Alumni Talor Battle and Nick Colella to Join Micah Shrewsberry's Staff

By Vincent Lungaro on April 12, 2021 at 7:00 pm
Feb 26, 2021; University Park, Pennsylvania, USA; An exterior view of the Bryce Jordan Center prior to the game between the Purdue Boilermakers and the Penn State Nittany Lions. Mandatory Credit: Matthew OHaren-USA TODAY Sports
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A couple of Penn State basketball alumni will be sticking around the program as part of Micah Shrewsberry's assembled staff.

The legend himself, Talor Battle — the Nittany Lions' all-time leading scorer and a three-year captain — was hired by Pat Chambers last offseason and will remain a part of the new regime as assistant to the head coach.

Some strong Dwight Schrute vibes with that job title, but nevertheless, it's cool to see someone with such a historic connection to the Nittany Lions remain around the program. 

"Getting Talor to stay on staff was a no-brainer for me," Shrewsberry said in a release. "He is one of the greatest players to ever play here and he has a deep love for Penn State. Our players will benefit from his vast experiences of being a player here and from his years playing professional basketball."

Nick Colella, a former walk-on and two-time letterwinner for the Nittany Lions is also being retained as the chief of staff.

The 2021-22 season will mark his ninth in a coaching/administrative role. Colella served as the director of basketball operations in 2019-20 after five years as Penn State's director of on-campus recruiting.

"I wanted to surround myself with guys who love Penn State and there aren't very many people who love this place more than Nick," Shrewsberry said. "He has been as instrumental in my transition to Penn State as anyone else. His knowledge of our program, school, community and conference will come in handy as we try to elevate Penn State Basketball to the next level."

Farrelly hire made official
After reports popped up yesterday that Mike Farrelly would also be joining Shrewsberry's coaching setup, Penn State also made that hire official today. 

Farrelly was Hofstra's acting head coach this past season and helped guide the Pride to a 13-10 finish. He had spent the previous seven seasons as an assistant coach. 

"Mike is going to be very impactful in our program," Shrewsberry said. "The energy he brings on a daily basis is second to none. The relationships he builds in recruiting and with his players is a big reason why he has had success at every stop in his career. He did a fantastic job in his role as the acting head coach at Hofstra last season, and I think he is a rising star in this business."