Chambers will be announced as UFTL’s coach in a press conference Tuesday
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – University of Fort Lauderdale Vice President of Athletics and Student Success Ernest T. Jones announced the hiring of Miami Dolphins legend Chris Chambers as the next head football coach for the Eagles. Chambers will be formally announced as UFTL’s coach on Tuesday, April 27, in a press conference at the University of Fort Lauderdale’s Convention Center. The press conference will begin at 3 p.m. ET. Face masks & social distancing will be required at the event.
“I am excited to announce Coach Chambers as our head football coach,” Jones said. “His commitment to the university, community, and our athletic department will help elevate UFTL to new heights.”
Chambers, a Cleveland, Ohio native, brings a wealth of knowledge through his time in the NFL and at the Collegiate levels. He looks to use what he has learned to take the UFTL football program to the next level.
“Everything I have done to this point in my professional and post career has led me to this great opportunity to be the UFTL head coach,” Chambers said. “I look forward to building our football program and giving these student athletes the necessary support and guidance to be successful on the field, and in life.”
While in high school, he was honored in football, as he was named an All-America and was a two-time all-state selection, while in basketball, Chambers was a third-team all-state performer as a senior and also his senior year, he would win the state championship in the 400-meter dash.
Chambers received a scholarship to play basketball and football at the University of Wisconsin; he later decided to only focus on football due to the rigorous schedule of the two sports and a full-time class schedule. As a Badger, he would help the team with two Big Ten Championships and two Rose Bowls. While in Madison, he would amass 127 receptions, 2,004 yards and 16 touchdowns. Chambers earned team MVP honors during his senior year in Madison.
He was taken 52nd overall in the 2001 National Football League Draft by the Miami Dolphins. Chambers played six seasons with the Dolphins, where he would record 5,688 yards on 405 catches, with 43 touchdowns. He was named the team Rookie of the Year and the Dolphins Man of the Year. In 2005, Chambers would have his best season in the NFL as he was named the Dolphin’s team MVP and was selected to his first Pro Bowl.
He was traded to the San Diego Chargers in 2007, where he helped the team reach the AFC Championship game. During a two-year stint, Chambers recorded 77 receptions for 1,139 yards and 10 scores. He signed with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2009, where he helped guide the team to an AFC West division championship in 2010. Chambers ended his time in KC amassing a total of 1,139 yards and 10 touchdowns on 77 catches.
Before his hiring at UFTL, Chambers owned and operated a sports performance training company called Chamber Fitness, “The Chamber”, from 2012-2017. Chambers is also the founder of the CATCH84 Foundation (Children Achieving Through Community Help).