It didn’t take long for Cody Chandler to get back into coaching.
Chandler was hired recently to be the boys head basketball coach at Paradise. He was reassigned in March at Lipan after eight seasons as coach of the Indians.
“I have worn blue and gold my whole career. Now I’ll have to get used to green and black,” said Chandler, who, as a player led Lipan to its first state championship in 1994.
Chandler posted a 183-92 record at Lipan that included an appearance in the 2009 Class A Division II State Tournament. His teams reached the regional tournament six times.
He was twice named district coach of the year and won five district championships.
Last season the Indians advanced to the second round of the playoffs before falling 73-70 to Coolidge.
“I left Lipan in a situation I didn’t want, especially being my hometown,” said Chandler. “And there were a couple of situations I was looking at, but this is a great fit.”
Chandler said the move is good for he and his replacement, Brent Gaylor. Chandler could have stayed as a teacher.
“There’s no doubt in my mind coach Gaylor is tremendous and will do great,” Chandler said.
“But it would have been tougher on him had I stayed, not because I would have made it, but that’s just the way the world is. Now the community can move on.”
Chandler inherits a team returning almost every player after finishing fifth in arguably the toughest basketball district in Texas last season, 9-2A.
Ponder won state, defeating district foes Brock in the regional final and Millsap in the third round, and Peaster reached the second round.
Millsap’s first-year head coach is former Granbury assistant Josh Jones.
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