Penn State hoops coach DeChellis undergoes surgery
State College, PA (Sports Network) – Penn State men’s basketball head coach Ed
DeChellis underwent successful minor bladder surgery.
DeChellis, who is entering his second season as head coach of the Nittany
Lions, was brought into Mount Nittany Medical Center on Friday after
experiencing some discomfort.
The surgery will keep DeChellis away from the sidelines for the upcoming Big
Ten Foreign Tour Team after it was advised that he not travel. Penn State
assistant coach Kurt Kanaskie will guide the team in DeChellis’ absence. The
club leaves for Europe on Tuesday.
The touring squad will play a five-game schedule in France and Italy and will
return to the United States on August 20.
The 45-year-old DeChellis, who graduated from Penn State in 1982, guided the
Nittany Lions to a 9-19 record and a 3-13 mark in Big Ten play last year.
DeChellis, who was an assistant at PSU from 1986-96, had a seven-year stint as
the head coach of East Tennessee State prior to re-joining the Nittany Lions
last season. He guided the Buccaneers to an overall record of 105-93 and also
led them to the 2002-03 NCAA Tournament.