Chambless will pull double duty at JHS
by Lori Tippets
Ryan Chambless’ life will soon become very busy. Last week Chambless was named the new boys’ basketball coach, filling the vacancy left with the resignation of Coach Anthony Kingston. This will be in addition to his head-coaching job with the girls.

Chambless has shown by his performance as the girl’s basketball coach just what he is capable of. In his three years at JHS, Chambless has compiled a 71-17 record, and has lost only eight games the past two years. In 2012 Chambless led his team to the 4A State Championship with a 31-3 record, giving not only JHS their first girl’s basketball championship but Calhoun County as well.

Assistant Principal and athletic director Yvonne Swift said that among the people interviewed, “when we spoke with Coach Chambless it was more apparent with his background, and the success that he has had with the girls program,” that he was right for the job.

Coach Chambless “already has steps in place, plans in place, that seem very doable and feasible,” added Swift.

“I’ve always been impressed with his demeanor on the sidelines and you can tell when he’s coaching he is seeing every aspect of the game, its not just one thing, he sees everything developing.”

Swift went on to say that the girls buy into Chambless’ plan and execute it.

“Even though Coach Chambless is very intense I’ve never seen him out of control and that draws respect from the students,” said Swift.

Chambless not only led his team to the state championship but he knows the dedication, drive and work ethic required to get there. As a high school student at Alexandria, Chambless earned a state championship in basketball and two state championships in football under the late Larry Ginn.

Coaching both the boys and girls will take a lot of patience and understanding as girls react in a different way than the boys do to different coaching strategies.

Chambless says that the effort that both teams put into their practices and what he expects on the floor will be the same.

Chambless says he will take what he has learned from Coach Ginn, and from Mark Turgeon, who he played for at Jacksonville State. “You have to do things with plays that fit the players you have. Every year is a little bit different. Already I’ve thought of a lot of things we need to change on the girl’s side. Next year we might do something new just to fit the girls that will be involved. It will be the same thing with the guys.”

While time wise Chambless is going to be more involved, he doesn’t feel it is going to be that much more than what he is doing now and has done in the past.

While at Ohatchee Chambless coached the ninth grade, B-Team and Varsity boys. As girls coach at JHS he has stayed through the boys games after his game was over.

Chambless notes that he has the support of his wife, Jessica and children Jake, 4 and Millie, 3.

“My wife gives me her support; she knows that this is something that I always wanted to do. I didn’t want to let the opportunity pass me by.”

Chambless mentioned that when he played at Alexandria when the team walked into another gym the other teams took notice. The Cubs were respected and feared as an opponent and he wants to develop his JHS teams to have that same reputation.

“I want to have teams that will outhustle and out scrap you every minute of the game,” said Chambless.
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