"We are very excited about the significant progress our mens basketball program has made under Coach DeChellis and are thrilled that he will continue to lead the program into the future," Curley said. Ed and his staff have brought tremendous work ethic, passion and energy to the program and the Penn State basketball community. This past season was very special. All the time and hard work by Ed and his team resulted in many outstanding victories and program firsts, capped by the NIT Championship in front of thousands of enthusiastic Penn State fans in Madison Square Garden.
Ed and his staff have built a great foundation for continued success on the court, in the community and in the graduation of our basketball student-athletes for years to come, and I am excited about the direction and leadership Ed is providing to the program, Curley added.
The 2008-09 campaign was a season of firsts for the Nittany Lion program. Selected the 2009 Big Ten Coach of the Year, DeChellis led Penn State to a school-record 27 victories, culminating in the 2009 NIT championship, the programs first-ever national post-season tournament title. The Nittany Lions (27-11) earned four victories over RPI Top 25 opponents and seven wins over Top 50 teams, including their first-ever victory at Michigan State, the NCAA Tournament runner-up.
"I appreciate the commitment and enthusiasm for the mens basketball program that the Penn State administration and Tim have shown," DeChellis said. "We are proud of what we have accomplished thus far and are focused on more goals ahead. Im excited about the players and coaches we have and the facility improvements we have made over the last few years. We have a program that will continue to be nationally competitive and fun and exciting to watch."