It’s not often a school can fill three positions with one man.
But that’s exactly what Gordon Central did this week when they hired Scott Chandler. Chandler, who comes to Gordon Central from Beulah High School in Alabama, will serve as the Warriors head boys basketball coach, a football assistant and the strength and conditioning coach for all sports.
“I’m very excited to be at Gordon Central,” said Chandler. “It’s exciting to be at a place with so many good people and good administration.”
Chandler has served as a football assistant the past few years at Beulah and Trion High School. He was the Coosa High head football coach from 2002-2004. He played basketball and football at Ringgold and has also been an assistant basketball coach at LFO and also coached middle school basketball at a few of his stops during his coaching career.
Gordon Central athletic director Scott Cullifer said the hire was a good one because of what he can do for the basketball and football program as well as for Gordon Central athletics as a whole.
“He’s very established and has proven himself running and transforming programs,” said Cullifer. “He meets the criteria we had for being able to deal with the kids and working with the other coaches and everyone in the athletic department.”
Chandler has worked with current Gordon Central football coach David Humphreys, who was hired back in March, while Humphreys was the head coach at Trion. Cullifer said Chandler’s experience in several sports made him an attractive candidate during the hiring process.
“With his experience as a football coach, that just added to it,” said Cullifer. “We were looking for someone to fill several other roles along with basketball coach. We’re happy to have coach Chandler, and we expect really good things from him.”
Chandler met with his basketball players and parents on Wednesday night to introduce himself. He gave a little background on his coaching style and what he expects from his players.
“Effort is what I believe in,” said Chandler. “We’re going to play hard and know what to do. We’re going to contest every shot, go after every rebound and get after loose balls. I believe in what an old coach once said, ‘you don’t have to have any talent to know what to do and to play hard.’”
Chandler takes over as head boys basketball coach for Rodney English, who resigned a few weeks ago after three years at the helm at Gordon Central. He went 43-39 overall with his best season coming last year when the Warriors went 18-10 and advanced to the second round of the Class AAA state tournament.
Chandler said he has high expectations for what can be accomplished at Gordon Central.
“I expect us to be able to compete against our region and make the playoffs,” said Chandler. “I want to get to where people know about Gordon Central. We want to have pride in the program and the school.
I think there are a lot of good things here, and I’m looking forward to get started.”
Chandler will officially begin on July 8 after the dead period next week. He will be working in the weight room with the football and basketball players.
Chandler is the latest of several new head coaches at Gordon Central over the past few months, along with Humphreys (football), Erick Hopper (girls basketball) and Chris Stephens (softball).