Athletics: Chant takes reins at PISD
Pasadena ISD assistant athletic director Rodney Chant is the school district's next athletic director.
Chant was approved by the Pasadena ISD school board as the successor to outgoing athletic director Mike Stephens on May 24. He officially moves into his new role with the school district Aug. 1.
"I'm extremely excited," Chant said. "Pasadena ISD is a great district. We feel like we've made a lot of progress in athletics. We had two teams, one in softball and one in soccer, reach the regional finals.
"Overall, we did very well against other districts in the (2010-11) playoffs, and we have got more people involved in athletics at our intermediate and high school programs than we've ever had, and we want to continue that because we feel athletics is the greatest at-risk program that schools offer."
Chant, who recently completed his Master's in Administration, already has been working on a few administrative items this month, and Stephens is expected to expend most of his vacation time in July.
Chant came to Pasadena ISD in 2003 with former Pasadena Memorial football coach Tom Ed Gooden, who's now the Goose Creek ISD AD. He started coaching with Gooden at 4A Terrell in 1995.
Along the way, Chant's coached a little of everything but his only varsity head coaching experience was in tennis, which he played collegiately at Howard Payne. This is his first AD position.
Stephens had been talking about retirement recently, but it came a bit earlier than expected. Fortunately, he's been grooming Chant for the job since he became the assistant athletic director in 2008.
"He's been preparing me the last couple of years, after the first year," said Chant, 39.
"He knew my desire to hopefully move into that position, and so as the years have gone on he's given me more and more responsibilities that the athletic director has so that I would have that experience."
The native of Eden, Texas, already has his priorities in line for his first year.
"We want to continue with our plan to build up our intermediate programs," Chant said. "We feel that's the foundation for our high school programs. And we're in the process of starting a Pasadena athletic hall of fame.
"We feel it's been a long time coming and it's something I'd like to get off the ground. We met a couple weeks ago and we're in the process of getting that going so we can start honoring those athletes who've come through Pasadena ISD who have made a difference, not only in Pasadena ISD athletics but in the area and in the world."
Basketball camp at San Jac
San Jacinto College is inviting local boys and girls ages 7 to 18 to register for its summer basketball camp at Central campus.
The five-day event will provide beginners with the basic fundamentals of the game while helping more advanced players develop their skills. Area high school and college basketball coaches will teach offense, defense and situational strategies.
The first session is scheduled for Monday, July 18, through Friday, July 22. The second is from Monday, July 25, through Friday, July 29. Both sessions are held from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. inside Anders Gymnasium.
At the end of each week, friends and family will have the opportunity to see participants showcase the skills they learned during the week and earn ribbons and trophies in various categories.
The cost is $90 per week. To register, visit http://www.sanjacsports.com/basketball-camp.
Deer Park football meet and greet
The Deer Park football Meet the Team night is set for Aug. 20, helping kick off the 2011 season.
The booster club currently is seeking donations for door prizes and an auction to help raise money for the program.
"We are taking everything from hunting trips, baseball tickets, and luggage, to candle sets, helmets, and jerseys," said Michelle Rainer, a Deer Park booster.
"Anything will help us out."
The community will be able to meet the players on the varsity and sub-varsity football teams, as well as cheerleaders and escorts, at the event, with the highlight a senior football players auction.
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