Mariah Chandler joins the Cheyney University as the assistant women’s basketball coach for the 2017-18 season. Mariah is bringing young and enthusiastic energy to the Lady Wolves family, as well as a Championship mindset.
Prior to arriving at Cheyney, Coach Chandler had the pleasure of coaching two AAU programs. She was the head coach of the Atlanta local TSF Gymrats 9th grade boys’ team. She ran, directed, and organized all practice and game plans. The Gymrats came in 3rd place in the Division II State tournament under the guidance of Mariah. The bulk of her summer was spent with Peak Performance-Engram, a 17U girls’ team based out of Atlanta. During this time, Coach Chandler worked as one of the assistants for the team under the guidance of Derrick Engram and founder of Peak Performance Bruce Price. The team had a very successful season, qualifying for the Nike Invitational, while competing against some of the top ranked AAU programs in the nation.
This past fall, Coach Chandler assisted with both the Junior Varsity and Varsity Girls’ Basketball programs as well as Men and Women’s Tennis Programs at The Galloway School in the heart of Atlanta, Ga. Her duties stretched across the board from player-development specifically with post players to conducting in-game stats every competition. Under the guidance of Kiesha Brown, former standout athlete at the University of Georgia, Mariah was able to enhance her coaching skills and understanding for the game.
While Mariah has done a great deal of coaching on the floor, she had the pleasure of interning with the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association, also known as the WBCA, before her arrival at Galloway. There, Mariah was the “So You Want To Be A Coach” intern.
During this position, she gained a lot of respect and understanding for the behind the scenes work when it comes to coaching. She helped organize and conduct the WBCA National Convention that is held at every NCAA Women’s Division I Final Four, she directed an entire national program, while also being the Convention Photographer for 2 years.
During this time, Mariah was able to build her experience in a logistics aspect. Her passion for coaching only continued to grow beyond the court because of this.
Coach Chandler began her coaching career at North Greenville University. There, she was the graduate assistant for the Lady Crusaders for 2 years. Her primary responsibilities were preseason conditioning, various administrative duties, and player-development with both the post and guard position. She earned her Masters of Business Administration.
Chandler, who played collegiately at Baylor University from 2009 to 2014 under the Hall of Fame guidance of Kim Mulkey, was part of the historic team that tallied in a 40-0 season and winning the National Championship in 2012. During her college career,
Mariah, who graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in Film and Digital Media in 2013, played a very big role in the community, working in a local recreation in the heart of Waco, TX.
Returning for a fifth year, Mariah played a great role on the team as one of the team’s co-captains.
Her leadership and persistence shined through her presence whether it was on the court or off.
Mariah graduated from Baylor’s Leadership Program, was a SAAC (Student-Athlete Advisory Committee) member for all 5 years and FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes), and traveled with both FCA and Athletes in Action to Nairobi, Kenya, Ukraine, and Moldova.
Coach Chandler brings a wide range of coaching experience to the Cheyney family. Having the championship experience from her playing career to being led by some of the best in the game, she is excited to help the Lady Wolves become great women on and off the court. She brings international knowledge as well as a high level of competition to the playing field for the Student-Athletes.
Mariah is a native of Orlando, Fla., who moved to the Atlanta area during middle school with her mother, Alicia, and sister, Mikiela. Mariah is very close to her family and strives to continue to make her family proud.Tagged with: Assistant Coach DII