ETSU Hall of Fame: DeChellis built a champion the hard way
Ed DeChellis turned the ETSU men's basketball program around when he was named head coach in 1996.
Ed DeChellis turned the ETSU men's basketball program around when he was named head coach in 1996.

Friday, May 03, 2013

Editor's note: The following Johnson City Press story is the fourth in a series of six daily features profiling the 2013 ETSU Athletics Hall of Fame class, leading up to the induction ceremony Sunday at the Millennium Center in Johnson City. The event will begin at 5:30 p.m., and tickets may be purchased by calling 423-439-4343. ETSUBucs.com is providing an excerpt from each day's story courtesy of the Johnson City Press.

 

By KELLY HODGE

Press Managing Sports Editor

 

Ed DeChellis knew he wasn’t the people’s choice when he took the East Tennessee State basketball job in 1996.

Seven years later, when he returned to Penn State as the head coach at his alma mater, there weren’t many ETSU fans that wanted to see him go.

DeChellis will be back in town this weekend for induction into the university’s Athletics Hall of Fame. The six-member Class of 2013 will be honored in ceremonies Sunday night at the Millennium Center.

“It’s very humbling. I was shocked and surprised, to be quite honest, when Dave Mullins told me,” DeChellis said this week from Annapolis, Md., where he’s now the head coach at the Naval Academy. “I look forward to seeing everybody there this weekend.”

DeChellis came on the scene at ETSU after the resignation of Alan LeForce, a popular coach who had been with the program for 11 years and four NCAA tournament appearances. It was a difficult transition.

 

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