After a national search, the Panthers are happy to announce the hiring of their new Head Men’s Basketball Coach, Taylor Shaffer. He comes to Chanute from Alamosa, Colorado where he spent this last season with the Adams State Men’s Basketball program as the head assistant coach. Prior to that he spent two seasons as an assistant at Chadron State in Nebraska.
Coach Shaffer brings good experience to the program boasting 5 years of playing experience as well as 6 years of collegiate coaching experience including at the NCAA Division II level, a year abroad working for the United States Basketball Academy in Xi’an China, as well as 3 years of experience coaching at the NJCAA level. He is a passionate, player-focused, individual who emphasizes a program focused upon establishing a winning culture that is centered on toughness, teamwork, accountability, and caring relationships.
Some of his player and coaching accolades include:
2016-2017 NJCAA Region IX South Coach of the Year
2021 helped lead Chadron State to their 7th conference tournament in school history
Coached 9 all-region/all-conference players in my 6 years
Coached 2 pros at Chadron State, and 2 who are currently signed with an agent at Adams State
Won the 2012 Region IX Championship and went to the Elite Eight in the national tournament as a player at Otero Junior College
Athletic Director Riann Mullis, was excited about this hire stating, “He is going to be good, he will bring a great culture and help take our Men’s Basketball program to that next level.”
Coach Shaffer is also excited for the opportunity to get going at the SHO, “I would like to thank the Board Members, President Dr. Brian Inbody, and Athletic Director Riann Mullis for this opportunity to take over the Men’s Basketball program. I am beyond ecstatic to be joining Neosho County Community College.”
Shaffer, takes over the head coaching duties effective immediately and plans to hit the ground running finishing up recruitment and getting organized for the 2022-2023 season.