Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas


January 30, 2013

Chambliess new AD/football coach in Mildred

Corsicana — Mildred didn’t leave campus to find its new athletic director and head football coach. Billy Dan Chambliess, defensive coordinator the last five football seasons, was named to both positions Tuesday, Superintendent Becky Burns said in an email.

Chambliess, 36, also coaches softball and will remain in that role this spring.

“I’m excited,” said Chambliess, the son of educators and administrators. “At this point in my career, I think I have put in my time and I am ready.”

Prior to his five seasons in Mildred, Chambliess coached one year at Greenville, where he met former Mildred AD and head football coach Patrick Harvell, who announced his resignation earlier this month after leading the Eagles to the state finals last fall. Harvell left for an assistant principal’s position in the Mexia school district.

Prior to Greenville, Chambliess spent three seasons at Grand Saline and six at Forney. He was named interim AD at Mildred after Harvell’s departure.

The school district opened the position internally, and conducted interviews Tuesday evening.

“He has proven to us on a daily basis he has the qualifications and skills, and very importantly, he has demonstrated on a daily basis his love for all athletes — both boys and girls programs, and will guide the Eagles as our next head football coach,” Burns stated in her email. “Demonstrating a love for all students and for learning, Coach Chambliess will work to continue the tradition of success and great achievement in all of our boys and girls athletic programs, through maintaining the utmost in expectations academically and athletically, building positive leaders as he goes.”

In football, Chambliess has been on a staff that produced the best five-year span in school history, including 48 wins, the school’s first perfect regular season and first state finals berth, a semifinals berth and five playoff appearances. In 2011, when Mildred went 13-1 and lost in the semifinals, the Eagles gave up 116 points, and only 40 in the regular season.

Nothing will change scheme-wise, he said, and he hopes to retain the current coaches.

In softball last season, Mildred went 22-7 and won a district title.

“One of the toughest parts about (the AD) job is leaving the softball job,” Chambliess said.

Chambliess’ mother was a girls athletic director, and his father a former principal and superintendent. Both are retired now, but he credited growing up in a family of educators for preparing him.

He also praised his current school district.

“Mildred’s like a family,” Chambliess said. “It’s a great place, and family-oriented, and that’s why I enjoy it so much.”

Text Only
  • 4-24-14Bland.jpg GC Bi-District Softball: Mildred rips Trinity 10-1

    This was easy.
    Almost too easy.
    It's going to get tougher on the road in the playoffs, and maybe that's why Mildred's 10-1 romp over Trinity in the opening game of the three-game series in the Class 2A bi-district round of the playoffs felt so good to the Lady Eagles.

    April 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • GC Softball Bi-District roundup: BG beats New Waverly 3-2; Hubbard downs Itasca 5-3

    It didn't end until Mariah Horner squeezed her glove and hauled in the final out of the game in right field on Thursday night in Madisonville, where Horner and the Blooming Grove Lady Lions hung on to beat New Waverly 3-2 in the opening games of a three-game series in the Class 2A bi-district playoffs.

    April 24, 2014

  • CHS SotfballSpence.jpg GC Softball: Playoff Time

    There  were some bumps on the road and slides in the standings and a few bruises along the way, but five Golden Circle teams have reached the softball playoffs that begin with first round games on Thursday.
    For Corsicana it was a wakeup call during the second half of district play that gave the Tigers the push they needed, and for Mildred it was the culmination of yet another splendid season as the Lady Eagles made the playoffs for the fifth straight season. Blooming Grove is back again, a regular in post season play with a chance to make a run, and Hubbard begins its quest to get to the state tournament and Austin with a one-game playoff on Thursday against Itasca in Italy.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • NVSBAhearn.jpg Navarro Softball: Bulldogs split with Kilgore, win final home game

    Kristen Ahearn was mad, steaming.
    Even her peanut butter and jelly sandwich that she ate between the doubleheader games didn't taste good. Nothing fit. Nothing was in sync. Nothing felt right or even tasted right.
    Then Ahearn found the cure.
    Simple enough: Just go out and blast a three-run homer.
    That's the short version of what happened Tuesday at Navarro College, where Ahearn's three-run bomb ignited the Bulldogs in the second game against Kilgore and Navarro went on to win 8-5 to close out its regular season with a bang and a smile from Ahearn.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • KerensBBAnderson.jpg GC Baseball: Kerens beats Cayuga 5-1, wins first district title since 1981

    The wait is over.
    And it came just in time for Brett Anderson, who left it all on the mound Tuesday night at Kerens, where he pitched a masterpiece to lead the Bobcats over Cayuga, 5-1, and help the program win its first baseball district title since 1981.
    “I've got no gas left. I'm out,'' said Anderson, a senior lefty who stopped Cayuga cold, holding the three-time defending district champs to just three singles while striking out 14.

    April 22, 2014 2 Photos

  • GC Basebal Roundup: Corsicana blasts Jacksonville; BG wins huge district game

    The Corsicana Tigers wrapped up district play with a dominating 9-0 win over the Jacksonville Indians behind Trevor Nolen, who shut out the Indians and allowed only one hit over 6 1/3 innings.  Donovan Fields came on to retire the final two hitters. The Tiger pitchers limited the Indians to only 25 plate appearances in the game and no runner to reach third base.

    April 22, 2014

  • 4-23-14 Rodeo clown.jpg Rodeo: Navarro County Derrick Days -- Burton is back

    He's back.
    Professional rodeo entertainer Ronald Burton returns to the Navarro County Exposition Center  April 25-26 to entertain the crowd at the 2014 Navarro County Derrick Days Pro Rodeo.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Huggins rodeo Huggins to call shots at Derrick Days Rodeo

    West Huggins will serve as the announcer for the 2014 Navarro County Derrick Days Pro rodeo. The Gardendale native is the reigning three-time United Professional Rodeo Association Announcer of the Year.

    April 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • NC baseball Whoa 300th Dill gets 300th win in Navarro baseball sweep of Bossier Parish

    Navarro baseball’s weekend in Louisiana was significant on a number of fronts. On one hand, coach Whoa Dill notched his 300th win. On the other, and perhaps more importantly, the Bulldogs simply continued to play well. The Bulldogs swept Bossier Parish to move 14-11 in Region XIV East Zone play, and 27-17 overall.

    April 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Mildred sending five to regional track meet

    Sasha Ballard set a school record in the 800 meters and paced a contingent of five Mildred thinclads heading to Stephenville for the regionals later this week.

    April 21, 2014