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Penn State To Hire Jim Ferry as Basketball Assistant, Per Jon Rothstein

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Penn State will hire the former Duquesne head coach as its new basketball assistant.

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Jon Rothstein reported via Fanrag Sports Network that Penn State will hire Jim Ferry, former Duquesne and LIU-Brooklyn head coach, to its open assistant position.

The position has been officially open for about a month, and when it was originally made public, one of the criteria Pat Chambers wanted in a potential hire was previous head coaching experience. Ferry fits the bill on that front. The hiring will also bring a breath of fresh air to the Nittany Lions, bringing a set experience that stems from a different tree than the current Villanova-heavy staff.

Ferry spent the 10 seasons at LIU-Brooklyn, culminating his tenure with back-to-back NCAA tournament appearances with Blackbirds. Things did not go as well with Duquesne, where he went 60-97.

Ferry will be “reunited” with one of his former recruits in Jamari Wheeler, whom as we can recall was committed to the Dukes before the program fired Ferry.