Former Penn State Interim Head Coach Jim Ferry Named New Boss at UMBC

By Vincent Lungaro on April 12, 2021 at 6:32 pm
Dec 6, 2020; University Park, Pennsylvania, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions interim head coach Jim Ferry gestures against the Seton Hall Pirates during the second half at the Bryce Jordan Center. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports
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Jim Ferry, who spent this past season as Penn State's interim head coach, landed his next job on Monday.

Ferry was hired by UMBC (hey, remember when they were the first No. 16 to beat a 1-seed?) as its next head coach. He replaces Ryan Odom, who left the Retrievers to take the open job at Utah State. 

While Ferry was probably never seriously in the running to get the permanent head coaching job at Penn State, he did an admirable job in extremely difficult circumstances and kept things afloat for the Nittany Lions.

It's been talked about at length, so I won't rehash old wounds here, but players were clearly upset with how the dismissal of Pat Chambers was handled. Ferry did well to keep the locker room together and keep Penn State competitive in one of the toughest conferences in the country. 

Penn State finished 11-14 (7-12), and were a bounce or two away from upsetting Wisconsin in the Big Ten tournament and making it to the quarterfinals.

Ferry spent a total of four seasons in Happy Valley, with his first three as an assistant coach. Prior to joining Chambers' staff, Ferry was the head coach at Long Island and then Duquesne.