While Kingston will be busy focusing on technological expansion at Jacksonville High, Chambless will have his hands full with two basketball teams after being appointed by the Board of Education last week.
“I think Coach Kingston has done a great job over the past five years, and traditionally Jacksonville is always competitive at basketball on both sides,” Chambless said. “It’s a really good opportunity to coach both of them. It’s going to be a lot more work, but it’s something I’m willing to do.”
Chambless said he wasn’t willing to give up the girls team, who followed winning the 2012 Class 4A state championship with a 20-6 record this past season. The boys went 14-14 and advanced to the sub-regional. But with twice as big of a workload, Chambless said he’ll double up practices and scouting daily.
“Obviously, I’m asking for a really good assistant to help with some other things on the varsity,” Chambless said. “But I think all of these things are well worth it because this is something I’ve wanted to do.
“The person I’ve talked to a lot is Coach (Ricky) Austin at Spring Garden. I have a lot of respect for him and I talked to him about the situation before I applied for the position.”
Austin, who has won more than 500 games as a girls basketball coach, led the Spring Garden boys and girls teams to the Northeast Regional last season. Chambless said the biggest transition Austin pointed out was not being in the locker room after girls games and before boys games during the regular season.
Chambless has not had a chance to meet with the basketball team formally because the Golden Eagles' baseball team playing in the state playoffs. Also, football spring training is right around the corner.
“I’m in the gym with those guys in seventh period and I’ve talked to a few of them, nothing major,” he said. “We’ll get together for summer workouts and that type of thing. I’ve already got the girls team’s camp scheduled and how we’ll do summer workouts. But with the guys, all of us coaches are going to sit down in the next couple of days and figure out.”
Brandon Miller covers prep sports for The Star. He can be reached at 256-235-3575 or follow him on Twitter @bmiller_star