Ray Chandler

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Ray Chandler
Delbert Ray Chandler

Died(2010-09-23)September 23, 2010 (aged 66)
California, United States
OccupationCoach, teacher
Years active1984–2010
WebsiteCarolina Cardinals

Delbert Ray Chandler (1944 – September 23, 2010) was the founder of the Carolina Cardinals, a girls' softball program from North Carolina. Ray Chandler was known as the "Father of Fastpitch"[1] and was instrumental in helping 100[2] of his former softball players sign college scholarships.

Carolina Cardinals[edit]

Chandler, who lived in Tobaccoville, was inducted into the North Carolina Amateur Softball Association's Hall of Fame/Hall of Honor in 2003. He began coaching in 1984 and in 1989, he founded the Carolina Cardinals, the oldest continuous ASA girls' fastpitch softball organization in North Carolina.[3]


Assistant Athletics Director Alexis McCoy confirmed Ray Chandler, 66, had been traveling with a softball team on the west coast when he became sick. He had been in the hospital since Aug. 12.

West said doctors thought he was getting better but his condition took a turn for the worse in mid September. Chandler has been on the Reagan softball staff for all of the program's first five seasons, including four as head coach.

For the last year Coach Chandler has been coaching and teaching at Ronald W. Reagan High School.[4] In an interview with two of his former softball players, they told that he was never cross with them at practice or games win or lose. The two girls told that because of his kind personality; that's what made him so likable with players, students and the staff.[5] Sadly four months later a student of Ray Chandler died in a car wreck.[6]

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  1. ^ "[1]. Retrieved September 23, 2010
  2. ^ "Retrieved September 29, 2010
  3. ^ "[2]. Retrieved September 24, 2010
  4. ^ "[3]. Retrieved September 24, 2010
  5. ^ ""Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-09-26. Retrieved 2010-09-25.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link). Retrieved September 24, 2010
  6. ^ "[4]. Retrieved January 11, 2011
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