Tuesday, January 15
Grace basketball legend Chet Kammerer will be the newest member of the NCCAA Hall of Fame this summer.
Kammerer was announced as part of a four-person class of inductees for 2019 by the NCCAA, joining Keith Connor (Southern Wesleyan), Judy Fox (Houghton) and Brian Patton (Greenville).
Kammerer attended Grace in the 1960s and played four years of basketball for the Lancers. He graduated in 1964 with 2,504 career points, still the most points ever scored in a Lancer uniform.
He began his coaching career in 1965 and went on a stellar 10-year run. He won 183 games, second-most behind Jim Kessler, and helped Grace reach four NCCAA national tournaments.
Kammerer’s coaching career to him to the ranks of Westmont College (Calif.), where he won another 176 games, and eventually into the NBA.
Kammerer has spent the last few decades working as a vice president for the Miami Heat, winning multiple NBA championships during his time.
Kammerer, who was a pioneer in the NCCAA, also served as the NCCAA president from 1973-77. His consistent Christian testimony throughout his career challenged others to become strong followers of Christ.
He will be officially inducted at the Hall of Fame Banquet on May 30, 2019, during the NCCAA Annual Convention in Greenville, S.C. Kammerer was a member of Grace’s inaugural Lancer Hall of Fame in 2008.