Bill Chambers has stepped down/retired as the head Boys Basketball Coach at Northern Guilford High School:Looking back at Bill Chambers’ basketball career

Posted by Press Release on October 14, 2019 at 5:06 pm under High School | 4 Comments to Read

Northern Guilford would like to announce the retirement of longtime Men’s basketball coach Bill Chambers. Northern would like to thank Bill for his service to our athletes and our community and wish him success in his adventures in retirement.

**********Northern Guilford has named Kellen Parrish as the interim head coach.**********

++++++++++Derek Hodge will continue as a member of the staff as assistant coach.++++++++++

Brian Thomas
Northern Guilford Athletic Director

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With Bill Chambers, the now former head boys basketball coach at Northern Guilford High School riding off into the sunset, let’s look back at his time at Northern Guilford and at his other stops along the way….

Head boys basketball coach at Northern Guilford from 2012-2013 season until 2018-2019 season….7 year head coach at Northern Guilford for boys basketball…Took over for Ryan Freeman, who had replaced Stan Kowalewski…

At Northern Bill Chambers by way of MaxPreps.com….
119-74 overall and 80-27 in the Mid-State 3-A Conference….Coach Chambers averaged 12 conference wins a season pretty much the entire time he was coaching at Northern….Led Northern to the NCHSAA 3-A Eastern Regional Final, versus Eastern Guilford at Fayetteville State University in 2017-2018…2017-2018 team finished (23-6) overall and (12-2) in the conference…..

Bill Chambers also coached at Dudley High School and he took the Dudley Panthers to the finals of the Little Four Tournament at the Greensboro Coliseum…

Bill Chambers coached college basketball at Greensboro College and also at North Carolina Wesleyan….

Chambers coached Middle School Basketball at Kernodle Middle School and he was the first boys basketball coach at Kernodle…He also taught French at Kernodle…

Coach Chambers played high school basketball for the Grimsley Whirlies where he was All-State and pretty sure he played for the legendary Bob Jamieson, back in the day….

And Coach Chambers played college basketball for the legendary Dean Smith, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill…Coach Chambers averaged around 25 points per game his senior year in high school and also started as a senior at UNC…

Bill Chambers played professional basketball in France and in Belgium after graduating from North Carolina…

Mr. Chambers dad played and coached at E.C. Glass in Lynchburg, Virginia and played college basketball at William and Mary and Bill Chambers dad was one of the top college rebounders in NCAA men’s basketball history with game, season and career rebounding records….

Big-time high school and college basketball player, Bill Chambers and an excellent coach as well….

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from the Guilford County schools on Bill Chambers and some of the same notes, that we had:

Bill Chambers is a Greensboro native and a 1972 graduate of Grimsley High School. In high school he lettered 3 years in basketball, and in his last season, was named All-State as well as prep All-American Top 100 seniors in the country.

In the fall of 1972 Chambers enrolled at UNC Chapel Hill on an athletic grant-in-aid and played for the legendary Coach Dean Smith. He was named captain his senior year and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology in 1976.

After college he went to play professional basketball in Belgium. There he played 3 years for the Pepinster Basketball Club and one season for the Ensival Club. After a four year stint, he returned to Greensboro in 1980. In 1982 he earned his teaching certification in French and Social Studies from UNC Greensboro.

In 1982 Chambers became the boys’ varsity basketball coach at Dudley High School. He led the Panthers to several successful seasons earning conference coach-of-the-year honors in 1984 and 1986 as well as a Little Four Championship in 1985 before joining the college ranks.

In 1986 Chambers was named head men’s basketball coach at North Carolina Wesleyan College in Rocky Mount. During his 9 year stay at Wesleyan, the team won several Dixie Conference Championships and, in 1987, made it to the Final Eight in the nation for NCAA Division III colleges. He was named conference coach-of-the-year in 1989, 1990, and 1995. In October of 2003, Bill Chambers was inducted into the North Carolina Wesleyan Athletic Hall of Fame as the basketball coach with the most career wins.

He finished his college career in 2000 after five successful seasons coaching the men’s team at Greensboro College.

In the fall of 2000, Coach Chambers returned to the classroom teaching French at Kernodle Middle School. There he coached the boys’ basketball team and compiled a record of 116-43 (.729 winning percentage) over 12 years. His team won the conference championship six times.

In 2012 he returned to the high school level as the head coach at Northern Guilford High School. During his seven seasons the Nighthawks have amassed a 124-77 overall record, and a 87-31 record in the Mid-State 3-A Conference.

The team advanced to the second round of the state playoffs his first four seasons and, in his fifth, made it to the Final Four in the state. During the 2017-18 season the Nighthawks won the conference with a 12-2 record as well as winning the conference tournament. That year their final record was 23-6 and they made it to the Sweet 16 in the state playoffs.


  • Andy Durham said,

    from Northern Guilford Basketball:
    Northern Guilford HS Men’s Basketball

    We would like to recognize
    @bchambers42
    ’s numerous contributions to this program over the past years. He has impacted the lives of many young men at NGHS both on and off the court and the program has thrived under his leadership. We wish him the best in retirement. Well-earned!

  • Andy Durham said,

    from Joe Sirera on Twitter:
    Joe Sirera
    @JoeSireraNR
    @nghs_basketball
    head coach Bill Chambers has retired, per a news release from AD Brian Thomas. Kellen Parrish is the Nighthawks’ interim head coach and Derek Hodge will remain a member of the staff as an assistant coach…

  • Andy Durham said,

    from Twitter:
    Jill Campbell Hodge
    @JillCHodge
    I personally want to thank you @bchambers42
    for the example you set and the culture you created at @nghs_basketball
    . My guys were very lucky to play for you. Now go live large in retirement!

  • Andy Durham said,

    I always found this to an interesting note on Bill Chambers dad, also Bill Chambers…I guess we could call our Greensboro Bill Chambers, Billy…

    But here is that note on his dad:
    On February 14 of his senior year in college, at William and Mary, Chambers set an NCAA single game rebound record of 51 against the University of Virginia. It is a record that still stands to this day.

    51 rebounds in one game, that is Wilt Chamberlain-esque for Mr. Chambers….