Asbury University: The Cradle of Championship Coaches
April 2, 2016
When you think of championship high school basketball in 2016 — at the state or national level — there is a common thread out of Central Kentucky… Asbury University.
Well known for its strong academic programs and consistently named one of the Top 5 colleges in the South (U.S. News & World Report Regional College Rankings), Asbury also has an excellent athletics program. While current teams grab national spotlight — the women’s basketball team reached the NAIA Sweet 16 just a few weeks ago — former student-athletes and coaches are doing the same.
Just two weeks ago, Asbury graduate Scott Chalk ’85 coached the Dunbar High School boys basketball team to its first Kentucky state championship. It was the first time a Lexington public school had won a title in 15 years. Chalk, who has more than 300 career victories having coached for multiple teams in Central Kentucky, graduated from Asbury in 1984.
On Saturday, another former Asbury graduate, Steve Smith ’77, led his Oak Hill Academy (Va.) boys basketball team to victory in the Dick’s Sporting Goods High School National Championships. An Athletic Hall of Fame member and 1977 graduate of Asbury, Smith’s teams have won nine national championships since he arrived at Oak Hill in 1985.
Chalk and Smith not only have their Asbury connection. Chalk started his coaching career as an assistant for Smith at Oak Hill, before getting his first head coaching job at Williamstown (Ky.).
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