Posted by Eric Angevine
Today's rumors have turned out to be true. Pat Chambers of Boston University has taken the head coaching job at Penn State, succeeding Ed DeChellis in the position.
Chambers led the Boston University Terriers to the NCAA tournament as the automatic entry representative from the America East conference last season, in just his second year as a head coach. He previously served as Associate Head Coach at Villanova, where he took part in the Wildcats' 2009 Final Four appearance. He played point guard for Naismith Hall of Fame inductee Herb Magee at Philadelphia University.
Chambers had recently agreed to a contract at Boston University that extended through 2016. He led the Terriers to 21-win seasons in each of the two years he was in charge of the program.
Despite his short resume, Chambers has obvious ties to the relatively nearby talent pool of Philadelphia, where much of his early recruiting efforts should be focused. His relatively quick rise to a power-conference head coaching job began with an assistant's posting at Delaware Valley College in Pennsylvania in 1995. As an assistant coach of the Episcopal Academy varsity team in the late 90's, Chambers helped develop the talents of ACC stars Gerald Henderson and Wayne Ellington.
"I am truly honored and excited to be joining the Penn State family," Chambers stated in a press release issued by Penn State. "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."
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