Spring has become the silly season in college basketball, with more and more players seeming to transfer every year. While Penn State has not experienced any player defections to date this spring, Pat Chambers is seeing a shake-up of his coaching staff.
Associate head coach Brian Daly (above, far right), who first joined Chambers as an assistant at Boston University in 2009 and then followed him to PSU in 2011, is moving on. Penn State issued a brief press release indicating Daly wanted to spend more time with his family.
A suburban Philadelphia native who played his college ball at St. Joe's, Daly had been living in State College on his own while his wife and three children remained in Philly.
I have valued my time at Penn State and wish the program nothing but the best moving forward, Daly said. I have been away from my family for the last few years and as my children are getting older and our oldest son is entering his senior year, I want to be in Philadelphia with them.
I want to thank Brian for his four years at Penn State and all that he has done for our program, Chambers said. We wish him the very best as he pursues other professional opportunities in the Philadelphia area. Our program is built around family and nothing is more important than one's own. I know he is looking forward to being with his wife Tracie and three children again.
Along with fellow Philadelphia-area native Chambers, Daly helped Penn State establish a much-needed recruiting beachhead in the City of Brotherly Love. Before D.J. Newbill transferred into the program in 2011, PSU had not landed a player from the city since 1984.
Last year's roster included three players from Philadelphia and a Chester native (Shep Garner) who played at Roman Catholic High in the city. Philadelphia center Mike Watkins will be joining the program this summer and Roman Catholic wing Nazeer Bostick has committed to PSU for its Class of 2016.
On the court, however, Daly's area of focus did not meet with particularly successful results. He worked primarily with the big men, who have been an Achilles heel for the program under Chambers. Last season, PSU's five pure post players combined to average 13.3 points per game.
Since Chambers arrived, no pure post player has averaged more than 8.5 points per game. Ross Travis did that in 2013-14, then saw his scoring average dip to 5.5 points last season.