May 6, 2013
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. -- Current Navy men's basketball head coach Ed DeChellis was inducted into the East Tennessee State University (ETSU) Athletics Hall of Fame on Sunday night after a stellar coaching career with the Bucs in the late 90s, early 2000s.
The ETSU Department of Intercollegiate Athletics honored six Buccaneers greats Sunday evening at the Millennium Center during the ETSU Athletics Hall of Fame Ceremony presented by Johnson City Honda.
The 2013 inductees into the ETSU Athletics Hall of Fame included standouts such as basketball All-American Keith "Mister" Jennings, football standout and current Atlanta Falcons' head coach Mike Smith, former men's basketball head coach Ed DeChellis, 1992 Southern Conference player of the year in women's tennis Kim Toohey (Reid), distance running standout and four-time Southern Conference cross country champion Seamus Power, and longtime ETSU public address announcer Norm Davis.
"This was a great opportunity to celebrate ETSU athletics, while also recognizing these special Buccaneers that have enjoyed so much success both during their time on campus and in their professional lives after college," said ETSU Interim Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Dr. Richard Sander. "These six inductees strove for excellence and they stand as examples to our current student-athletes."
Ed DeChellis - Men's Basketball Head Coach, 1996-2003
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DeChellis came to ETSU in 1996 and spent the next seven seasons rebuilding the proud tradition of Buccaneer basketball. Taking a team that had been depleted prior to his arrival, DeChellis ultimately led the Buccaneers to Southern Conference North Division titles in 2001, 2002 and 2003, with the Bucs collecting the SoCon Tournament title and NCAA Tournament berth in 2003. DeChellis ended his time at ETSU with a 53 percent winning percentage and collected 105 victories. He was named SoCon Coach of the Year in 2001 and 2002. He went on to lead Penn State to the 2009 NIT national championship and was named Big Ten Coach of the Year that same season. He is currently the head coach at the U.S. Naval Academy.