Chambers named Naismith Coach of the Year semifinalist

Nittany Lion coach has led Penn State to two 20-win seasons in his tenure

Nittany Lion head basketball coach Patrick Chambers (right), on the sidelines with senior forward Lamar Stevens, has been named a semifinalist for the 2020 Werner Ladder Naismith Coach of the Year semifinalist. Credit: Penn StateCreative Commons

ATLANTA – Penn State men’s basketball coach Patrick Chambers was named one of 10 semifinalists for the 2020 Werner Ladder Naismith Coach of the Year, as announced by the Atlanta Tipoff Club March 6.

Chambers has guided the Nittany Lions to 21 overall wins and 11 Big Ten Conference wins, most league wins in his tenure at Penn State. An eight-game Big Ten Conference game win streak in January and February was the Nittany Lions’ longest in program history. Penn State has been ranked in the Associated Press poll for 10 weeks, and earned a ranking of ninth in the Associated Press poll, tying its highest in program history.

The Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, native is one of only two Nittany Lion coaches to register two 21-win seasons in Penn State’s Big Ten era and his 148 wins at Penn State are tied for fourth on the all-time wins list.

Ten college basketball coaches across eight different conferences are in the running for the 2020 Werner Ladder Naismith Men’s Coach of the Year Award, as announced by the Atlanta Tipoff Club today. Chambers joins John Calipari (Kentucky), Scott Drew (Baylor), Brian Dutcher (San Diego State), Mark Few (Gonzaga), Anthony Grant (Dayton), Leonard Hamilton (Florida State), Greg McDermott (Creighton), Bruce Pearl (Auburn) and Mark Pope (BYU).

Penn State will bring a No. 6 seed to the 2020 Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis and play its first game on Thursday, March 12. The Nittany Lions tied for fifth in the league rankings.

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Last Updated March 09, 2020