East Tennessee State 18–10 11–5 T–1st (North)
2002–2003 East Tennessee State 20–11 11–5 T–1st (North) NCAA First Round
East Tennessee State: 105–93 60–49
Penn State (Big Ten Conference) (2003–present)
2003–2004 Penn State 9–19 3–14 T-10th
2004–2005 Penn State 7–23 1–16 11th
2005–2006 Penn State 15–15 7–11 T–8th NIT Opening Round
2006–2007 Penn State 11–19 2–15 T–10th
2007–2008 Penn State 15–16 7–12 7th
2008–2009 Penn State 27-11 11-9 T-4th NIT Champions
2009–2010 Penn State 11-20 3-16 11th
Penn State: 95–123 34–93
Total: 200–216

      National Champion         Conference Regular Season Champion         Conference Tournament Champion
      Conference Regular Season & Conference Tournament Champion       Conference Division Champion


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Preceded by
Jerry Dunn
Penn State Nittany Lions men's basketball Coach
2003 - Present
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Matt Painter
Big Ten Coach of the Year Award
Succeeded by


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