Roger Chandler
Roger  Chandler

Associate Head Coach


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Tom Minkel will retire after coaching his 25th season at MSU in 2015-16; associate head coach Roger Chandler to lead program beginning in 2016-17.


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Junior Michael McClure is the No. 8 seed at heavyweight.

Roger Chandler, who is in his 18th year on the Spartan wrestling staff, was promoted to associate head coach in June 2011.

Chandler has helped produce 10 different All-Americans and six Big Ten Champions for a total of 22 All-America selections and nine Big Ten individual titles during his time at Michigan State. He also handles a variety of administrative duties for the program.

"Probably the best thing about Roger is that he has a phenomenal work ethic; he's really committed to Michigan State and has had a major impact on our program," said MSU head coach Tom Minkel. "Over the years, he has garnered a lot of respect in our wrestling room. Not only is he a great coach who works well with our student-athletes, but he's a great person whose commitment and passion for the sport of wrestling is absolutely incredible."

In addition to his work at Michigan State, Chandler also has been instrumental in establishing and growing youth folkstyle wrestling in the state of Michigan and throughout the entire United States. Chandler serves as the vice president of the Michigan Youth Wrestling Association (MYWAY) and also the associate executive director of the National United Wrestling Association for Youth (NUWAY). Started in 1991 with 750 members, MYWAY now has more than 9,000 members, while NUWAY - modeling the MYWAY system - has expanded with organizations in 15 states.

A three-time All-American at Indiana, Chandler was inducted into the Indiana University Athletics Hall of Fame in 2008. The IU Male Athlete of the Year in 1996-97, Chandler finished eighth at the NCAA Championships in 1995, third in 1996 and second in 1997. His only loss at the 1997 NCAA Championships came against Cary Kolat of Lock Haven, a two-time NCAA Champion and 1997 World Championship runner-up. The Big Ten Champion at 142 pounds in 1997, Chandler finished his Indiana career with a 134-25 record. He graduated from Indiana in 1997 with a degree in sport management.

While he was at St. Edward High School in Cleveland, Chandler was the 1992 Ohio state champion, wrestling on a team that produced 12 state champions and eight national champions. He ended his prep career with a 112-12 mark.

Chandler, whose first season at Michigan State was in 1997-98, also served as head coach of the Ohio Junior National Freestyle team in 1998 and 1999.

Chandler is a native of Sheffield Lake, Ohio. His wife, Mandy, is an academic coordinator for Michigan State in Student-Athlete Support Services (SASS). The couple have two daughters, Kira and Kylee.