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Bill Chambers
Bill Chambers
Year Inducted: 2003
Area of Distinction: Administrator / Coach
Graduation Year: N/A

At the time of his induction, Bill Chambers was the all-time winningnest men’s basketball coach in N.C. Wesleyan history with 140 victories. He led Wesleyan for nine years and was the Dixie Conference Coach of the Year on three occasions.

Chambers' 1986-87 team went 24-7 (11-3 in the DIAC), won the Dixie Conference Tournament with a 74-70 win over UNC Greensboro and advanced to the NCAA Tournament. Those 24 wins, in fact, are still a N.C. Wesleyan school record. That same team won the South Regional with a 66-64 win over Washington (MO), placing them in the “Elite Eight”.

His 1988-89 team went on to win the Dixie Conference Regular Season Championship with a 10-2 mark in the league (18-9 overall), which earned Chambers his first Coach of the Year award. He also earned Coach of the Year Awards in 1990 (20-6, 7-3) and 1995 (16-9, 7-5).

Chambers played collegiately for Dean Smith at the University of North Carolina.