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Men’s B-ball Coach Goes to Penn State

Pat Chambers makes fast break


Pat Chambers, who came to BU after five years as associate head coach at Villanova, goes back to his home state with the move to Penn State. Photo by Steve McLaughlin

Men’s head basketball coach Patrick Chambers, who has led the Terriers to two 21-14 seasons since his arrival at BU two years ago, has told BU that he has accepted a position as head coach at Penn State. In the wake of Chambers’ move, which comes just four weeks after he signed a contract extension through the 2015–16 season, BU has appointed Brian Daly, formerly associate head coach, to the position of interim head coach. The University will launch a nationwide search for a replacement.

“We appreciate all of Patrick’s time at Boston University,” says Mike Lynch, assistant vice president and director of athletics. “He did a magnificent job for us, and we wish him the best at Penn State and elsewhere.”

Chambers will fill a slot left by Penn State’s Ed DeChellis, who racked up a 19-15 season in 2010–2011 and resigned last week to take the head coach spot at the U.S. Naval Academy.

In his two years at Boston University, Chambers quickly became famous for his passion, his seemingly infinite energy, and his ability to inspire his players. During the 2009–2010 season, he propelled the Terriers to the America East finals for the first time since 2003, stamping their season with a 21-14 record. It was BU’s first 20-win season since 2004.

Italso marked the first time since the 1986–87 season that BU defeated two major conference members in the same season, making Chambers just the fifth first-year head coach in America East history to lead his team to a championship game.

Playing the 2010–11 season with just three returning players, seven freshmen, and three transfers, the team earned its first perfect home conference record since 1998. In postseason play, the Terriers hosted the first America East title game at Agganis Arena and reached the second round of the NCAA tournament.

The move to Penn State will take Chambers back to his home state. In 1990, he was a walk-on freshman at Philadelphia University, leaving the team four years later as a starting point guard and the school’s record-holder for assists. He then worked for 10 years in sales, first for a pharmaceutical company and later for his family’s print and copy business. But his heart was always on the basketball court.

Eventually he turned several extracurricular coaching stints into a steady paycheck and spent five years as associate head coach at Villanova. There, he saw the Wildcats make the NCAA tournament four times, including a spot in the Final Four.

Art Jahnke can be reached at jahnke@bu.edu.


15 Comments on Men’s B-ball Coach Goes to Penn State

  • Anonymous on 06.03.2011 at 4:15 pm

    We’re going to miss the passion of Coach Chambers, but wish him the best of luck! You made an enormous impact in 2 short years!

  • Anonymous on 06.03.2011 at 5:33 pm

    This was honestly just too good of a job for Chambers to pass up. His entire family is in the PA area and he moves up several notches in the conference power ranking. As much as it suks to see him go, I would’ve made the same decision if he were him. Wish him the best of luck and hope that we can hire someone to continue the success the basketball program as slowly built these last two years.

    • BU Alum on 03.25.2012 at 4:16 pm

      Are you a Tom Chambers fan or a BU Terriers fan? Who the hell cares if Tom Chambers is from Pennsylvania. He just took us for a joy ride for the past 2 years while fattening up his wallet and bolting for a better conference. Listen if we wanted mediocrity have one of the student body coach the freaking team because it seems we are always AVERAGE in bball. If that’s the goal save money and hire a grad student to coach and use that money for a scholarship. Rather have that than this type of fiasco and charade again.

    • BU Alum on 03.25.2012 at 4:17 pm

      Are you a Tom Chambers fan or a BU Fan?

  • Anonymous on 06.03.2011 at 5:55 pm

    Congrats Chambers, you did a great job with Wolf’s recruits…..would have been nice to see how you would do without Holland

  • Anonymous on 06.03.2011 at 6:08 pm


    Disgrace. All of his comments about “building a program” were nothing but empty words. BU gives this guy a chance, he wins largely with WOLFF’s players, and then bolts for a state school that hardly supports Bball. I look forward to watching BU continue its success under an honest coach.

  • Anonymous on 06.04.2011 at 12:15 am


    Chambers didn’t even win with his own players.

  • Anonymous on 06.04.2011 at 10:07 am


    Chambers won largely with WOLFF’s players!

  • Anonymous on 06.06.2011 at 10:12 am

    you knew it was gonna happen

  • Sister Olga Yaqob on 06.06.2011 at 12:37 pm

    Blessing for evryone

    May the abundance of God’s blessing be upon Coach Chambers and our BU Men’s basketball team in this time of transition.

  • Anonymous on 06.06.2011 at 1:19 pm


    So the contract that he signed with BU until the 2015-16 season, is voided? WTF did that contract mean if he could just leave after signing that?

    GO BU!

  • Anonymous on 06.06.2011 at 10:43 pm

    Well, Coach Chambers and his staff did a heck of a job assessing the strengths of the players he had and creating offensive schemes that worked well enough to win a lot more games than his predecessor. It was painful to watch the Terriers in action prior to his arrival. No offense to any former players or coaches, but it was brutal to watch some of those games in the Wolff-era.

  • Chambers Fan on 06.07.2011 at 5:16 pm

    Tough to see Chambers go, but had a feeling his time with us would be short. It was fun while it lasted. It will be interesting to see what happens next. Go BU!

  • BU Alum on 03.25.2012 at 4:04 pm

    Why can’t BU create a basketball program that will be consistent and vying for championships. I can’t understand it. We have the arena, we have the facilities, and we are located in the northeast where it is very fertile ground for basketball recruits. This is systematic and needs change from the top. Problem is we focus too much on Ice Hockey and not enough on basketball. Chambers is a bum and we need to find someone who is willing to stay here for the long haul and bring this program to elite status. We should be dominating our America East conference. How the hell does Vermont and places like Albany beat us. This is a disgrace and the university needs to hire a legit head coach with the cache to lure recruits.

  • BU Alum on 03.25.2012 at 4:20 pm

    At the rate we are going for the men’s basketball team, I’d rather watch girls softball and basketball duke it out in an arm wrestling contest while raising money for scholarships.

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