Dwayne Chandler joined the University of Memphis staff in April, 2014 as Associate Director of Athletic Performance, bringing to the Park Avenue Campus extensive experience from both collegiate and professional levels.
In his first season working with the Memphis program, Chandler was part of the Tigers' American Athletic Conference title run. In 2014, Memphis equaled a school record for victories, posting a 10-3 record. The Tigers won their last seven games culminating with a 55-48 double-overtime win over BYU in the inaugural Miami Beach Bowl.
Prior to joining the Memphis staff, Chandler was the Assistant Athletic Director for Sports Enhancement at UAB where he oversaw the Blazers' strength and conditioning programs with direct oversight of UAB's football performance programs through the 2012 and 2013 seasons.
Chandler joined the UAB staff from his alma mater, the University of Oklahoma, where he was on staff from 2009-2011. He was an assistant strength and conditioning coach for the Denver Broncos during the 2007 and 2008 seasons. While with the Broncos, Chandler worked with players such as Jay Cutler, Brandon Marshall and Champ Bailey.
Prior to joining the staff at Denver, Chandler was promoted twice during an six-year span at the University of Minnesota (2001-2006). He joined the Golden Gophers' staff as a strength and conditioning assistant and speed coach in 2001 before being named co-head strength and conditioning coach in 2003. In 2004, Chandler was named the head strength and conditioning coach at Minnesota where he served until 2006.
During his time with the Gophers, Chandler instructed 12 players who were selected in the NFL Draft, including 2006 first-round draft choice Laurence Maroney and 2005 fourth-round selection Marion Barber III. His strength and conditioning efforts also helped the Golden Gophers advance to play in bowl games each of his last five years in the Twin Cities.
Before being named to the Minnesota staff, Chandler spent a season with the Dallas Cowboys, serving as a strength and conditioning intern.
Chandler is Strength and Conditioning Coach Certified (SCCC) by the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association. He is also USA Weightlifting Certified.
Chandler was a four-year letterwinner as a fullback from 1992-96 and was a Sooner teammate of Memphis head coach Justin Fuente during the 1996 season. Chandler led the Sooners in touchdowns (12) in 1993. He earned his bachelor's degree in Communication/Sociology from Oklahoma in 2000.