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Penn basketball assistant Mihalich Jr. blazes his own trail

The mystique of Philadelphia college basketball has been well-documented – with the Palestra being named the nation’s most “Hallowed Hall” in a December 2014 feature – and that allure makes it quite difficult for local figures to stay away.

For Penn men’s basketball, consider Joe Mihalich Jr. the latest victim.

Jake Silpe makes his mark on Penn basketball

It was early March when Jake Silpe, in the midst of his second semester as a senior in high school, received some very unexpected news.

Jerome Allen, the University of Pennsylvania men’s basketball head coach, had just been fired, with several games still left to play on the Quakers’ schedule.

Allen had recruited Silpe to Penn, and once he signed his letter of intent, Silpe was fully under the assumption Allen would be his coach for his college basketball career.

After ten years away, Roger Reina returns to Penn Athletics

It was time to bring in the big guns.

In the face of lagging student interest and attendance, Penn Athletics began a process of reorganization last summer that ended with Roger Reina coming back into the fold as senior associate athletic director for external affairs after nine years away.

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