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March 14, 2013

Heart of a Lion: Former walk-on Nick Colella makes his mark at Penn State



Colella wasn’t done waiting. After officially making the team, he redshirted for the 2010-2011 season, further developing his body and shooting ability.

“He worked hard all summer,” Linda Colella said. “He went from one thing to the next — from a pick-up game or going to New Castle High School to work out. When he called us and told us (he made the team), we couldn’t believe it.”

Despite not playing a second in his redshirt year, Nick’s parents never missed a game.

“We’ve gone to every game, my husband and I. We go to every game just like its our first one,” Linda Colella said. “When he was on the bench, we went to the games. No matter if he dressed, he sat or he played, we were there. It just grew more exciting as he started playing. My whole family and friends come up to the games if they can get away from work.”

When asked if she ever gets tired of the drive across the state, Linda responded, “There’s a lot of talking then that we don’t get to do other times. It’s just a relaxing thing. We’re on the road and we go and have fun.”

Sleep and talk isn’t much of an option on other days. Arriving back at New Castle from a Penn State home game at around 3 a.m., Nick’s parents often get ready for work two hours later. Dave Colella holds jobs as a laser technician and as a member of the New Castle Housing Authority. Linda Colella works for the New Castle school district.

Loss of sleep doesn’t have the Colellas regretting anything.

“The journey that he gave us was unbelievable,” Linda Colella said. “There are no words.”

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