Troy Everette Chandler, a native of Big Stone Gap, Virginia, graduated from Emory & Henry in 1987. He was inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame two decades later in recognition of his accomplishments in football and track & field.
After an impressive high school career at Powell Valley High School, Chandler saw action in every football game as a freshman defensive end at Emory & Henry. During his football career, Chandler lettered four years, was named All-Conference three times, and was selected to the Virginia All-State team. He served as a captain his final season. That year he was named Most Outstanding Defensive Lineman with an impressive stat line of 55 solo and assisted tackles and four quarterback sacks. Over his career, Chandler finished with 173 total tackles and 16 sacks.
Chandler also lettered all four years in track & field. His senior year he was selected as an All-American for his discus throw and was named the Most Valuable Player on the track & field team. He placed fourth in national competition for discus with a throw of 166’-11”.
In 1987, Chandler was the Porterfield Award Recipient, the highest honor the college bestows upon a student athlete, in recognition of his athleticism, leadership, and character.
Chandler took the position of president of Little T Trucking, Inc. in 1988.