Head coach Michael Shafer announced the hiring of former Georgia standout Cori Chambers to the women’s basketball staff June 26, 2013. She enters her second season as a Spider.
“We are very excited to have Cori join our staff,” said Shafer. “I truly believe that we got the best person for our particular position at this time. I have known Cori for a while now, as I recruited and coached her at Georgia. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to bring Cori to Richmond and get to work with her again. Cori’s passion for the game, teaching and work ethic are traits that we believe will help our current group of student-athletes. She has the great ability to relate to student-athletes, both current and prospective. She is a tremendous communicator and has always valued academic excellence, which will help her become a terrific coach at Richmond. Cori has a great future ahead of her and we look forward to benefitting greatly from her working here. This is a great day for Richmond women’s basketball.”
“I’m really excited to join the University of Richmond staff and community,” said Chambers. “The campus is gorgeous and I’ve missed southern hospitality. I’ve known Coach Shafer a long time and I know what it takes to be a successful recruiter. I can’t wait to get started!”
Chambers spent the last two seasons at Stony Brook University as an assistant coach under Beth O’Boyle. Chambers guided the Seawolves to a 10-win turnaround in 2012-13 and a No. 4 seed at the America East tournament. Chambers helped Stony Brook to 14 wins last season, its most since 2006-07. Chambers helped guide the Seawolves’ defense that ranked third in the conference in steals.
Prior to Stony Brook, Chambers was a standout player at the University of Georgia, playing under Shafer for two seasons. After Georgia, Chambers played professionally for the WNBA's Connecticut Sun. Chambers also served as the Director of Basketball Operations at Marist College from 2009-11.
In her two years at Marist, the Red Foxes went 57-11 and advanced to the NCAA tournament in both seasons. In 2010-11, Marist posted a 31-3 record and was ranked No. 21 in the final ESPN/USA Today coaches poll.
Chambers played at Georgia from 2003-07 and is the Lady Bulldogs' all-time career leader in three-pointers made with 282, including a program-record 85 triples during her senior year of 2006-07. Chambers also played in a program-best 106 games in her career, pouring in 1,490 points and averaging 11.0 points per game. The Lady Bulldogs reached the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament in each of Chambers' four seasons, advancing as far as the Elite 8 in 2004.
A Southeastern Conference (SEC) All-Freshman team selection in 2004, Chambers was a second-team All-SEC pick as a junior and senior.
Following her illustrious career at Georgia, Chambers was drafted in the second round of the 2007 WNBA draft by the Sun. She played one season with Connecticut before taking her talents overseas for the Shelen ETK Basket Club in Russia and the S-dent Sierre Basket Club in Switzerland.
A 2007 graduate of Georgia, Chambers earned a bachelor's degree in business administration and management from the Terry School of Business.
Chambers will reside in Richmond.
THE CORI CHAMBERS FILE
Hometown: Elmsford, N.Y.
College: University of Georgia
University of Richmond (2013-present)
Stony Brook University (2011-2013)
Marist University (2009-2011)
WNBA Connecticut Sun (2007)
Professional Basketball, Russia (2007)
Professional Basketball, Switzerland (2008)
Professional Basketball, Israel (2008)