Meet Patrick Chambers

A new chapter in Penn State men's basketball opened when Chambers was named head coach of the program Friday. Check out his background.

Patrick Chambers has basketball in his blood and is no stranger to hustling. A walk-on for Philadelphia University back in 1990, Chambers worked his way up to starting point guard and set the program's mark for career assists (709). Chamber's career with the Rams saw two NCAA Division II Elite Eight appearances and a pair of Sweet 16 finishes.

After graduation, Chambers served a season as an assistant coach at Delaware Valley College. He also spent a decade in various sales roles for several companies. But his passion for the hardwood drew him back to the sport.

Chambers coached for a period at Episcopal Academy and also spent time as an assistant to the legendary Herb Magee at Philadelphia University, where he focused on players' off-court development and scouted opponents.

In 2004 Chambers ventured back into the world of basketball full time, joining the Villanova men's staff as director of basketball operations. A year later he was named assistant coach and in 2008, as the longest-tenured member of Jay Wright's staff, he became associate head coach.

During his tenure at Villanova the Wildcats made four NCAA Tournament appearances, including a Final Four showing. His performance caught the eye of Boston University, who offered him the opportunity to take the helm of the Terrier program.

In his first year at BU (2009-10), Chambers led his squad to the America East final for the first time since 2003 with a 21-14 record. It was BU's first 20-win season since 2004.

A native of Radnor, Pa., outside of Philadelphia, family is a large part of Chamber's life figuratively and literally — his is the youngest of 12 children.

Aside from playing and coaching high school and college ball in the Philly area, Chambers relied on the region to build Boston University's success. In fact, 50 percent of the current BU roster is made up of players from Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware, a region that could give a major boost to Penn State.

In his two seasons at BU Chambers went 42-28. Perhaps more importantly, Chambers is described by his former employer as someone who "quickly became famous for his passion, his seemingly infinite energy and his ability to inspire his players."


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