Nov 9, 2017
AT to AD to AT

Many athletic trainers like to take on new challenges. John Chandler, MA, LAT, ATC, is one of them, and in 2001, he made the leap from Head Athletic Trainer at Coe College to Athletic Director. He went on to lead the NCAA Division III program to more than 40 championships in the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and oversaw several significant facility renovations and construction projects.

This spring, however, Chandler jumped back. He resigned as athletic director and is once again on the athletic training staff at Coe, overseeing men’s and women’s soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, and track and field. Along with these duties, he also teaches clinical classes for the school’s athletic training students.

What first inspired Chandler to make the move to administration? During his stint as head athletic trainer, he held the dual position of assistant athletic director. When the previous athletic director left, Chandler took over to try something new. He learned that some aspects of the role were very different than his athletic training responsibilities.

Oftentimes as an athletic administrator

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