Unaka Girls B'ball Coach? - Eliz Star

Unaka Girls B'ball Coach? - Eliz Star

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Since: Sep 08

Hiltons, VA

#1 Oct 10, 2008
In today's STAR, there was a cryptic "story" about the Unaka Girls Basketball coach Chambers "stepping down". Did the article make any sense to you? What was the purpose of printing such a "story", then printing that there would be "more" in Sunday's paper? Is there a story, or is it all smoke?
Tabby Cat

Sevierville, TN

#2 Oct 11, 2008
Just Say So wrote:
In today's STAR, there was a cryptic "story" about the Unaka Girls Basketball coach Chambers "stepping down". Did the article make any sense to you? What was the purpose of printing such a "story", then printing that there would be "more" in Sunday's paper? Is there a story, or is it all smoke?
It's not all smoke Chambers apparently pissed off the powers that be so he's gone. He's coached for 8 years and won every year. It said that they wanted to take the program in another direction, well to me the only other direction from winning is losing. I guess it's not what you know but who your blow in order to keep your job on the creek.
cant touch this

Sevierville, TN

#3 Oct 11, 2008
amen tabby cat. If you aint from the creek then forget it. My friends niece played for Chambers and he's tough but he's good. He doesn't kiss butt, he plays the best players and the bottom line is winning. He's rough on the girls but he's fair. Oh i'm sure some will disagree but remember It's not youth club anymore and at that level you have to be tough. They tried to get rid of him last year with some trumped up lies and that didn't fly so I guess they had to fabricate something else this year. Well it looks like it worked. Where ever he goes, I hope he comes back to Unaka and shows the administration up there what they lost. Mickey Taylor, Dallas Williams and the athletic director, have NO BALLS. And Ronnie Hicks, you're a JOKE, and I repeat a JOKE. You can't teach, much less be the AD. Remember ronnie, I'd be really careful about throwing stones, there might me some skeletons in "YOUR CLOSET" if you get my drift.

Since: Sep 08

Hiltons, VA

#4 Oct 11, 2008
Hey, thanks for the info. It's a shame that another girls' program gets shafted. There is NO equality for boys/girls teams in the county. I suppose Carter County's loss will be another school's gain. Too bad.
Mercy Me

Jonesborough, TN

#5 Oct 11, 2008
Can't touch this sounds like you're getting second hand information and making threats. Sounds like you're upset, maybe even tied to Chambers or sucked up to him over the course of the last few years. Yes chambers is a good coach he was a better coach until his arrogance got the best of him. I'm all for being tough, rough etc. on the kids but you don't degrade, belittle, them their family or do it in front of the team.

You obviously have no idea what some of those kids up there have been through due to his humiliating tactics, to your surprize most of the kids will be happy he's gone. The proof is in the fact that so many kids have quit. You'll see a whole new team, hopefully more kids will come out now that he's stepped down.

In short if he had just coached he would still be there but he can do that without humiliating 15,16 & 17 year olds, Sound manly to you ???

Since: Oct 08

Johnson City, TN

#6 Oct 11, 2008
I have been around sports for many years and have seen good coaches and bad coaches. coach chambers is one of the good guys. He does not degrade, belitte or humilate kids. I have not heard any of the things that you are insinuating. it is called constructive criticism. it helps to make you a better player or person. If you don't realize this, then maybe you are believing the lie or are self employed and do not have a boss to tell you how to do your job better. it's the same concept. coach wants the girls to be good, who doesn't? it was his job to make the decisions to play the right girls at the right time to win on any given night. it worked because he had a winning record during his time at Unaka. hopefully the next person you put in to coach will have the same attitude and know how, instead of playing up to the parents and administration.
cant touch this

Sevierville, TN

#7 Oct 11, 2008
bleacherfan wrote:
I have been around sports for many years and have seen good coaches and bad coaches. coach chambers is one of the good guys. He does not degrade, belitte or humilate kids. I have not heard any of the things that you are insinuating. it is called constructive criticism. it helps to make you a better player or person. If you don't realize this, then maybe you are believing the lie or are self employed and do not have a boss to tell you how to do your job better. it's the same concept. coach wants the girls to be good, who doesn't? it was his job to make the decisions to play the right girls at the right time to win on any given night. it worked because he had a winning record during his time at Unaka. hopefully the next person you put in to coach will have the same attitude and know how, instead of playing up to the parents and administration.
Thaat's right bleacher fan. That's why Chambers is no longer the coach, he failed butt kissing 101 in college. For some strange reason, he thought as long as you won, treated the girls right and played the best players that's all that's was expected from a coach. Well they have their puppet in their now. I'd be ashamed if I were the administration. As said before, Chambers is one of the good guys. Will we be able to say that about the next coach???

Since: Oct 08

Johnson City, TN

#8 Oct 11, 2008
I just hope the girls will overcome this obstacle and continue working hard. people forget it is for the team, high school kids who shouldn't have to experience the drama off the court year in and year out. please stay together, pray toether, play hard and represent the name on the jersey...we are all pulling for you!
cant touch this

Sevierville, TN

#9 Oct 11, 2008
bleacherfan wrote:
I just hope the girls will overcome this obstacle and continue working hard. people forget it is for the team, high school kids who shouldn't have to experience the drama off the court year in and year out. please stay together, pray toether, play hard and represent the name on the jersey...we are all pulling for you!
I agree. I'm sure some will miss Chambers, but Unakas loss is someone elses gain.
Mercy Mercy

Jonesborough, TN

#10 Oct 11, 2008
He doesn't degrade or belittle. Hmmmm unless you know the kids you would't have heard it, it's not something that they post on the evening news or even the Elizabethton Star it's something that goes on during practice, during the games during the off season etc.... As far as Chambers butt kissing 101 no he definitely passed that class with an A however he's on the receiving end, several parents have kissed his ass! But several haven't, several have talked to him to get him to understand what he's doing, and actually hoped that by several of the girls leaving the team he would see what he has done and is doing.

Dont' take my word for it, ask the players who have graduated, who are adults and are not afraid to speak their mind.

I only hope he changes his methods, or maybe comes your school and coaches your kids, then you'll understand.

Chambers is a good coach, he just doesn't know how to handle people. He's has a winning record and has accomplished several things at UHS however who's to say another coach would not have done the same. There is talent up there, most of it is walking the halls however. There is no doubt that some kids will miss him.

As i said above I agree whole heartedly in pushing the kids, chewing them out etc. etc. but when it becomes a personal goal to make a kids life as rough as possible it crosses the line of Coach and Player and also of simply being an Adult!

If you know any of the kids just give it some time and ask them, once they know Chambers is gone they will definitely start telling what they have seen.

if you dont' know any of the kids I would suggest not commenting on something you know nothing about.
cant touch this

Sevierville, TN

#11 Oct 11, 2008
Mercy Mercy wrote:
He doesn't degrade or belittle. Hmmmm unless you know the kids you would't have heard it, it's not something that they post on the evening news or even the Elizabethton Star it's something that goes on during practice, during the games during the off season etc.... As far as Chambers butt kissing 101 no he definitely passed that class with an A however he's on the receiving end, several parents have kissed his ass! But several haven't, several have talked to him to get him to understand what he's doing, and actually hoped that by several of the girls leaving the team he would see what he has done and is doing.
Dont' take my word for it, ask the players who have graduated, who are adults and are not afraid to speak their mind.
I only hope he changes his methods, or maybe comes your school and coaches your kids, then you'll understand.
Chambers is a good coach, he just doesn't know how to handle people. He's has a winning record and has accomplished several things at UHS however who's to say another coach would not have done the same. There is talent up there, most of it is walking the halls however. There is no doubt that some kids will miss him.
As i said above I agree whole heartedly in pushing the kids, chewing them out etc. etc. but when it becomes a personal goal to make a kids life as rough as possible it crosses the line of Coach and Player and also of simply being an Adult!
If you know any of the kids just give it some time and ask them, once they know Chambers is gone they will definitely start telling what they have seen.
if you dont' know any of the kids I would suggest not commenting on something you know nothing about.
I'm sure that the ones that says he belittles them don't play that much or maybe not at all. Like was said before, this isn't youth club. You've got to have a little bit of thick skin to play any sport at the high school level. I've seen and heard him in the gym, did I like it, no but you can't take it personally. Some girls love him some don't but that's going to be the same with any coach they get. Bottom line is he got results. He won and will continue to win at any school he coaches at. The mamas need to cut the apron strings and let the coaches do the coaching. He gave his heart and soul to that girls team for 8 years. They want the program taken in a different direction? well that surely will happen, and that direction will be down the tubes. Like was said earlier, unakas loss is someone elses gain.
Basketball

Kingsport, TN

#12 Oct 11, 2008
Coach Aaron Dugger would make a great coach.
cant touch this

Sevierville, TN

#13 Oct 11, 2008
Basketball wrote:
Coach Aaron Dugger would make a great coach.
He would but he's helping with the boys.
Mercy Mercy

Jonesborough, TN

#14 Oct 11, 2008
cant touch this wrote:
<quoted text> I'm sure that the ones that says he belittles them don't play that much or maybe not at all. Like was said before, this isn't youth club. You've got to have a little bit of thick skin to play any sport at the high school level. I've seen and heard him in the gym, did I like it, no but you can't take it personally. Some girls love him some don't but that's going to be the same with any coach they get. Bottom line is he got results. He won and will continue to win at any school he coaches at. The mamas need to cut the apron strings and let the coaches do the coaching. He gave his heart and soul to that girls team for 8 years. They want the program taken in a different direction? well that surely will happen, and that direction will be down the tubes. Like was said earlier, unakas loss is someone elses gain.
I never once mentioned play time, that was never an issue. Everyone realizes it's not youthclub but it's definitely not college or Pro's you're talking about 15 to 18 year old girls, but the way he does (correciton) DID the girls was not the way a coach talks to his players. As i said above i know coaches have to chew their asses out, jerk them out of a game and all teh things that go with playing. But what he has done is below what most coaches call "coaching".

Do you point at a child and tell them THEY are the reason we lost the game? Do you call kids derogatory names in front of their teamates, names an Adult Coach shouldn't be calling his KIDS? Do you stop film during film day and belittle the kids on the film?

Most coaches I know don't do that, and to your surprize they have winning records....

It's null now as he's gone and a new era will begin at UHS.

Regarding Aaron Dugger, he'll make a fine coach, from waht i understand he's assistant coach to the boys. The girls will get Chambers old assistant as a coach who left because he didnt' agree with the way he talked to the kids either. Why do you think Chambers never could keep an assistant??
cant touch this

Sevierville, TN

#15 Oct 11, 2008
Mercy Mercy wrote:
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I never once mentioned play time, that was never an issue. Everyone realizes it's not youthclub but it's definitely not college or Pro's you're talking about 15 to 18 year old girls, but the way he does (correciton) DID the girls was not the way a coach talks to his players. As i said above i know coaches have to chew their asses out, jerk them out of a game and all teh things that go with playing. But what he has done is below what most coaches call "coaching".
Do you point at a child and tell them THEY are the reason we lost the game? Do you call kids derogatory names in front of their teamates, names an Adult Coach shouldn't be calling his KIDS? Do you stop film during film day and belittle the kids on the film?
Most coaches I know don't do that, and to your surprize they have winning records....
It's null now as he's gone and a new era will begin at UHS.
Regarding Aaron Dugger, he'll make a fine coach, from waht i understand he's assistant coach to the boys. The girls will get Chambers old assistant as a coach who left because he didnt' agree with the way he talked to the kids either. Why do you think Chambers never could keep an assistant??
his last years assistant was Rusty Chambers (no relation) and I don't think wes wright helped anyone last year. The new coach can tell all the girls how good their playing, wave to the moms and the dads in the stand and be on his merry way. Regardless of what's said, Chambers was a helluva coach and he got the job done. He won games and thats what he was hired to do. You're right, a new era has begun at UHS, a new era of ass kissing and hand holding.
Mercy Mercy

Jonesborough, TN

#16 Oct 12, 2008
cant touch this wrote:
<quoted text> his last years assistant was Rusty Chambers (no relation) and I don't think wes wright helped anyone last year. The new coach can tell all the girls how good their playing, wave to the moms and the dads in the stand and be on his merry way. Regardless of what's said, Chambers was a helluva coach and he got the job done. He won games and thats what he was hired to do. You're right, a new era has begun at UHS, a new era of ass kissing and hand holding.
Wes is apparently taking over the team. He left / quit helping due to how chambers treated the girls. Never once did i say chambers didn't know how to coach, he just doesn't know how to treat people, especially his players or he simply enjoys what he did to them.
I don't think there will be any ass kissing or hand holding, you don't have to do that either.
I hope chambers changes how he treats the girls he plays, and no he doesn't treat them all this way. It may be the best thing that has happened to him.

To me it sounds like you only know one side of the story, you may want to ask some of the kids, past or present how they feel, then maybe you'll change your thoughts.

A coach can cross the line, happens all the time.
bettersense

Jonesborough, TN

#17 Oct 12, 2008
Rusty is Chambers nephew
cant touch this

Elizabethton, TN

#18 Oct 12, 2008
bettersense wrote:
Rusty is Chambers nephew
Wrong again he's no relation. Rustys dad has only 1 brother and his son plays at hampton.
cant touch this

Elizabethton, TN

#19 Oct 12, 2008
Mercy Mercy wrote:
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Wes is apparently taking over the team. He left / quit helping due to how chambers treated the girls. Never once did i say chambers didn't know how to coach, he just doesn't know how to treat people, especially his players or he simply enjoys what he did to them.
I don't think there will be any ass kissing or hand holding, you don't have to do that either.
I hope chambers changes how he treats the girls he plays, and no he doesn't treat them all this way. It may be the best thing that has happened to him.
To me it sounds like you only know one side of the story, you may want to ask some of the kids, past or present how they feel, then maybe you'll change your thoughts.
A coach can cross the line, happens all the time.
The only line he crossed was when he let a girl come back on the team to play that at the first of the year thought about not playing and she took someone elses spot. The girl in question was a good player and she hustled but she was not the best player maybe 8 or 9 but not the best. Why do you think they put Wes in that position? does puppet ring a bell? sure it does. The parents want someone in there they can manipulate and intimidate into playing who they want played. We'll see after the season starts. Actually, this is probably the best thing that could happen to Chambers. Maybe he'll coach someone where his talent is appreciated. Oops, I forgot it's not about talent it's about politics. Isn't Wes related in some way to Stoney Creeks new commissioner?
Mercy Me

Jonesborough, TN

#20 Oct 12, 2008
Never really commented on the girl he let come back and start playing, i think any coach would have done that considering that young lady is talented. The girl that had her position taken by the returning girl didn't quit due to that she left for the reasons I stated above. Several girls have quit due to his humiliation tactics.

If you think the above things i posted are OK for a coach to do to any kid then i hope for you that you don't have kids. For you to say the kids are lieing aobut what's happened or what hasn't happened is ridiculous, good thing not all parents aren't like that.

As far as Wes i have no idea who's he is related to or not realted to. I'm sure you'll have the naysayers come this season, but in his fairness it will take him a year or two to get things worked out the way he wants them.

I don't think the parents want someone in there they can manipulate

And regarding the politics statement it's Carter County and UHS it's always about politics...

and FYI i don't have a child that plays at Unaka i just know several of the kids playing and not playing.... but wait i guess they are lieing to me also..

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