Sul Ross State University graduate Sandra Spears Chambers has been named the new head softball coach at her alma mater.
Spears replaces Rick Garcia, who will remain as the Lady Lobos' volleyball coach.
Chambers received her undergraduate and graduate degrees in mathematics and kinesiology from Sul Ross in 1986 and 1997, respectively. During her graduate work, Chambers also served as assistant softball coach under Ruth McWilliams and was instrumental in bringing softball to Sul Ross.
She coached three years in the DeSoto Independent School District where she spearheaded efforts to bring girls softball and a brand new facility to the class 5-A high school. Chambers posted 26-7 and 27-3 records in her first two years as head softball coach at DeSoto, including a trip to the regional tournament during her second campaign. Three of her players went on to play for NCAA Division I programs. She also received the 1994 Class 5-A Softball Coach of the Year award and led summer clinics for youth softball players in and around the DeSoto community.
In addition to her coaching duties, Chambers also taught high school algebra at DeSoto where she was named to the 1996 edition of Who's Who Among America's Teachers. After DeSoto, Chambers also taught mathematics for three years at Travis Middle School in Temple where she earned PTO, Wal-Mart and Temple ISD Teacher of the Year recognition. She has taught in the Fort Davis I.S.D. for the past year.