Tommy Chandler joined the Catamount football support staff as the Director of Scouting and Quality Control prior to the start of fall camp in July, 2017.
Through his position at WCU, Chandler will work extensively with the football coaching staff, director of football operations, and other football support staff with all video aspects of the football program including practice and game film, as well as film trade for scouting and recruiting. He will also assume social media roles in the promotion of the team.
An Alabama native, Chandler comes to Cullowhee after the second of two stints at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He spent the last two years as the video coordinator for the UAB Blazer football program under head coach Bill Clark. Chandler has experience with the XOS digital video software for coaching, scouting, recruitment, and player development. He also produced many of the social media graphics for UAB Football including still graphics and video.
Chandler got his start in football coaching in 2009, working as an assistant coach on both sides of the football at three different high schools -- Sumiton Christian, Cleveland HS, and Cordova HS -- over a five-year period. Between each stop, he coached wide receivers, defensive backs and defensive line in the role as an assistant coach, while also serving as both an offensive and defensive coordinator during his prep coaching career.
In 2014, Chandler made his first stop at UAB as a graduate assistant coach where he worked primarily with the linebackers. He then took a defensive line assistant coaching position at National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) member, Independence Community College in Independence, Kansas, in 2015.
Chandler played collegiately at Auburn as a walk-on wide receiver before working as a student assistant where he worked with tight ends and defensive backs. In 1993, Chandler’s freshman year, the Tigers finished the season ranked fourth in the final AP Poll and as the only undefeated team in the nation. While a student-athlete in 1993-94, Auburn won 20 consecutive games compiling a 20-1-1 record. Chandler was on staff working with defensive backs in 1997 when Auburn won the SEC West only to fall to the Peyton Manning-led Tennessee team in the SEC Championship Game.
A 2009 graduate of Auburn University, Chandler is engaged to be married to Ms. Jessica Moore of Jasper, Ala. He has a daughter, Emma Chandler, who is a student at Auburn University.