FORT MYERS, Fla. – Former Penn State standout Shep Garner has joined the FGCU men’s basketball program as the Director of Video Operations as announced by head coach Pat Chambers today.
“To have Shep as part of our staff is so terrific; he’s been a winner at every level and knows what it takes to have success daily,” said Chambers. “We’ve obviously had a long relationship together. His experience and passion for the game will be terrific for our players to be around every day.”
Garner was a standout at Penn State during Chambers’ time in Happy Valley and a key figure in helping the program win the 2018 NIT Championship. The shooting guard still ranks as the No. 6 scorer in program history with 1,629 points, started 133-of-138 games played, and logged 4,443 career minutes – second in Big Ten history. As a senior in 2018, he set a Penn State and Big Ten record for made three pointers (120) and finished his career as the program’s all-time leader in career threes (336). He was a part of 75 wins during his career which was the most in a four-year span in the program’s Big Ten era when he graduated.
Following his Penn State career, Garner played with the Grand Rapids Drive during the 2018-19 G-League season before then playing internationally for Venados de Mazatlan of the CIBACOPA (Mexico). With Grand Rapids, he played in 42 games averaging just under six points per game. He played in just two games with Venados de Mazatlan before the season was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
He began his coaching career during the 2021-22 season where he was an assistant coach at Chester High School in his hometown of Chester, Pa. He helped guide the Clippers to a District 1 Class 5A championship.
Prior to playing at Penn State, Garner was a three-time All-Catholic and All-Pennsylvania honoree at Roman Catholic in Philadelphia. He scored 1,000 points and averaged just under 16 points per game over his career.
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Pat Chambers was officially introduced as the fifth FGCU men’s basketball head coach in March 2022 bringing a wealth of experience in college basketball highlighted by head coaching stints at Penn State and Boston University. Chambers spent nine years leading the Penn State (2011-20) program and two years as head coach at Boston University (2009-11). He has 190 career victories in that span including four 20-plus win seasons. Part of his career as a head coach was highlighted by leading the Nittany Lions to a No. 9 national ranking in 2019-20 which tied the program’s best-ever ranking set in 1996. Prior to becoming a head coach, he spent five seasons as part of the Villanova staff helping the Wildcats to a Final Four (2009), two Elite Eight , and three Sweet Sixteen appearances during his tenure.
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FGCU teams have combined to win an incredible 92 conference regular season and tournament titles in just 14+ seasons at the Division I level. Additionally, in just 10 seasons of DI postseason eligibility, the Eagles have had a combined 44 teams or individuals compete in NCAA championships. Eight FGCU programs have earned a top-25 national ranking in their respective sport – including women’s basketball (No. 20, 2021-22), beach volleyball (No. 20, 2022) and both men’s soccer (2018, 2019) and women’s soccer (2018) as three of the most recent. In 2016-17, the Green and Blue posted a department-best sixth-place finish in the DI-AAA Learfield Directors’ Cup and top-100 showing nationally, ahead of several Power-5 and FBS institutions. In 2018-19, the Eagles had an ASUN and state of Florida best seven teams earn the NCAA’s Public Recognition Award for their Academic Progress Rate in their sport. FGCU also collectively earned a record 3.50 GPA in the classroom in the fall 2020 semester and has outperformed the general University undergraduate population for 25 consecutive semesters. The past five semesters (Fall 2019 – Fall 2021) each saw another milestone reached as all 15 programs achieved a 3.0-or-higher team GPA in each. The Eagles also served an all-time high 7,200 volunteer hours in 2017 – being recognized as one of two runners-up for the inaugural NACDA Community Service Award presented by the Fiesta Bowl.