Penn State Coach Patrick Chambers to speak at Shenango Alumni Society Dinner

Penn State Men's Basketball Coach Patrick Chambers will be this year's guest speaker at the Friends of Penn State 2014 annual dinner at Penn State Shenango on Thursday, May 15. Doors will open at 5:45 p.m. with a sit-down dinner at 6:30 p.m. in the Shenango campus auditorium, followed by the program. Tickets are $50 per person (cash bar will be available). The event is sponsored by the Penn State Shenango Alumni Society. Proceeds will go to Penn State Shenango student scholarships and programs. For tickets, call 724-983-2907 or email

The Lions took strides forward in 2013-14 with 16 wins, including six Big Ten victories. This helped qualify Coach Chambers’ squad to a post-season tournament, the College Basketball Invitational (CBI).

Chambers quickly energized the Penn State fan base with his passion, enthusiasm and team's all-out style of play and relentless attitude. Chambers, along with his staff, recently completed his third season in Happy Valley and has been described as energetic, upbeat and dynamic throughout his tenure. Each of his teams has been called a true reflection of their coach and his will to win.

“I’ve heard many speakers in my time,” stated Penn State Alumnus Sam Bernstine. “and I would have to say that Coach Chambers is one of the best presenters I’ve ever had the opportunity to hear. He is very motivational and all about the students. From passing out free Big Macs at McDonalds to students who attended their Nebraska game in 2012, to donating $10 for each student who attended the Iowa game to THON in 2013, to giving free tickets to students who attended their first-round CBI game against Hampton in 2014, Chambers proved that, in my mind, ten-fold. I can see why he is at Penn State and why he is so revered by his players and other coaches. He is a great coach and a true gentleman.”

After leaving a highly-successful career in business, the Philadelphia area native had a meteoric rise in coaching. Just five years after entering collegiate coaching, he became the head coach at Boston University where he guided the Terriers to back-to-back 21-win seasons culminating in 2011 with an America East Conference championship and the program's first NCAA tournament appearance in nine years. 

Chambers began his coaching career as an integral part of Jay Wright's Villanova coaching staff, climbing quickly through the ranks to associate head coach as he helped guide the Wildcats to five-consecutive NCAA tournament appearances, four Sweet 16's and the 2009 Final Four. During his time, Chambers produced some of the top recruiting classes in the nation including numerous McDonald's All-Americans and future NBA players. 

Just seven years into his coaching career, he assumed the reins at Penn State and over three seasons, has guided three players to a combined five All-Big Ten honors, including Tim Frazier's first-team nod in 2011. With progressively improving win totals, road performances and team statistics, Chambers' foundation for success has evolved into a culture primed for continued achievements.

Chambers and his wife, Courtney, have three children. They welcomed their second daughter, Caitlin, in March 2012 following their first season in State College. She joined a sister, Grace, and a brother, Ryan.

Attention media: A press conference (with Coach Chambers) will be held for the media from 4:45 to 5:15 p.m. on the campus in Sharon Hall room 108 (located on Penn Avenue in downtown Sharon, PA). Members of the media should RSVP by calling 724-983-2906 or emailing Liz Izenas at





Last Updated April 10, 2014