Previously the head coach at Boston University, Chambers accepted the job at Penn State Friday afternoon. "I am truly honored and excited to be joining the Penn State family," Chambers said in a press release from PSU. "I'm looking forward to bringing passion, energy and enthusiasm to Nittany Lion basketball. We will play a style, and bring an attitude that Nittany Nation can be proud of." Athletic director Tim Curley added, ""Penn State basketball begins a new era today, and Patrick Chambers ushers in that era with proven success, an appreciation of and commitment to Penn State ideals, and the energy and enthusiasm required to compete at the highest level. His outstanding record of achievement in a relatively young coaching career is a direct testament to his knowledge of the game, his passion for his players and his relentless pursuit of success. We're confident that under Pat's leadership, the Nittany Lion basketball program will rise to new heights in the years ahead."
Chambers replaces Ed DeChellis, who resigned at Penn State last month to take the top job at Navy.
Penn State has scheduled a Monday press conference to formally introduce Chambers.
In two seasons at BU, Chambers led the Terriers to twin 21-14 records. The Philadelphia area native led the team to the NCAA Tournament in 2011, as it won the America East title. At NCAAs, BU lost a second-round game to powerhouse Kansas.
The hire comes on the final day of the Penn State basketball program's biggest charity event of the year — the Coaches vs. Cancer Celebrity Golf Tournament.
Scuttlebutt on the golf courses throughout the day indicated Chambers was the Nittany Lions' primary target to replace DeChellis. By the end of the event, several former players were reporting that Chambers would, in fact, land the job.