Bill Chambers (basketball)
|Born||December 13, 1930|
|Died||July 11, 2017 (aged 86)|
Alexander City, Alabama
|Listed height||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|High school||E. C. Glass (Lynchburg, Virginia)|
|College||William & Mary (1950–1953)|
|NBA draft||1953 / Round: – / Pick: –|
|Selected by the Minneapolis Lakers|
|1954–1957||Newport News HS|
|1957–1966||William & Mary|
|Career highlights and awards|
William & Mary
Chambers then went on to play collegiately for the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia from 1950 to 1953. He earned all-state, All-Southern Conference and Helms All-American status while playing for the Tribe. On February 14 of his senior year, Chambers set an NCAA single game rebound record of 51 against the University of Virginia. It is a record that still stands to this day. He was also selected as Virginia's Outstanding Collegiate Basketball Player that same year.
Chambers ended his William & Mary career with 1,456 points. He also set the Virginia schools' record for rebounds in a single season when he grabbed 509 in 1951–52. His jersey number (#32) was retired and now hangs in the rafters of Kaplan Arena.
In 1957, Chambers returned to his alma mater to coach his former team after several years of highly successful high school coaching. Over the course of the next nine seasons (six of which were winning years), he compiled at 113–110 career record, a win total not surpassed by any other W&M men's basketball coach until Tony Shaver passed the mark in February 2013. The most notable win during his tenure was on January 30, 1960, when his unranked Tribe defeated No. 4 West Virginia University 94–86. The win broke the Mountaineers' 56-game Southern Conference winning streak. For his accomplishments, Chambers has been inducted into the William & Mary Hall of Fame. In 1995, Chambers was also inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame.
Head coaching record
|William & Mary Indians (Southern Conference) (1957–1966)|
|1957–58||William & Mary||15–14||9–9||5th|
|1958–59||William & Mary||13–11||7–7||4th|
|1959–60||William & Mary||15–11||10–5||3rd|
|1960–61||William & Mary||14–10||9–6||4th|
|1961–62||William & Mary||7–17||5–11||T–8th|
|1962–63||William & Mary||15–9||10–5||3rd|
|1963–64||William & Mary||9–13||5–9||7th|
|1964–65||William & Mary||12–13||6–8||6th|
|1965–66||William & Mary||13–12||8–3||3rd|
|William & Mary:||113–110 (.507)||69–63 (.523)|
Later years and death
After retiring from coaching in 1966, Chambers worked in sales and management for the Converse shoe company and later became a salesman of sporting goods in Florida. In 1990, he was appointed vice president of sales for Russell Athletic.
- HOF Inductees 1995: Bill Chambers Archived February 28, 2008, at the Wayback Machine. Accessed March 19, 2008.
- William & Mary 2007–08 Media Guide – All-Time Stats & Players Archived July 5, 2008, at the Wayback Machine. Accessed March 19, 2008.
- Virginia Basketball Records: Men's Division I Individual Records[permanent dead link]. Accessed March 19, 2008.
- "Tribe Sweeps Season Series with ODU as Tony Shaver Sets W&M Wins Mark". Comcast SportsNet Washington. Archived from the original on April 8, 2013. Retrieved February 19, 2013.
- "2011-12 Tribe Men's Basketball Media Supplement". College of William & Mary. Retrieved February 13, 2015.
- O'Connor, John (July 15, 2017). "Former W&M star Bill Chambers, NCAA record-holder with 51 rebounds in a game, dies". Richmond Times-Dispatch. Retrieved July 16, 2017.