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Penn hires alum, former Boston College assistant Nat Graham to same position

May 9, 2014, 6:35 PM EST

With Penn losing assistant coach Scott Pera to Mike Rhodes’ new staff at Rice, head coach Jerome Allen needed to fill a position on his coaching staff for next season.

Allen filled that position on Thursday as Penn alum and former Boston College associate head coach Nat Graham announced on twitter that he was joining the Quakers staff as an assistant coach.

Graham had been an assistant coach under Steve Donahue at Cornell and then at Boston College since the 2005-06 season and was the associate head coach for Boston College the last three seasons. A graduate of Penn in 1997, Graham played with Allen for two years at the school before finishing his playing career at the University of Western Ontario.

While Penn struggled to an 8-20 record last season, Graham should give them an experienced assistant coach and recruiter that has succeeded in the Ivy League in helping Cornell to a Sweet 16 appearance, while also being familiar with the Penn program and Philadelphia basketball scene.