April 21, 2011

Bon Voyage, Lewis Preston.

First it was Ernie Nestor walking through the revolving door to become an assistant at Missouri. Then, it was Taran Buie walking through that door to begin his playing career anew at another school. Now, it's Lewis Preston who is on the way out, accepting the head coaching vacancy at Kennesaw State after three seasons coaching up post players at Penn State.

Per GoPSUSports.com press release, Ed DeChellis had the following to say:

"I'm thrilled for Lew. It's a great job and a terrific opportunity to take over a program at a large school that plays in a solid conference," Penn State coach Ed DeChellis said. "Lew has done a terrific job here. He is a very good coach on the floor, works very hard and is a classy guy who brought some talented players like Jon Graham and Trey Lewis to Penn State. It is going to be very challenging to replace him, but we wish him all the best and thank him for his contributions to our success over the last three years."
Dave Jones reports that Preston's salary will be somewhere within the $165,000-195,000 range. This marks a significant increase from the $100,000 Preston had been making as PSU's number two assistant. That last sentence doesn't sound like anything to raise your eyebrows over, until you recall the fact that Penn State's coaching staff are criminally underpaid compared to their Big Ten brethren. This sobering fact (along with what was mainly a desire to become a head coach at the Division 1 level) surely had to have played a vital role in Preston's decision.

Ed DeChellis now faces the task of finding a new assistant who is capable of recruiting and developing big men. Whoever takes over Preston's spot on the bench will be forced to MacGyver his way out of a messy situation, given that the only post players on the team with any playing experience will be Billy Oliver and Sasa Borovnjak. With that being said, we here at LBU wish Coach Preston all the best in his future endeavors*

* Provided of course, PSU and Kennesaw State don't face each other on the court 

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