Juco Coach Moves To D1 Ranks…
LAS VEGAS – Tim Chambers has been named the sixth UNLV head baseball coach in history, Director of Athletics Jim Livengood announced Friday.
One of the country’s most successful baseball mentors at the high school, American Legion and then junior college levels over the past two decades, Chambers takes over the Rebels after 11 seasons leading the nationally ranked College of Southern Nevada program. He has also served as athletics director for CSN since 2003.
“Tim Chambers brings an incredibly accomplished resume with him to UNLV after his years at Bishop Gorman High School and at the College of Southern Nevada,” Livengood said. “His knowledge for the game, his love of this community and his total commitment to excellence were all factors that brought us to the decision to hire him to lead our baseball program. Timing is everything and this is the right time for Tim Chambers and the right time for UNLV.”
Named the Scenic West Athletic Conference Coach of the Year four times, including this season, Chambers built the Coyotes’ powerful program from the ground up and has enjoyed stunning success: seven conference championships, three region titles, two district crowns and the 2003 JUCO World Series Championship. This year’s squad, led by top Major League Baseball draft pick Bryce Harper, was ranked second in the nation and finished 52-16 overall after reaching the national semifinals earlier this month.
“I want to thank my family at CSN for everything over the past 11 years and now I am looking forward to starting a new family at UNLV,” Chambers said. “I’m doing this to have a chance to go to Omaha (for the College World Series). I don’t know of many people who get the opportunity to coach at the high school, junior college and Division One levels all in the same town, so this can be something really special.”
Before moving to CSN, Chambers served as head coach at Las Vegas’ Bishop Gorman High School from 1991-99 where he won six consecutive Sunset Division championships (1992-97) and was the state runner-up in 1997. The NIAA High School Baseball Coach of the Year in 1993 and ’94 was also head coach of the American Legion Las Vegas Knights from 1991-99, winning numerous local, regional and national awards. The three-time state champions played in the 1998 American Legion World Series and finished the season ranked fifth in the nation.
After a college playing career that saw him named all-conference at three different schools, including earning All-America honors at Dixie College in 1984, Chambers earned his bachelor’s degree from Southern Utah University in 1989. He and his wife, Kimberlie, have two daughters, McKenzie (16) and Chase (3).