May 12, 2009
The Delaware Valley Chapter of the Nittany Lion Club hosts
"An Evening of Penn State Athletics, featuring Big Ten Coach of the Year Ed DeChellis
Friday, June 12
6:00 p.m. at the Radisson, Trevose, PA
Nittany Lion Basketball coach Ed DeChellis will be the featured speaker.
The 2009 Big Ten Coach of the Year, DeChellis will be joined by Nittany Lion baseball coach Robbie Wine and assistant football coach Mike McQueary. Tim Curley, Director of Athletics, and other Penn State staff also will be in attendance.
The event will be held at the Radisson Hotel, Philadelphia Northeast in Trevose. The reception is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by the dinner and program at 7:30 p.m. There will be a silent auction and raffle to support Penn State scholarships.
The Delaware Valley Chapter of the Penn State Nittany Lion Club is the event's sponsor.
Reservations are required and tickets are $42.00. Anyone interested in tickets for the event should contact Gail Lowe at firstname.lastname@example.org or 215-295-3047 in the evening or Beverly Evans at 215-750-0232. The deadline for reservations is Friday, June 1.
Click here for a registration form.
DeChellis is entering his seventh season as head coach of the Nittany Lions and led Penn State to a school record 27 wins and first ever national tournament title last season. He has taken a program that won a combined 14 games in the two seasons prior to his arrival to a 27-11 record and the 2009 National Invitation Tournament title. The Nittany Lions beat four Top 25 ranked teams, including a win at NCAA runner-up Michigan State, posted Penn State's second-most Big Ten wins in school history with a 10-8 conference mark and logged the Lions' first 20-win regular season since 1995-96.
A 1982 Penn State graduate, DeChellis was the 2006 National Coaches vs. Cancer Man of the Year and has had everyone of his senior players graduate over the course of his 13-year head coaching career, that includes six years turning around the East Tennessee State program before returning to his alma mater.
Wine is tentatively scheduled to attend the Central Pennsylvania Nittany Lion Club Dinner, depending on the Nittany Lions' post-season status. He is in his fifth season overseeing the Nittany Lion baseball program. He guided Penn State to a record-breaking season in 2007, the program's first in the spectacular Medlar Field at Lubrano Park. The Nittany Lions set a school record with 20 Big Ten wins, finished in a tie for second place in the conference standings and finished third at the Big Ten Tournament. In 2008, Wine guided Penn State to a third place finish in the Big Ten standings with 17 conference wins and another Big Ten Tournament berth.
Wine's current edition will look to earn a berth in the conference tournament this weekend, hosting Minnesota in the final home series of the season. The Golden Gophers will be in Happy Valley for games tonight (6:35 p.m.), Friday (6:35 p.m) and Saturday (2:00 p.m.) with the final two games airing live on the Big Ten Network.
In his sixth year at his alma mater, McQueary coaches the wide receivers and serves as recruiting coordinator. Under McQueary, wideouts Deon Butler, Jordan Norwood and Derrick Williams became the first trio of Nittany Lions with 40 or more catches in a season in 2006, and repeated the feat in 2007 and `08. All three players rank in the Top 5 in school career receptions and Top 10 in career receiving yardage. McQueary played for the Nittany Lions from 1994-97 and was the starting quarterback in `97, leading Penn State to a 9-3 record and the Florida Citrus Bowl. Selected an offensive co-captain as a senior, McQueary broke three school records and was one of five finalists for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award.
Click here to view the official press release.