Patrick Chambers was named Associate Head Coach in September 2008, succeeding Brett Gunning, who accepted a position with the National Basketball Association's Houston Rockets. Chambers has responsibilities in all areas of the program, including recruiting, on-court teaching and player development.
The longest tenured member of Wright's staff came to Villanova in 2004 as director of basketball operations. After spending one year in that role he was named an assistant coach. In his four seasons on staff, Villanova owns a 96-37 (.722) record and has made three appearances in the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16.
"Pat has learned every facet of our program over these last four seasons and has become one of the bright young coaches in our business," states Villanova head coach Jay Wright. "He has an incredible passion and intensity level in everything he does. His infectious personality is a great asset to our staff."
This Delaware County native has roots that run deep in the Philadelphia area.
As a player, Chambers earned a niche in the lore at Philadelphia University from 1990-94. After arriving at the school without a scholarship, Chambers became the starting point guard, establishing the school record for assists (709) in the process. During his stint with the Rams, Chambers helped spark the squad to a pair of NCAA Division II Elite Eight appearances and another pair of Sweet 16 finishes.
Following graduation, Chambers served for one season as an assistant coach at Delaware Valley College.
In 1999, Chambers was named top varsity assistant coach at Episcopal Academy. Chambers worked alongside Epsicopal Academy head coach Dan Dougherty, who holds a place in Villanova lore as an assistant coach on the 1971 Wildcat squad which reached the NCAA Final.
Chambers also spent time as a special assistant to his former college coach, Herb Magee at Philadelphia University. In that capacity he assisted Magee with player development off the court, designed off-season workouts and scouted opponents.
The 36-year old Chambers was is married to the former Courtney Sullivan. The couple makes its home in Bryn Mawr, Pa., and is expecting its first child in November.