Ed DeChellis

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Ed DeChellis
Ed DeChellis Navy photo.jpg
Sport(s) Basketball
Current position
Title Head coach
Team Navy
Conference Patriot
Record 81–128 (.388)
Biographical details
Born (1958-11-14) November 14, 1958 (age 59)
Monaca, Pennsylvania
Alma mater Penn State
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1982–1984 Penn State (asst.)
1984–1986 Salem International (asst.)
1986–1996 Penn State (asst.)
1996–2003 East Tennessee State
2003–2011 Penn State
2011–present Navy
Head coaching record
Overall 300–359 (.455)
Accomplishments and honors
SoCon Tournament championship (2003)
SoCon regular season championship (2001, 2002)
NIT championship (2009)
Big Ten Coach of the Year (2009)
SoCon Coach of the Year (2001)

Edward Richard DeChellis (born November 14, 1958) is an American college basketball coach and current head men's basketball coach at the United States Naval Academy. Previously he was the head coach at Penn State from 2003-2011 and at East Tennessee State from 1996-2003. At Penn State, DeChellis led the Nittany Lions to an NIT Title in 2009 and a NCAA Tournament berth in 2011. DeChellis' years at East Tennessee State yielded three conference division titles and one NCAA Tournament berth. He was named the head coach at Navy in 2011, following the departure of Billy Lange.

DeChellis received the 2009 Big Ten Coach of the Year award and 2006 National Coaches vs. Cancer Man of the Year. He was born in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania suburb of Monaca and has three daughters with his wife Kim.[1]


DeChellis was the head coach of the East Tennessee State University Men’s Basketball program from 1996 to 2003, winning three Southern Conference north division titles (2000–03). Prior to joining East Tennessee State, DeChellis served as an assistant coach at Salem College (WV) and Penn State University.

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 2005–06. During this time, DeChellis recruited Geary Claxton and Jamelle Cornley to PSU.

Despite DeChellis' widely critiqued decision to release promising sophomore Milos Bogetic from his scholarship,[2] the 2007–08 Nittany Lions 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, equaling 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.[3] DeChellis was named Big Ten Coach of the Year.[3] The Nittany Lions went on to win the 2009 National Invitation Tournament (NIT), the first national tournament title in Penn State Men's Basketball history.[4]

In the 2010-2011 season, DeChellis' Nittany Lions earned a spot in the NCAA Tournament, the school's first since 2000-2001. The 10th-seeded Lions fell in the opening round to the 7th-seed Temple Owls.

On May 23, 2011, it was announced that DeChellis would leave Penn State to become the head coach at Navy.[5]

DeChellis holds a bachelor's degree from Penn State University.[1]

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
East Tennessee State Buccaneers (Southern Conference) (1996–2003)
1996–97 East Tennessee State 7–20 2–12 5th (North)
1997–98 East Tennessee State 11–16 6–9 T–4th
1998–99 East Tennessee State 17–11 9–7 T–3rd (North)
1999–00 East Tennessee State 14–15 8–8 4th (North)
2000–01 East Tennessee State 18–10 13–3 1st (North)
2001–02 East Tennessee State 18–10 11–5 T–1st (North)
2002–03 East Tennessee State 20–11 11–5 T–1st (North) NCAA First Round
East Tennessee State: 105–93 (.530) 60–49 (.550)
Penn State Nittany Lions (Big Ten Conference) (2003–2011)
2003–04 Penn State 9–19 3–13 T–10th
2004–05 Penn State 7–23 1–15 11th
2005–06 Penn State 15–15 6–10 T–8th NIT Opening Round
2006–07 Penn State 11–19 2–14 T–10th
2007–08 Penn State 15–16 7–11 7th
2008–09 Penn State 27–11 10–8 T–4th NIT Champions
2009–10 Penn State 11–20 3–15 11th
2010–11 Penn State 19–15 9–9 T-4th NCAA Second Round
Penn State: 114–138 (.452) 41–95 (.301)
Navy Midshipmen (Patriot League) (2011–present)
2011–12 Navy 3–26 0–14 8th
2012–13 Navy 8–23 2–12 8th
2013–14 Navy 9–21 4–14 10th
2014–15 Navy 13–19 8–10 T–6th
2015–16 Navy 19–14 9–9 T–4th
2016–17 Navy 16–16 10–8 4th
2017–18 Navy 13–9 4–5
Navy: 81–128 (.388) 37–73 (.336)
Total: 300–359 (.455)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion


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