CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - John Chandler, who has served as director of athletics at Coe since 2001, has decided to return to his former role as an athletic trainer for the college.
With a passion for sports medicine, Chandler joined Coe in 1988 as head athletic trainer, and he has been a NATABOC certified athletic trainer for nearly three decades.
During his 16 years as athletics director, Chandler has been responsible for the organization and supervision of the 21 NCAA Division III teams that compete at Coe, as well as the management of the athletic facilities. This includes the supervision of an athletic staff encompassing over 60 professionals with more than 450 student-athletes each year.
Under Chandler's leadership, Kohawk athletic teams have garnered more than 40 championships in the highly competitive Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (IIAC) since 2001, with numerous NCAA tournament appearances. Chandler has also overseen more than $22 million in significant athletic facility improvements during his tenure, from the construction of the Fitness Center and the addition of the Daniels Park Baseball Field to the installation of Field Turf at Clark Field and the renovation and expansion of Eby Fieldhouse.
Behind the scenes, Chandler has worked to ensure compliance of all NCAA and IIAC rules and regulations. He has served on numerous NCAA and IIAC committees, including the NCAA Football Rules Committee and the NCAA Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports Committee.
Above all, John has always derived his greatest satisfaction in working with student-athletes. He is looking forward to treating athletes and returning to teaching.
"I've always been committed to ensuring the health, safety and on-field performance of Kohawk student-athletes, as well as instructing athletic training students," said Chandler. "This change in role will allow me to work even more closely with athletes and athletic training students on a daily basis."
Coe College Vice President of Facilities and Operations Larry Lee commended Chandler for overseeing a highly successful Kohawk athletics program.
"We thank John for his years of service as director of athletics and respect his decision to make a professional change," said Lee. "We are very pleased that he will be continuing to play an important role in Kohawk athletics."
Lee affirmed the college will soon begin a national search for a new director of athletics, with Chandler playing a key role in the transition process.
Coe College offers superb academics and exciting co-curricular activities in a thriving urban setting that promotes student growth and success. Established in 1851, Coe has a national reputation for academic excellence enhanced by a student-centered, highly supportive campus environment. Coe's vibrant Cedar Rapids location provides an abundance of internships for students and career opportunities for graduates.