Thursday, February 11, 2016

Report: Dan Leibovitz coming back to Penn's Andy Katz is reporting that Hartford coach Dan Leibovitz has resigned that job so that he can take John Gallagher's spot on the Penn bench as an assistant to Jerome Allen.

Report: Dan Leibovitz coming back to Penn

(Steven M. Falk/Staff file photo)
(Steven M. Falk/Staff file photo)

Correction: Leibovitz didn't play varsity basketball at Penn. Thanks to Stu Suss for the information.

This is pretty surprising.'s Andy Katz is reporting that Hartford coach Dan Leibovitz has resigned that job so that he can take John Gallagher's spot on the Penn bench as an assistant to Jerome Allen.

"Leibovitz said he expects to work again at his alma mater," Katz writes.

More coverage
Get the latest local sports news with the Philly Sports Now app
Latest college football rankings
Latest college sports videos
SHOP: Collegiate Sportswear & Merchandise

Hartford announced the resignation this evening. He was 44-82 in four seasons with the Hawks, and his current roster includes five players from Philadelphia.

Aside from the obviously unusual move from head coach to assistant, this is even more of a shock because Leibovitz had four years left on his contract at Hartford.

Leibovitz is best known in Philadelphia as John Chaney's top assistant at Temple. He took over head coaching duties when Chaney was suspended in 2005 after the Goongate incident.

But Leibovitz got his start in the city while attending Penn from 1993 to 1996 (he transferred from Franklin & Marshall after his freshman year there). He has been close friends with Jerome Allen since when the two played together at Episcopal Academy.

There's no confirmation from Penn yet, though two sources of mine who know some of the people involved in this are pretty sure it's going to happen. I'm told that money is not an issue in this.

We encourage respectful comments but reserve the right to delete anything that doesn't contribute to an engaging dialogue.
Help us moderate this thread by flagging comments that violate our guidelines.

Comment policy: comments are intended to be civil, friendly conversations. Please treat other participants with respect and in a way that you would want to be treated. You are responsible for what you say. And please, stay on topic. If you see an objectionable post, please report it to us using the "Report Abuse" option.

Please note that comments are monitored by staff. We reserve the right at all times to remove any information or materials that are unlawful, threatening, abusive, libelous, defamatory, obscene, vulgar, pornographic, profane, indecent or otherwise objectionable. Personal attacks, especially on other participants, are not permitted. We reserve the right to permanently block any user who violates these terms and conditions.

Additionally comments that are long, have multiple paragraph breaks, include code, or include hyperlinks may not be posted.

Read 0 comments
comments powered by Disqus
About this blog
Soft Pretzel Logic is's college sports blog, with a primary focus on the University of Pennsylvania. You'll also see coverage of the Big 5, other major college sports events in the region, and the annual Penn Relays track and field meet.

Jonathan Tannenwald Staff Writer
Latest Videos:
Also on
letter icon Newsletter