Skip to main content

Patrick ChambersMen’s Basketball Coach, FGCU

“My Five Pillars - Accountability, Faith, Humility, Gratitude & Passion”

Pat Chambers, an 11-year veteran head coach, was officially introduced by Director of Athletics Ken Kavanagh as the new FGCU men’s basketball head coach on Tuesday, March 15 in a special press conference from the Hillmyer-Tremont Suite in Alico Arena. Chambers became the fifth head coach in program history bringing a wealth of experience in college basketball including head coaching stints at Penn State and Boston University.

Chambers spent nine years leading the Penn State (2011-20) program and two years as head coach at Boston University (2009-11). He has 190 career victories as a head coach in that span including four 20-plus win seasons. Part of his career as a head coach was highlighted by leading the Nittany Lions to a No. 9 national ranking in 2019-20 which tied the program’s best-ever ranking set in 1996.

A coach that knows how to win...

In addition to his head coaching experience, Chambers has served in various capacities with three different programs. At Villanova, he started with the Wildcats in 2004 as the Director of Operations before being elevated to Assistant Coach (2006-08) and then Associate Head Coach (2008-09). He started his coaching career at Delaware Valley College in 1995-96 and most recently served as an assistant coach at La Salle.

At Penn State, he led the Nittany Lions to 148 wins during his nine year tenure which included 18 ranked wins and 56 Big Ten wins which are the most for a head coach in program history. His 148 wins rank as the fifth-most for a head coach at PSU. During the 2019-20 campaign, he was a Naismith Coach of the Year candidate after the Nittany Lions spent 10 weeks ranked in the top 25 and had its highest-ever NET ranking at No. 15. He had a pair of 20-win seasons in Happy Valley after going 26-13 in 2017-18 en route to winning the NIT Championship and 21-10 in 2019-20 before the season was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Before joining PSU, he spent two years with Boston University leading the Terriers to a 42-28 record. In 2010-11, he led BU to an America East Conference Championship and the Terriers’ first berth to an NCAA Tournament since 2002. In 2009-10, BU was also 21-14 and reached the CBI Semifinal in the post season. He was the fastest coach in program history to earn a conference championship and the only BU coach to earn 20 wins in each of his first two seasons.

During his tenure at Villanova, Chambers was part of a staff that helped the Wildcats to a tremendous five-year stretch that included a Final Four (2009), two Sweet Sixteens (2005, 2008), an Elite Eight

appearance (2006), and reaching the second round (2007). In 2008-09 as the Associate Head Coach, Chambers helped Villanova to a 30-8 overall record and the No. 3 recruiting class in the country. All told, during his time with Nova, the Wildcats were 126-45 including the program’s single-season win record of 30-8 in 2008-09.

Along with his service under the mentorship of Villanova head coach Jay Wright, the Newtown Square, Pa., native played for Naismith Hall of Fame coach Herb Magee while a student-athlete at Philadelphia University. Magee continues to rank as the second all-time winningest men’s basketball head coach behind Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski.

Chambers began his coaching career as an assistant coach at Delaware Valley College in 1995-96. After taking a break to work in the family business, he return to coaching in 1999 as the top varsity assistant coach at Episcopal Academy through 2004.

A standout guard under Magee at Philadelphia University, Chambers graduated from the university in 1994 with a degree in marketing and a minor in finance. He joined the NCAA Division II university’s basketball team as a walk-on in 1990 and went on to have an outstanding career, becoming the team’s starting point guard, earning first-team All-ECAC honors and leaving as the school record holder in assists with 709. Chambers helped lead the Rams to four NCAA Division II Sweet 16 appearances and two Elite Eight appearances.

Chambers (51) and his wife, Courtney, have four children, Grace, Ryan, Caitlin, and Patrick.