The 37th Annual Buddy LaRosa High School Sports Hall of Fame - Coach Tom Chambers
Coach Tom Chambers for four decades was one of Greater Cincinnati's most revered baseball coaches, having sent an incredible 79 players on to college baseball programs throughout the United States and three players to the major leagues -- Cincinnati Reds' Ron Oester, Tony Scott (Montreal) and Shannon Penn (Detroit).
He is the only head coach in any sport in the history of the Cincinnati Public Schools to have served as long as he has -- coaching a combined 41 years at Withrow High School, one year at Riverview East High School and one at Woodward. In all, he has compiled an overall high school career record of 577-442. At Withrow, his Tiger teams captured nine Cincinnati Public High School League championships, three sectional titles, two district titles, one regional championship and one appearance in the Ohio final four. He filled in as Withrow's cross-country coach from 1969-1972, and was the "Voice of the Tigers" as the school's public address announcer for both the football and basketball games for more than 30 years.
A graduate of Woodward, where he played three seasons of baseball, Chambers went on to a four-year career at the University of Cincinnati where he was team captain and the team's MVP. At 71, and married 41 years, Tom and his wife, Linda, have a daughter, Bobbi, and son, Randy, and two grandchildren.