DeChellis candidate for College of Charleston

By Matt Hill
STAR STAFF
mhill@starhq.com

   JOHNSON CITY -- East Tennessee is a great place to hunt, but the College of Charleston athletic department didn't have to go into the woods to find one of the candidates for its vacant coaching position.
   East Tennessee State head basketball coach Ed DeChellis was in Charleston, S.C. this weekend to interview for the College of Charleston head coaching vacancy.
   It was reported in Thursday's Charleston Post and Courier that the school had been given permission to talk to DeChellis by ETSU athletic director Todd Stansbury.
   The College of Charleston screening committee has already met with Maryland assistant Dave Dickerson, Virginia assistant Tom Herrion, Ohio State assistant Paul Biancardi and College of Charleston assistant Ben Betts.
   If DeChellis does end up becoming College of Charleston's next head coach, money might be a major reason. DeChellis makes around $100,000 at ETSU, but his salary would probably double if he goes to Charleston.
   The College of Charleston job is open due to the retirement of John Kresse. He turned the program from an NAIA school into a top-25 NCAA Division I program in the late-1990's.
   DeChellis has turned around what was a floundering program at East Tennessee State. The Bucs have finished 18-10 in each of the last two seasons, and have won the Southern Conference North Division Title in each of those years.
   DeChellis has an overall record of 85-82 in his six years at ETSU. The Buccaneers' 24-8 Southern Conference mark over the last two seasons is the best in that time frame.
   The Bucs lost in overtime to the Cougars during last month's Southern Conference Tournament in Charleston.
   All attempts to reach DeChellis were unsuccessful.