Tim Chambers (baseball)

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Tim Chambers
Biographical details
Born(1965-01-27)January 27, 1965
Claremore, Oklahoma, U.S.
DiedOctober 27, 2019(2019-10-27) (aged 54)
Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
Alma mater Southern Utah State College
Playing career
1984 Dixie JC
1985 Utah Tech JC
1986 Southern Utah State
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1991–1999 Bishop Gorman HS
2000–2010 Southern Nevada CC
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
2003–2010Southern Nevada CC
Head coaching record
TournamentsNCAA: 1–2
Accomplishments and honors
MW regular season (2014)
MW Coach of the Year (2014)

Timothy Doyle Chambers (January 27, 1965 – October 27, 2019) [1] was an American college baseball coach. He was head coach of the UNLV Rebels baseball team from 2011 to 2015. He was named to that position prior to the 2011 season. [2] [3] [4]


Born in Claremore, Oklahoma, Chambers graduated from Pleasant Grove High School in Pleasant Grove, Utah. [2] [5] He played at three colleges and earned all-conference honors at all three. These included Dixie State, where he was an All-American in 1984. [2] In 1985, Chambers transferred to Utah Technical College, [6] then to Southern Utah, where he earned his degree in 1989. He began his coaching career in 1991 at Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas, where he remained until 1999. In his time with the Gaels, the team won six consecutive Sunset Division championships, and were the state runners up in 1997. Chambers was named NIAA Coach of the Year in 1992 and 1993. He also coached the Las Vegas Knights of American Legion Baseball, where he won three state championships and reached the 1998 American Legion World Series. [2]

In 2000, Chambers was hired to coach the Southern Nevada Coyotes baseball team, an NJCAA squad in Las Vegas. As the first Coyotes coach to manage a game (first coach Roger Fairless resigned prior to the program's first competition due to health issues), Chambers built the program to a major power, including seven conference championships, the regional titles, two district championships and the 2003 NJCAA World Series title. In 2010, Chambers coached the Bryce Harper-led Coyotes to the NJCAA Semifinals. [2]

In the summer of 2010, the Washington Nationals, who would later draft Harper first overall, courted Chambers to be a scout. [7] Instead, a month later Chambers was introduced as the head coach at UNLV, following Buddy Gouldsmith's resignation. [4] In his three seasons, the Rebels have reached 30 wins twice and claimed wins over several ranked teams, including Stanford, TCU, UC Irvine, and Arizona, while entering the rankings in both 2011 and 2013 themselves. [2] Chambers was fired by UNLV in December 2015 after being arrested for driving under the influence. [8]

Chambers died on October 27, 2019. [9]

Head coaching record

Statistics overview
UNLV Rebels (Mountain West Conference)(2011–2015)
2011 UNLV 33–2510–135th
2012 UNLV 26–317–174th
2013 UNLV 36–1818–122nd
2014 UNLV 36–2520–10T–1st NCAA Regional
2015 UNLV 25–3110–206th

      National champion        Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion        Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion      Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

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