Chambers named to be the next head coach of women’s basketball
The College of Southern Maryland Athletics has hired Ernest Chambers to be the next head coach of the women’s basketball program.
Chambers was most recently an assistant coach for the CSM men’s basketball program, starting in that role during the 2018-19 season.
A former multi-sport athlete himself, Chambers’ basketball career consisted primarily of playing overseas in Europe and South Korea while stationed overseas in the United States Air Force. During this period, he received numerous individual and team accolades. Chambers also enjoyed a short stint as an NCAA Division III extra at Louisiana College in the mid-1980s. Chambers traveled through the UK and Germany in the early 80s during his brief but successful career as an amateur combatant in the armed forces. He was crowned UK Athletic Conference Light Heavyweight and Inter-Service Boxing Champion (1984-85) and received a prestigious invitation to attend the Army Inter-Service Boxing Camp/Competition in San Antonio, Texas. He was a star fighter in sold out bouts in London and Dunoon, Scotland.
Since arriving in the Mid-Atlantic region, he has coached many of the region’s most competitive AAU, CYO and youth basketball teams. Many of its teams have featured some of the best basketball talent in the region, a number of whom have earned full scholarships to NCAA Divisions I, II, III, junior colleges, and NAIA institutions. Among his notable coaches, he coached the University of Iowa’s Luka Garza, the 2021 NCAA Naismith Men’s Player of the Year. In addition to coaching at the College of Southern Maryland, Chambers is a league commissioner and founder of the CLPL (College Level Players League), which hosts highly competitive play sessions featuring some of the best former college basketball players. and current Southern Maryland and high-level. school prospects. He has professional/graduate degrees and certificates from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), the University of Oklahoma (OU), Georgetown University, and Mercyhurst College, respectively.
“Whenever you get the opportunity to put your stamp on a program like the one we have here, you’re overjoyed at the prospect of what can be done,” Chambers said. “I relish the opportunity to establish a winning culture in the women’s program. I truly believe that our time has come.
“I had an amazing time with the men’s program and will always serve in a deputy role with them,” Chambers said. “When this opportunity presented itself, I jumped at it. In fact, I started my coaching career with an AAU women’s program in Las Vegas. basketball at that time, I helped develop some of the talent that changed the balance of power in the state from Northern Nevada to Southern Nevada The young girls I helped train and coach at the time won four straight state championship titles, ending a nearly half-century drought for the southern part of the state. So women’s basketball has always had a special place in my heart.
“With the level of talent we have in the Southern Maryland area, I think we will be able to grow ours and really help these budding student-athletes take it to the next level through their participation in our CSM women’s basketball program,” Chambers said. “Female basketball recruits who want to develop their athletic and academic skills before moving on to a four-year college, especially in our region, should seriously consider starting their college careers at CSM.
“I just want to reiterate how grateful I am for this opportunity,” Chambers said. “I’ve always had a love affair with this game. I’ve worked hard to be the best I can be; to learn as much as I can about it and to be that diligent student of the game. That’s not going to change. I’ll enjoy this opportunity to mentor our student-athletes while bringing honor to our institution of higher learning. My ultimate goal is to serve our community – and win lots of games while doing so!”