When Chip Mehaffey was a young basketball coach, he sought out the help of more experienced coaches for advice as he got his start in the profession. He always wanted to return the favor.
Mehaffey was officially named the athletic director at Central Tuesday, and he said helping coaches improve is one of his most important goals as he takes over the Bearcat athletic program.
“I’ve spent a lot of years studying coaching and motivation,” Mehaffey said. “And I really look forward to the challenge of partnering with the coaches at Muncie Central to help continue to provide quality programs for the community to enjoy.”
Mehaffey coached Winchester’s boys basketball team for more than a decade, resigning following the 2009-10 season. He remained a teacher at Winchester, and was an assistant coach for one season at Anderson University before a work conflict forced him to resign from that position.
When he wasn’t coaching last winter, Mehaffey began to consider what he wanted for his next career goal. He decided he wanted to be a school administrator.
“This summer I started looking at different positions, trying to find a good match for my family and me,” Mehaffey said. “And, again, I’m just really excited to have this opportunity to join the great Bearcat tradition.”
Mehaffey coached for 14 years at Winchester, leading the Golden Falcons to three Class 2A state runner-up finishes. The Golden Falcons made the state championship game in 1999-00, 2006-07 and 2007-08 during Mehaffey’s tenure.
Central principal Tom Jarvis, himself a former athletic director at Central, said Mehaffey’s ability to work with coaches was crucial to his landing the job. Mehaffey was unanimously approved by the school board Tuesday.
“He’s going to make coaches better just because of his background and his success at the high school and collegiate level,” Jarvis said. “…I think he’s highly organized, he knows how to relate to kids, obviously, with that track record.”
Mehaffey replaces Mike Schuck, who served as Central’s athletic director for a year. Schuck recently accepted a position as assistant principal and athletic director at Northside Middle School, citing a desire to spend more time with his family.