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. The Terriers earned a 21-14 mark for the second straight year under Chambers in 2010-11.
Led by 2011 America East Player-of-the-Year and two-time scoring champion John Holland, BU fell after challenging No. 1 seed Kansas in the Terriers' first NCAA Tournament game since 2002. Chambers led BU to the semifinals of the College Basketball Invitational in 2009-10. The Terriers won at Oregon State and beat Morehead State in the CBI, marking BU's first post-season wins since 1959. BU also posted its first perfect home conference record since 1998. Chambers stocked his Boston University teams with Philadelphia talent, including six players from the Philadelphia area in 2010-11, relying on long standing relationships and his first hand experience in the basketball community in the "City of Brotherly Love." He also energized a stagnant basketball fan base at the hockey-centric school.
A native of Newtown Square, Pa., Chambers previously played for and coached with two of the nation's most successful college coaches. From 2004-09, he was a member of Wright's staff at Villanova University, serving as associate head coach in 2008-09. He helped the Wildcats earn four NCAA Sweet 16 appearances and advance to the 2009 NCAA Final Four during his tenure. Chambers played for Magee at Philadelphia University (formerly Philadelphia Textile), helping Magee become college basketball's all-time victories leader (941) and a 2011 Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame inductee.
Brian Daly is in his fourth season as a member of the Penn State basketball coaching staff and second serving as an associate head coach. After serving his first two seasons in an assistant coaching capacity at Penn State, he was promoted in June of 2013 to his current post. 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 working the sidelines the previous 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 fourth season as a member of the Penn State coaching staff and second serving as an associate head coach. Urgo served for two seasons as an assistant coach at Penn State before being promoted to his current post in June of 2013. He is in his sixth season overall in collegiate coaching and 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.
Dwayne Anderson, a standout leader of Villanova's 2009 NCAA Final Four team, joined the Nittany Lion coaching staff as an assistant coach in July of 2013 and is in his second season with the program.
Anderson takes on his first collegiate coaching position after four highly successful seasons playing professionally in Europe. A 2009 graduate of Villanova University with a degree in sociology, Anderson was coached by Chambers, a former Associate Head Coach in the Villanova program, on highly successful Wildcat teams that made four straight NCAA appearances and reached the Sweet 16 three times.
Ross Condon is in his fourth 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. The Terriers went 21-14 in 2010-11, winning the America East Conference Championship and advancing to their first NCAA Tournament since 2002.
Director of Player Development
Ryan Devlin is in his first season as the Director of Player Development for the Nittany Lions. An eight-year veteran of the coaching profession, he is working at his third level in basketball coaching and development and has experienced great success at every level.
Devlin came to Penn State after four successful seasons as an assistant coach at the College of Southern Idaho. He worked alongside 2011 NJCAA National Coach of the Year Steve Gosar at CSI helping to guide the Golden Eagles to 105-32 record, back-to-back Region 18 regular season and tournament championships (2011 and 2012) and a 2011 NJCAA National Championship during his tenure. In four seasons at CSI, Devlin coached more than 18 athletes that went on to play Division I basketball, including 2011 NJCAA National Player of the Year Pierre Jackson who went on to lead the Big 12 in scoring and assists during a standout career at Baylor University. He worked with four NJCAA All-American honorees and two Region 18 Players of the Year.