May 23, 2011
“It’s a big loss for the Big Ten and a big gain for Navy. He has done a phenomenal job at Penn State, which can be a difficult place to recruit. He will bring incredible expertise, class, charisma and integrity. He is the perfect fit for the Naval Academy.”
Tom Izzo, head men’s basketball coach at Michigan State
“It’s a home run hire by Navy. He’s at the perfect age and experience level as a head coach to understand the challenges that the Naval Academy presents yet deal with them in a very mature way. He will put a great product on the floor and there is no doubt that Navy will contend for the Patriot League Championship. He’s an outstanding X’s and O’s coach and he will run great offensive sets, which is what you have to do at the Naval Academy. I couldn’t be happier with this decision.”
Doug Wojcik, head men’s basketball coach at Tulsa, former assistant at Navy and starting point guard on Navy’s 1986 Elite Eight basketball team
“Ed is one of the hardest working guys in the profession. He’s done a heck of a job at Penn State and he’s a heck of a coach. He’s an old school coach like me. He likes to teach and develop players and he isn’t one of those coaches that beats on his chest and says look at me. He’s a very good coach and a very good teacher. He’s a great addition to what’s going on there at the Naval Academy and I think he will flourish in that role.”
Bo Ryan, head men’s basketball coach at Wisconsin
"I'm very happy for Ed and his family. He has been a good friend for the last 10 years. Selfishly, I'm glad that he's no longer in our conference because our teams didn't have a whole lot of success against him. His teams have freedom on the offensive end and they are strong rebounders. I know that he'll do a tremendous job in Annapolis."
Bill Carmody, head men’s basketball coach at Northwestern
“I think Ed DeChellis did remarkable work at Penn State. It’s one of the toughest jobs in the Big 10 and they were always very competitive. He took them to the NCAA Tournament last year and won the NIT in 2009. He’s a very good coach.”
John Feinstein, national college basketball writer for the Washington Post and best-selling author.
“What a great hire. Ed DeChellis is a tremendous basketball coach and an even better person. He’s the perfect fit for the Naval Academy and all the school stands for. They couldn’t have hired a better person.”
Dan Dakich, ESPN Color Commentator for Big Ten games, former head coach at Bowling Green and assistant at Indiana