Basketball: Rullo confirms move to Neumann U.

After seven season as the Malvern Prep basketball coach, Jim Rullo has stepped down to take the top men's spot at Neumann University.

"A special opportunity presented itself at Neumann, and I got more and more excited about it," Rullo said Monday afternoon. "Being a full-time coach at the college level has always been a goal of mine."

Rullo informed Malvern Prep athletic director Kurt Ruch of his decision last week.

Neumann University confirmed Rullo's hiring in a press release Monday afternoon. He will also serve as assistant athletic director at the school.

In seven seasons with the Friars, Rullo compiled a record of 135-67 (.668 winning percentage). He went 61-26 in Inter-Academic League play and won two league titles.

At Neumann, Rullo takes over for interim head coach Joe Rapczynski, who guided the Knights for the last eight games of the 2012-13 campaign. The former Garnet Valley coach replaced Larry Stanziano at the helm.

Rick Colvin, an assistant under Rullo, is expected to be one of the leading candidates to be Malvern Prep's new boss.

"He was a huge part of the success we had," Rullo said. "His relationship with the players and parents allowed me to focus on the Xs and Os."

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