Mariah Chandler named assistant coach for Lancer women’s basketball
Lancer women’s basketball head coach Chantal Vallée has announce the hiring of new full-time assistant coach Mariah Chandler. Chandler comes to the blue & gold with many years of basketball experience, both as a player and coach.
As an athlete, she captured a NCAA Division I national championship and four Big 12 Conference Championships with the Baylor Bears under Hall of Fame coach Kim Mulkey. She was also a high school WBCA all-American and a McDonald’s all-American nominee, ranked ESPN No. 3 power forward in the nation and ESPN 17th ranked overall in America.
As a professional, Chandler has also collected many accolades throughout her career. From 2021-2023, she worked as an assistant coach and advance scout with the Memphis Hustle of the NBA G-League.
From 2019-2021, she was an operations assistant with the Memphis Grizzlies of the NBA. Chandler was a finalist for the Jr. NBA Coach of the Year with the Grizzlies. Prior to her NBA stunt, she was an assistant coach at Cheyney University of Pennsylvania and the Galloway School in Atlanta. Chandler graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Film and Digital Media in 2013 and an MBA in 2015.
“I’m excited to join the Lancers community and family,” commented Chandler. “I look forward to growing as a coach and professional under the guidance of Coach Vallée. I’m just blessed to be able to give back to the game and doing so at a university like Windsor is truly an amazing opportunity. I look forward to all the fans coming out and supporting the squad.”
Chandler is also well known in the community for her volunteering traveling internationally, hosting basketball camps in Brazil and Zimbabwe for two all-female private schools and working locally for various camps across the country.
“Mariah brings national championship experience, a winning NCAA Division I mentality, great experience with the NBA and most importantly a wonderful caring, people-person orientated leadership style with great teaching skills,” stated Vallée. “She is a connector, a great listener, and communicator. I love the fact that she’s been successful with kids, teenagers, as well as professional players in her previous roles within the sport. She will be a terrific addition to community player development, and she will be a leader for us immediately.”
The Lancer women’s basketball team kicks off the 2023-24 season on Halloween, when they travel up the 401 to face the Western Mustangs. Windsor’s first home game is Saturday, November 4th when they host the Laurier Golden Hawks at 6:00pm at the Toldo Lancer Centre.