Chandler, a native of Aberdeen, Miss., will oversee UAB's entire strength and conditioning program and work directly with the Blazers' football team.
Chandler, 38, has spent the past 12 years working as a strength coach, most recently at his alma mater, the University of Oklahoma, where he served as an assistant on the staff since 2009.
He spent two years as an assistant strength and conditioning coach for the Denver Broncos. During his two seasons (2007-08) with the Broncos, Chandler worked with such standout performers as Jay Cutler, Brandon Marshall and Champ Bailey.
Prior to joining the staff in Denver, Chandler was on the staff at the University of Minnesota, joining the Golden Gophers 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 football program advance to bowl games in each of his last five seasons at Minnesota.
Before going to Minnesota, Chandler spent a season with the Dallas Cowboys, serving as a strength and conditioning intern.
Chandler was a four-year letterwinner as a fullback at Oklahoma from 1992-96 and met new Blazers' head football coach Garrick McGee when they were Sooners' teammates. Chandler led the Sooners in touchdowns (12) in 1993. He earned his bachelor's degree in communication/sociology from Oklahoma in 2000.