Ashley Pangle Chandler

Class of 1997 / Inducted 2018 / Women's Tennis

Ashley Pangle Chandler is a 1997 graduate of Emory & Henry.

She played tennis in high school at J. J. Kelly High School. There, she earned three team state championships in the 1990s.

At Emory & Henry she excelled on the tennis court and in the classroom. She was a four-year letter winner in women’s tennis, playing fall and spring.

Noted as a team leader, she was elected by her teammates and coach for special team award recognition in 1995 and 1996 and 1997.

In 1996 and 1997, she received honor as an Intercollegiate Team Association All-American Scholar Athlete.

In 1997 she was chosen as the E&H Outstanding Female Athlete – also known as the prestigious Hall Award, named for the mother of former award-winning E&H tennis coach, Eleanor Hall Hutton.

In that same year she also earned the E&H Women’s Athletic Academic Achievement Award, and was nominated for NCAA Woman of the Year.

Together, Ashley and her teammates placed third in the ODAC for three out of their four years on the court together. Her coach, Beverly Sheddan, says Ashley’s work ethic was a major factor in the team’s success as she “never gave less than 100 percent when she took the court in practice or a match.”

After graduating from Emory & Henry College, Chandler received her Master’s Degree from Mary Baldwin College, and she has been a public school teacher since 1999. She is currently employed by Wise County Schools. Chandler coached girls tennis for several years at Central High School & L.F. Addington Middle School in Wise. In 2012 and 2013, she was named Lonesome Pine District Coach of The Year.

Ashley’s most successful season as a coach was in 2015, when she led her team to a VHSL Group 2A State Runner-Up Title.