BU's Patrick Chambers nets extension

Updated: May 6, 2011, 1:46 PM ET
By Jack McCluskey | Special to ESPNBoston.com

In just his second season as the men's basketball coach at Boston University, Patrick Chambers helped bring about a remarkable turnaround that took the Terriers from middle of the pack to America East champions and to the NCAA tournament.

As a result, Chambers signed an extension on Thursday that keeps him at BU through the 2015-16 season, assistant vice president and director of athletics Mike Lynch announced.

"It was a great surprise to be honest with you," Chambers said by phone Friday. "It came out of left field. I really appreciate it."

The former Villanova assistant had two years plus an option remaining on his original deal with BU, which would have taken him through the 2013-14 season. Chambers said the two added years give him peace of mind, knowing he won't have to move his wife and two young children anytime soon.

"This business can be a little bit crazy with the coaching carousel, with the hirings and firings," he said. "By giving me this extension they're saying they're committed to me and my staff."

The Terriers were just 10-13 at the end of January, but ripped off an 11-game winning streak to hurtle to the top of the America East standings. They won the conference tournament title on their home floor to make the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2002.

Those accomplishments were enough for Lynch and BU executive vice president Joseph Mercurio to approach Chambers about an extension, something they did before the Terriers even played in the NCAA tournament.

That BU lost handily to Kansas -- well, that was not as important.

Chambers (42-28) won 20 games in each of his first two seasons, a first for BU, and won the conference title quicker than any previous Terriers coach.

"I'm thrilled that coach Chambers has agreed to lead our men's basketball team for many more years to come," Lynch said in a statement. "At his first press conference, I stated that I wanted a coach who would not only help elevate the program but also the athletic department to the next level. If the incredible atmosphere at Agganis Arena during the America East championship game is any indicator, we are well on our way."

Although the Terriers lose John Holland, the 2010-11 America East Player of the Year and the second-leading scorer in school history, to graduation, the rest of the starting lineup will be back: juniors Darryl Partin and Patrick Hazel, and freshmen D.J. Irving and Dom Morris.

Jake O'Brien, a junior tri-captain (along with Partin and Matt Griffin), also should be back after missing most of the season with a broken bone in his foot.

"With all the injuries and things you never know what could happen, but we're definitely going to have a good team," Chambers said. "During spring workouts I was fired up and ready to go. I was hoping the season could start right then and there."

Though he's happy with what the team has done so far, Chambers said it's not yet where he and the administration want it to be. Much work remains to be done, and the extension won't change the coach's unflagging approach.

"I'm as competitive as they come and I'm gonna go out and work just as hard," he said. "Nothing's gonna change. We're gonna keep this thing moving in the right direction."

Jack McCluskey is an editor for ESPN.com and contributes to ESPNBoston.com.

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