Two coaches with Penn State ties are reportedly candidates for the head basketball coaching job that’s vacant after Micah Shrewsberry’s departure to Notre Dame.
Shrewsberry’s top assistant, Adam Fisher, and predecessor, Pat Chambers, are both being looked at for the Temple job according to Mike Jensen of the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Hearing the same names for Temple from several directions: Adam Fisher, Pat Chambers, Karl Hobbs. Also heard maybe Nolan Smith, Bruiser Flint.
— Mike Jensen (@jensenoffcampus) March 23, 2023
The Temple job has been open since last week when the school fired Aaron McKie after four seasons.
Fisher is the man several Penn State players want to succeed Shrewsberry. He’s a 2006 graduate with coaching experience at Villanova, Boston and Miami.
He was on the staff at Villanova under Jay Wright as a graduate assistant from 2007-2009 and director of basketball operations from 2009-2011. He returned to Penn State as a video coordinator in 2011 and was promoted to director of player development.
Before joining Shrewsberry, Fisher was on Miami’s staff for eight years, six of those were under Jim Larranaga. Miami had the best stretch in its program history from 2014-2018 when it was the 2015 NIT runner-up, made the Sweet 16 in 2016 and added two more tournament appearances in 2017 and ‘18.
Chambers was Penn State’s last full-time head coach before Shrewsberry got the job in the spring of 2021. He resigned in the fall of 2020 amid controversial circumstances after nine seasons, and Jim Ferry took over on an interim basis for that hectic, COVID-themed campaign.
After a season away, Chambers was an assistant in Philadelphia at LaSalle for the 2021-22 campaign before taking over at Florida Gulf Coast. Chambers and Gulf Coast went 17-15 this season.
Other coaches Jensen reported that Temple’s looking at are former George Washington boss and current Rutgers associate head coach Karl Hobbs, Louisville assistant and former Duke Blue Devil Nolan Smith and Kentucky assistant Brusier Flint.