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Montevallo is pleased to announce the hiring of two new coaches.

Mechan Vanderpool was recently hired as the thirteenth head women’s basketball coach in program history. Vanderpool comes to Montevallo after spending the previous four seasons as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Delta State University. Prior to her time at DSU she spent two seasons as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Mississippi College and two seasons as graduate assistant coach at Delta State University.

Vanderpool helped guide the Lady Statesmen to a 108-16 record during her four seasons as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. The Lady Statesmen were four-time Gulf South Conference regular season Champions and three time GSC Tournament Champions. She helped guide them to back-to-back Final Fours in 2008 and 2009. This past season they advanced to the Sweet Sixteen with a NCAA South Region Championship game appearance.

She helped recruit a two-time All-American, a two-time Honorable Mention All-American, a one-time Honorable Mention All-American and a Daktronics All-American selection. She helped lead four players to All-Region Team selections and three players who led the NCAA in assists, three pointers and field goal percentage, respectively.

At Mississippi College she helped lead them to a 35-16 record during her two seasons as assistant coach. In 2005 they advanced to the American Southwest Conference (ASC) Tournament and in 2006 the team won the ASC Championship. She helped coach four ASC All-Conference Players including the ASC Newcomer of the Year and ASC Defensive Player of the Year.

In her previous stint at DSU the Lady Statesmen went 41-17 with one NCAA Tournament appearance in 2003 and a trip to the GSC Tournament in 2002.

Vanderpool is a 2002 graduate of Henderson State University where she competed on the Reddie softball team. She graduated with a bachelor of science in education and physical education for grades K-12. In 2004, she received her master of science in health, physical education and recreation from Delta State University.

Vanderpool is a native of Bryant, Ark. and will begin her duties as head coach at Montevallo late next week.

Also, new to Montevallo is Chandler Rose as the seventh head baseball coach in program history.

Rose comes to Montevallo after spending the previous four seasons as head assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at the Air Force Academy. Prior to his time at the Academy he spent one season as the assistant at Florida Gulf Coast University.

Rose was responsible for the AFA infielders and hitters. He also handled the third base coaching duties, summer ball placement for returning players and was heavily involved in the nation-wide recruiting effort. With his Florida background, Rose was primarily responsible for recruiting the southeast region.

Since his arrival at the Academy the Falcons batting average went from .249 in 2007 to .301 in 2010. The .301 average is the highest it has been at the Academy since 2003. Air Force led the nation in triples per game in 2008 and currently leads the nation in triples and triples per game in 2010.

The Fort Myers, Fla., native got his coaching start as an assistant for the Winter Park Diamond Dogs of the Florida Collegiate League in 2005. Rose has also worked at the University of Florida, UCF and FGCU summer baseball camps.

In his first year as an assistant at Florida Gulf Coast, Rose helped lead FGCU to a 41-17 record and a trip to the NCAA Div. II South Regional in 2006.

We are very excited to have both new coaches already on our campus and getting ready for the 2010-2011 season.



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