Dick DeLaney

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Dick DeLaney
Basketball Coach • West Chester

Dick DeLaney attended West Chester State College and graduated in 1969. While at West Chester State, Dick played soccer from 1965-1969, and played on three NCAA tournament teams. DeLaney played freshman basketball in 1965 and was a student assistant in 1966. He played baseball all four years and was captain of the squad in 1969. Following his graduation from West Chester in 1969, Dick taught and coached the Great Valley High School basketball from 1971 through 1976 - where he was named the Ches-Mont Coach of the Year in 1973-74. DeLaney was the Head Soccer Coach from 1970-1975 and was chosen Southern Chester County League Coach of the Year in 1975. He then went to Philadelphia Textile (University) and was Assistant Basketball Coach for Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer Herb Magee. While at Textile, the team reached the NCAA Tournament nine times. Dick also coached the school’s Division I soccer team and went to the Final Four in 1978. Additionally, DeLaney was the Head Baseball Coach, and was awarded the Mid-Atlantic Coach of the Year in 1987 when his team made the school’s first ever NCAA appearance. He then moved to Division II West Chester University where he was the Head Basketball Coach from 1987 thru 2008. While at West Chester University, Dick enjoyed a .635 winning percentage - posting 370 wins, the most wins of any male coach in the history of West Chester University. DeLaney’s teams won four PSAC East Championships (1994, 2000, 2004, 2006); he was named PSAC East Coach of the Year four times, and was honored as the NCAA Middle Atlantic Coach of the Year in 2003. His teams went to the NCAA tournament five times during his tenure. Dick has been inducted into four Hall of Fames: West Chester University, Philadelphia University, Philadelphia-Small College Basketball and Rutherford High School (New Jersey). Upon his retirement from West Chester, DeLaney was an athletic administrator at Penn State-Brandywine (2008-2010) and returned to coaching at Philadelphia University (2010-2012). During the 2012-2013 basketball season, Dick was color commentator for West Chester’s home games. DeLaney holds the unique distinction of taking teams in three sports to their respective NCAA playoffs.
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