"He's really grounded," said former Penn State coach Bruce Parkhill, for whom DeChellis worked as an assistant. "He's very intelligent. He's got a great personality. He's a very good recruiter, but he's very grounded. He's got a good background. He's very confident. The guy's got the whole package. I think it's a great hire for Navy."
"I sense he felt like maybe they didn't appreciate what he did there," Parkhill said. "Navy really wanted him. You add the fact it is such a special place, not just to live but also the academy. It didn't really surprise me."