Pat Chambers

Patrick Brian Chambers (born December 13, 1970) is an American college basketball coach. He was formerly the head men's basketball coach at Penn State University.

Pat Chambers
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Biographical details
Born (1970-12-13) December 13, 1970 (age 50)
Newtown Square, Pennsylvania
Playing career
Position(s)Point guard
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1995–1996Delaware Valley (assistant)
2001–2004Philadelphia (assistant)
2004–2009Villanova (assistant)
2009–2011Boston University
2011–2020Penn State
Head coaching record
Overall190–178 (.516)
Tournaments0–1 (NCAA Division I)
5–0 (NIT)
3–2 (CBI)
Accomplishments and honors
NIT (2018)
America East Tournament (2011)


Born in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, Chambers played collegiate basketball at Philadelphia University from 1990 to 1994. Despite joining the team without a scholarship, he left it as the starting point guard and the team record-holder in assists. He is currently 7th all-time in steals and led the team to four NCAA Division II Sweet 16 appearances and two Elite Eight finishes.[1]

Chambers took over for Dennis Wolff as the head coach at Boston University following the 2008–09 season. He was previously the associate head coach at Villanova University. He started at Villanova as director of operations in May 2004. He was promoted to assistant coach after one season and finally Associate Head Coach in June 2008. Prior to Villanova, Chambers was an assistant at Philadelphia University, Delaware Valley College and Episcopal Academy. In his first season at BU, Chambers led the Terriers to a 21–14 overall record and an 11–5 mark in league play. The Terriers fell just short of an America East Tournament Championship after falling to University of Vermont 83–70 on March 13, 2010. The team did qualify for the 3rd annual College Basketball Invitational and won their first postseason game since 1959. They also hosted the first postseason game in program history, defeating Morehead State University in overtime at Case Gymnasium.

In Chambers' second season at Boston University, he again led the Terriers to a 21–14 overall mark, including a 12–4 mark in conference play. They defeated Stony Brook University at Agganis Arena to win their sixth conference title and clinch an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament. They received a #16 seed and fell to the #1 seed Kansas Jayhawks in the round of 64 by a score of 72–53. The game marked the Terriers' first appearance in the NCAA tournament since 2002.

Penn State announced Chambers as the 12th head coach in Nittany Lion basketball history in June 2011.[2] The best season Chambers has had at Penn State so far has been the 2017–18 season where the team finished 26-13 and had its highest Big Ten finish in his tenure. The season was highlighted with 3 wins over Ohio State and a 2018 NIT Championship. However, in 2019 Chambers had the team ranked at #23 for their first AP appearance since 1996 after a win over then #4 ranked Maryland and a hot 10–2 start.

Chambers stepped down from his head coaching position at Penn State on October 21, 2020, following an investigation into his past conduct. He was replaced by Jim Ferry, who will coach the team in an interim capacity.[3]

Chambers and his wife Courtney have four children: Grace, Ryan, Caitlyn, and Patrick.

Head coaching recordEdit

Statistics overview
Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Boston University Terriers (America East Conference) (2009–2011)
2009–10 Boston University 21–14 11–5 4th CBI Semifinal
2010–11 Boston University 21–14 12–4 2nd NCAA Division I Round of 64
Boston University: 42–28 (.600) 23–9 (.719)
Penn State Nittany Lions (Big Ten Conference) (2011–2020)
2011–12 Penn State 12–20 4–14 T–11th
2012–13 Penn State 10–21 2–16 12th
2013–14 Penn State 16–18 6–12 T–10th CBI Quarterfinal
2014–15 Penn State 18–16 4–14 13th
2015–16 Penn State 16–16 7–11 10th
2016–17 Penn State 15–18 6–12 T–12th
2017–18 Penn State 26–13 9–9 T–6th NIT Champion
2018–19 Penn State 14–18 7-13 T-10th
2019–20 Penn State 21–10 11–9 T–5th
Penn State: 148–150 (.497) 56–110 (.337)
Total: 190-178(.516)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-09-24. Retrieved 2010-10-01.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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  3. ^ "Pat Chambers Steps Down as PSU Head Coach Amid Investigation into Past Conduct". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 21 October 2020.

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