Arizona State assistant Scott Pera is leaving the Sun Devils to become the top assistant at the University of Pennsylvania, Doug Haller of the Arizona Republic is reporting.
Pera has been with Arizona State for six years, but now accepts a position closer to his hometown and family in Hershey, Penn.
“It’s been an emotional few days,” Pera told the paper. “It’s a great feeling on many levels. We’re very excited. It’s a terrific opportunity for me and my family.”
Pera’s move comes after former Penn assistant Dan Leibovitz left the Quakers to take a job with the Charlotte Bobcats. Penn has had to replace all three assistants on its staff this off-season.
Coach Mike Martin left the Quakers to become the head coach at Brown, while assistant Rudy Wise left the program.
Pera is known as a high-level recruiter, having had a hand in getting both James Harden, now with the Oklahoma City Thunder, and Derek Glasser, the school’s all-time assists leader, to Arizona State.
He now joins a Penn team that finished 20-13 last season. Quaker head coach Jerome Allen will be entering his fourth season with the team in 2012-13, having amassed an overall record of 39-43 in his first three seasons.
As for the team Pera leaves behind, Arizona State is looking to guard Jahii Carson to help the team rebound from a 10-21 finish last season.
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