An experienced basketball coach and former military athlete, Coach Ernest B. Chambers Jr. joined the staff of the College of Southern Maryland Hawks men’s basketball team during the 2018-19 season. A former multi-sport athlete himself, Coach Chambers’ basketball career consisted mostly of play overseas in Europe and South Korea while stationed abroad in the United States Air Force. During that time, he received numerous individual and team accolades. Coach Chambers also enjoyed a short stint as an NCAA Division III walk-on at Louisiana College in the mid-’80s. Coach Chambers traveled across the United Kingdom and Germany in the early ‘80s during his brief but successful career as an amateur fighter in the Armed Forces. He was crowned the United Kingdom Sports Conference Light Heavyweight and Inter-Service Boxing Champion (1984-1985) and received a prestigious invite to participate in the military’s inter-service boxing camp/competition in San Antonio, Texas. He was a featured fighter during sold-out bouts in London and Dunoon, Scotland.
Since the time of his arrival to the mid-Atlantic region, he has served as a coach for several of the area’s most competitive AAU, CYO and youth basketball teams. Many of his teams have featured some of the area’s top basketball talent, a number of whom achieved full scholarships to Division I, II, III, junior college and NAIA institutions. Among his coaching notables, he coached the University of Iowa's Luka Garza, the NCAA men’s Naismith Player of the Year. In addition to his JUCO coaching at the College of Southern Maryland, Coach Chambers serves as league commissioner and founder for the CLPL (College Level Players League), which conducts highly competitive sessions of play featuring some of Southern Maryland's premier former and current college basketball players and high school prospects. He possesses degrees and professional/graduate certificates from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), University of Oklahoma (OU), Georgetown University and Mercyhurst College, respectively.