Introduced as just the 12th head coach in Nittany Lion basketball history on June 6, 2011, Patrick Chambers quickly energized the Penn State fan base with his passion and enthusiasm and his team's all-out style of play. Described as passionate, energetic, upbeat and dynamic by media in attendance, Chambers' first appearance as the leader of Penn State basketball was described as "less an introduction than a passionate call to arms" by Blue-White Illustrated's Nate Bauer.
Chambers rise in coaching has been meteoric. He served as a part-time assistant at Episcopal Academy (HS), Director of Operations at Villanova, assistant coach at Villanova, associate head coach on Jay Wright's 2009 NCAA Final Four team and head coach at Boston University in a short seven years prior to leading a Big Ten program. The dizzying pace is reflective of his no holds barred approach to every day.
Chambers came to Penn State from Boston University, where in 2010-11 he led the Terriers to the America East Conference Championship and the program's first NCAA Tournament berth since 2002. He posted a 42-28 record in two years in his first head coaching stint at BU. He was the only BU coach in history to earn 20 wins in each of his first two seasons and the fastest to earn a conference championship in program history.
Associate Head Coach
Philadelphia native Eugene Burroughs joined the Nittany Lion coaching staff in June of 2011. He brings more than 15 years of collegiate coaching experience to his role as associate head coach as well as a long relationship with Head Coach Patrick Chambers dating to high school.
Burroughs was on staff at Navy during Billy Lange's seven-year tenure from 2004-11, starting as and assistant coach and moving to associate head coach in 2010-11. He has strong ties to Villanova coach Jay Wright, serving as an assistant to him at Hofstra from 1997-2000, and to Philadelphia coaching legend Dan Dougherty, having played with Chambers at Episcopal Academy. Burroughs was also an assistant at Marist College and American University
Brian Daly enters his second season as an assistant coach at Penn State. The Philadelphia native previously worked with Head Coach Patrick Chambers at Boston University and was a standout prep player in Philadelphia and later at Saint Joseph's.
Daly joined the Boston University program for the 2009-10 season as an assistant coach after serving for four years as the head coach of the Monsignor Bonner High School boys' varsity team in Philadelphia. He was promoted to associate head coach at BU in May of 2011 after being involved in all of the program's operations, including practice and game planning, academic advising and on-the-floor coaching, specifically with the post players.
Keith Urgo is in his second season as an assistant coach at Penn State and fifth overall in collegiate coaching. Urgo formerly worked with Patrick Chambers as a member of the Villanova coaching staff.
A 2002 graduate of Fairfield University, Urgo played varsity basketball and lacrosse for the Stags. He spent the last four seasons on Jay Wright's staff at Villanova serving for two of those seasons alongside Chambers.
Director of Operations
Ross Condon is in his second season as the Nittany Lions' director of basketball operations. Condon previously served as an assistant coach under Patrick Chambers at Boston University and was a player at Villanova during Chambers's tenure there as an assistant coach.
Condon spent two seasons at Boston University as an assistant coach on Chambers' staff helping guide the Terriers to back-to-back 21-win seasons and post-season appearances both years
Penn State graduate Adam Fisher is in his second season of his second stint with the Penn State program. Promoted to Director of Player Development in 2012, Fisher served as video coordinator in his first season upon returning to his alma mater in 2011. Fisher, who previously worked with Coach Chambers at BU, is a 2006 graduate of Penn State and worked for five seasons as a manager with the Nittany Lion basketball program.
Fisher served the previous two seasons as director of basketball operations on Chambers staff at Boston University helping the Terriers to back-to-back 21-win seasons and post-season appearances both years.