Ooltewah High School announced Friday afternoon that Scott Chandler has been promoted to become its new head football coach. Chandler was the Owls special teams coordinator and linebackers coach last season.
He takes over for Mac Bryan, who resigned last month to become head coach and athletic director at Avery County (NC) High. Chandler is a 1981 graduate of Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High and later graduated from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
He worked as a graduate assistant at Kansas State under then-defensive coordinator Bob Stoops, and has also been a college assistant at Valdosta State and Emporia State and a high school assistant at Rhea County, Trion and Gordon Central, where he worked as boys' basketball coach as well.
Chandler's only previous head coaching experience was three seasons at Coosa (Ga.), where he compiled a 20-15 overall record and two trips to the postseason which ended a 15-year playoff drought before his hiring.
Ooltewah issueed a press release stating, "After several quality applicants, the football search committee has decided to name Scott Chandler to this position. He brings great passion, knowledge, and experience to this football team and its staff. His belief system is impeccable, and because of this, he will bring great pride and respect to the Ooltewah community."