PHILADELPHIA - Dan Leibovitz, an assistant coach with the University of Pennsylvania's men's basketball program, has resigned his position with the Quakers to take a job as a player development coach with the Charlotte Bobcats of the National Basketball Association (NBA).
"It has been an honor to serve the Penn basketball program for the last two years as assistant coach," said Leibovitz, who has a long relationship with the Bobcats' new head coach, Mike Dunlap. "I want to thank the administration, coaching staff, student-athletes, alumni, fans and others for welcoming my family and me into the University community. I look forward to seeing the Penn Quakers continue to flourish on and off the court under the direction of Coach Allen. The next chapter in my life begins in Charlotte, but I will always be thankful for the opportunity to have coached such a special group of respectful and dedicated young men at Penn."
"Dan's connections to Penn preceded his arrival back here as a coach, and they will continue long beyond this," said Penn's John R. Rockwell Head Coach of Men's Basketball, Jerome Allen. "That legacy stood out during his time on staff, and he was a big reason we were able to change the culture around our program. I am sad to see him go, but I am sure he will do a great job in his new position with the Charlotte Bobcats."
Leibovitz left his head coaching position at the University of Hartford to come back to Penn -- his alma mater -- in the process joining forces with Allen, his longtime friend going back to high school. During Leibovitz' two seasons with the Quakers, they improved from 6-22 the year before he arrived to 13-15 in 2010-11 (his first season) and then 20-13 last year. In Ivy League play, Penn was 5-9 the year before he arrived, improved to 7-7 in his first season, then went 11-3 last year to finish second in the conference.