Class of 1995

William "Bill" Chambers

Bill Chambers was born on December 13, 1930 in Lynchburg, Virginia.  He began his basketball career at Lynchburg’s E.C. Glass High School, where in his senior year, he was center on an undefeated (22-0) State Championship Team.
 
Chambers went on to play basketball at the College of William & Mary, where he also earned his BS in Physical Education.  At William & Mary, he was All-State, All-Southern Conference and Helms All-American.  In his senior year, Chambers set a NCAA single game rebound record of 51 rebounds against the University of Virginia.  Also that year, he was selected as Virginia’s Outstanding Collegiate Basketball Player.
 
After graduating from William & Mary, Chambers began his coaching career at Warwick High School.  After one year at Warwick, he interrupted his coaching career to try out for the Minneapolis Lakers.  When he was cut by the Lakers, Chambers resumed his coaching at Newport News High School.  His three years at Newport News produced a 67-8 win-loss record and two State Championship teams in 1956 and 1957.  The Peninsula Sports Club honored Chambers in 1957 as their Man of the Year in Sports.
 
Chambers returned to his alma mater in Williamsburg as Head basketball coach in 1957.  He coached at William & Mary for nine years, six of those years being winning seasons.
 
After leaving William & Mary, Chambers had a successful business career in the sporting goods industry with sales and management positions with Converse and Russell Athletic before retiring in August 1994.
 
Chambers’ playing and coaching accomplishments have been recognized by his induction into the College of William & Mary Athletic Hall of Fame in 1973 and the Lynchburg Area Sports Hall of Fame in 1998.  

   
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