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Report: Former Penn State MBB Head Coach Pat Chambers Finalizing Deal to Become Head Coach at Florida Gulf Coast

After a year away from college basketball and a season as an assistant at La Salle, it looks like Pat Chambers is going to be re-joining the head coaching ranks.

CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein reports that the former Penn State men’s basketball head coach is finalizing a deal to become the next head man at Florida Gulf Coast, and the official announcement is expected soon.


Chambers led Penn State from 2011-2020, with limited success. Of Chambers’ nine seasons in Happy Valley, the Nittany Lions only had a winning record three times and only won 20 or more games twice. Chambers’ last three seasons were mostly present, however. In the 2017-18 season, Penn State won the NIT, and the 2019-2020 Nittany Lions squad went 21-10 in the regular season and likely would have made the NCAA tournament if COVID-19 didn’t wipe out March Madness.

That 2019-20 squad was probably Chambers’ best at Penn State, and it tuned out to be his last. Chambers resigned in October of 2020 amid allegations of racially insensitive conduct toward former Nittany Lion Rasir Bolton. He returned to coaching this past season at LaSalle.

Before he came to Penn State, Chambers spent two seasons as Boston University’s head coach, and prior to that, was an assistant at Villanova (2004-09), Philadelphia (2001-04), and Delaware Valley (1995-96). His overall record at Penn State was 148-150 overall and 56-110 in the Big Ten, and his all-time head coaching record is 190-178.

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