Apprentice School has named Franklin Chatman as its men's basketball coach.
Chatman had been head coach at Nansemond-Suffolk Academy for the last two years.
"It has always been a dream of mine to become a collegiate head coach," said Chatman. "For it to happen where I got my first collegiate coaching job, at the Apprentice School, I couldn't be happier."
Chatman was an assistant for the Apprentice men's team in 2005-06.
Chatman also coaches in the Boo Williams AAU program with the 16-under elite traveling team. He has had 26 players go through that program and move on to NCAA Division I schools.
He began coaching in the area at Nansemond River High in 1999-2000. While at Nansemond River for five years, he coached a powerhouse squad that was a perennial regional tournament participant. Several of his former players went on to various levels of post-secondary education, including Virginia Commonwealth University, the U.S. Naval Academy, Elizabeth City State University, Hampton University and Norfolk State. He also coached three former Apprentice School players -- Eric Joe, Fred Spratley and Thomas Scott.
Chatman is a graduate of Virginia State, with a bachelor's degree in business education in 1994. He played three years for the VSU basketball team; his teams made the CIAA tournament final once and lost in the semifinals once during his playing days. He earned a master's degree in administration and supervision from Old Dominion University in 2003. Chatman and his wife, Sonya, are the parents of two sons Franklin II (12) and Tyler (9).
"We are excited to offer Coach Chatman the opportunity to lead our men's basketball program," said Keisha Pexton, the school's director of athletics. "In a very competitive candidate pool, his professionalism, passion for preparing young men for leadership in our company and community and overall coaching philosophy made him the best fit for our program. I am certain that he will be a great addition to our Apprentice School athletic staff."Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun