STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Twoweeks ago Sandy Barbour said she was optimistic Pat Chambers and Penn State would soon reach a contract extension. Sure enough on Thursday afternoon both sides agreed to and signed a new deal.
“Coach Chambers has demonstrated tremendous vision and determination in building a strong foundation for our men’s basketball program,” Barbour said in a statement. Chambers' new contract will run through the 2021-22 season. “The success the team enjoyed this season was a result of the efforts and passion of Patrick and his staff in creating a culture that has raised the standards and expectations of the program. Because of his leadership, our loyal and dedicated fans and everyone who supports Penn State men’s basketball are excited about continuing to build on the successes of the program and the development of our student-athletes.”
Penn State is coming off a 26-win season and an NIT title. That marked the most successful season during Chambers' tenure, one that started in Happy Valley in June 2011. Chambers helped Penn State break into the recruiting scene in Philadelphia, and with success there also helped develop Tony Carr, who after two seasons with the Nittany Lions declared for the NBA Draft this spring.