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Penn State Nittany Lions
Penn State Nittany Lions athletic logo

University The Pennsylvania State University
Conference Big Ten
Location University Park, PA
Head coach Ed DeChellis (7th year)
Arena Bryce Jordan Center
(Capacity: 15,261)
Nickname Nittany Lions
Student section Nittany Nation
Colors Blue and White

             

Uniforms
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Home jersey
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Team colours
Home
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Away jersey
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Away
NCAA Tournament Final Four
1954
NCAA Tournament Elite Eight
1942
NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen
1952, 1955, 2001
NCAA Tournament appearances
1942, 1952, 1954, 1955, 1965, 1991, 1996, 2001
Conference tournament champions
1991 (Atlantic 10)
Conference regular season champions
1977 (Eastern 8)

The Penn State Nittany Lions men's basketball team is a NCAA Division I college basketball team representing the Pennsylvania State University. They are a member of the Big Ten Conference and play home games at the 15,261-seat Bryce Jordan Center, moving there from boisterous Rec Hall during the 1995–96 season. Their student cheering section is known as Nittany Nation.

The program has eight NCAA tournament appearances with its best finish coming in 1954, reaching the Final Four. Its most recent appearance was in 2001, when the team defeated #2-seeded North Carolina to reach the Sweet Sixteen. The program also has 10 appearances in the National Invitation Tournament, with the most recent being in 2009, when they beat Baylor to win the NIT championship.

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Current coaching staff

Position Name Year Alma mater
Head coach Ed DeChellis 2003 Penn State (1982)
Assistant coach Kurt Kanaskie 2003 La Salle (1980)
Assistant coach Lewis Preston 2008 VMI (1993)
Assistant coach Dan Earl 2005 Penn State (1997)
Director of basketball operations Jon Perry 2004 ETSU (2002)
Athletic trainer Jon Salazer 2001 Penn State (1993)
Video coordinator DJ Black 2008 Penn State (2006)
Strength and conditioning coach Brad Pantall 2006 Penn State (1996)

Graduate Assistant // Kyle Gifford // 2009 // Pennsylvania State University/Penn State

Coaching history

Coach Years Seasons Record Pct. Cnf. Record Pct. Cnf. Titles Nat. Titles
No coach 1897-1912, 1917-1918 16 4-7 .364 0
J.F. Haddow 1912-1914 2 16-7 .696 0
J.F. Park 1914-1915 1 10-3 .769 0
Burke M. "Dutch" Hermann 1915-1917, 1919-32 15 148-73 .670 0
Hugo Bezdek 1918-19 1 11-2 .846 0
Earl "Spike" Leslie 1932-36 4 29-28 .509 0
John Lawther 1936-49 13 150-93 .617 0
Elmer Gross 1949-54 5 80-40 .667 0
John Egli 1954-68 14 187-135 .581 0
Johnny Bach 1968-78 10 122-121 .502 0
Dick Harter 1978-83 5 79-61 .564 0
Bruce Parkhill 1983-95 12 181-169 .517 0
Jerry Dunn 1995-2003 8 117-121 .492 44-86 .338 0
Ed DeChellis 2003-present 6 81-103 .440 29-71 .290 0
Totals 1897-present 112 1215-963 73-157 0

Postseason appearances by year

Year Coach Tournament
1942 John Lawther NCAA (Elite Eight)
1952 Elmer Gross NCAA
1954 Elmer Gross NCAA (Final Four)
1955 John Egli NCAA
1965 John Egli NCAA
1966 John Egli NIT
1980 Dick Harter NIT
1989 Bruce Parkhill NIT
1990 Bruce Parkhill NIT
1991 Bruce Parkhill NCAA
1992 Bruce Parkhill NIT
1996 Jerry Dunn NCAA
1998 Jerry Dunn NIT
2000 Jerry Dunn NIT
2001 Jerry Dunn NCAA (Sweet Sixteen)
2006 Ed DeChellis NIT
2009 Ed DeChellis Won NIT

NBA draft

Year Name Team
1947
John Rusinko
Baltimore Bullets
1953
Herman Sledzik
Baltimore Bullets
1955
Jesse Arnelle
Fort Wayne Pistons
1965
Bob Weiss
Philadelphia 76ers
1966
Carver Clinton
Philadelphia 76ers
1974
Ron Brown
Boston Celtics
1981
Frank Brickowski
New York Knicks
1983
Mike Lang
New York Knicks
1984
Dick Mumma
Los Angeles Clippers
1995
John Amaechi*
Cleveland Cavaliers
1999
Calvin Booth
Washington Wizards

* Undrafted but signed with the team.

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