Coach Chambers steps down from lead role with women’s basketball program

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By Ali Lee, Vikes Communications

March 7, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – The University of Victoria Vikes will have a permanent change in leadership for the Vikes women’s basketball program in 2013-14. Current head coach Rich Chambers is stepping down from his role due to personal and family circumstances.

Chambers, who started his inaugural season with the Vikes in 2011-12, guided the Vikes through a transition year to finish 8-10 in the Canada West. Chambers’ recruiting efforts paid off, as the Vikes, with healthy contributions from the freshman class, went on to take the Vikes to a 16-6 record qualifying them for the 2013 Canada West playoff run.

This season, due to personal circumstances, Chambers was unable to fulfill day-to-day coaching responsibilities, leaving associate coach Dani Sinclair to lead the charge from Victoria. Chambers stayed on board as the overall leader of the program but directed his focus to program management and recruitment for the coming year

“Vikes athletics has benefited tremendously from Rich Chambers’ leadership,” said Clint Hamilton, director of Vikes Athletics and Recreation. “A tireless worker with tremendous passion and energy, coach Chambers made a very positive impact on the culture of our women’s basketball program that will be embedded for years to come.”

With personal circumstances continuing, Chambers will be unable to make that commitment for the coming 2013-14 season and as a result, will step down from the head coach position with the program. Chambers will continue to work with Vikes basketball as an associate coach, supporting player development and recruiting.

“It has been unbelievable how much I miss coaching at UVic but Dani did a wonderful job and the girls had a very, very successful season,” said Chambers, also a recent Basketball B.C. Hall of Fame inductee. “If life were different right now, I would be at UVic for a long time but unfortunately sometimes we get turned down a road that we can’t have any influence on. I am excited to still be affiliated with the UVic women’s and men’s basketball programs in some capacity.”

Chambers currently resides in Port Moody, B.C. and plans on staying engaged in basketball as the head coach of the Under 19 Canadian women’s team that is preparing for the World Championships this summer in Lithuania.

“UVic is grateful for coach Chambers’ contribution to our athletic program and certainly understand the circumstances leading to him stepping down from his leadership role,” added Hamilton. “We are pleased that he will remain engaged with Vikes basketball going forward.”

Vikes Athletics and Recreation will now embark on a search for the new leader of the Vikes Women’s basketball program. For more information on this position, please refer to the University of Victoria’s Career Opportunities website at https://uhire/uvic.ca or contact James Keogh, Manager, Vikes Athletics at jkeogh@uvic.ca.

For media enquiries, please contact Ali Lee, Vikes Communications Officer, at 250-721-8410 or vicvikes@uvic.ca

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