STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Men's basketball coach Ed DeChellis, who led Penn State to the NCAA tournament this year, resigned Monday to take the vacant job at Navy.
The move came as a surprise after DeChellis orchestrated his alma mater's first NCAA bid in a decade. The Nittany Lions lost to Temple, 66-64, in the second round.
"I'm thrilled and honored to be the next head basketball coach at the United States Naval Academy," DeChellis said in a statement released by the Midshipmen.
Penn State athletic director Tim Curley said the school would launch a national search for a replacement.
DeChellis' eight-year run at Penn State includes the 2009 NIT championship.
The school doesn't typically release salaries, though an open records request in 2009 showed DeChellis made more than $642,000.
The Nittany Lions went 19-15 last season, but they faced a rebuilding year in 2011-12 with star Talor Battle and three other senior starters out of eligibility.
DeChellis finished with a 114-138 record at Penn State.
The Navy job opened up after Billy Lange resigned earlier this month following a second straight losing season. Lange took an assistant coaching job at Villanova.