Copperas Cove alum, coach to be named to Hall of Fame
By SEAN HANEY
It’s been a busy summer for Brelan Chancellor, member of the class of CCHS 2010.
Not only has he returned home to Copperas Cove to coach the very team he played for while at CCHS, he is being recognized by his college alma mater, the University of North Texas “Mean Green.”
In his time at the University of North Texas, Chancellor had 324 rushing yards, 1,711 receiving yards, 3,468 return yards, 5,503 all-purpose yards and a total of 20 touchdowns, before a brief stint with the San Diego Chargers.
Just this past week, Chancellor was informed that his alma mater is inducting him into their Hall of Fame.
Chancellor talked about how he’s processing everything since the news broke.
“It’s the same cloud-9 feeling as when we won the 2014 Heart of Dallas Bowl against UNLV (36-14), just full of emotions,” Chancellor said. “Before that game, we set individual goals and goals as a team to make sure we played our absolute best game ever. It has made me think back to all the people who helped me along the way and getting the stamp of approval.”
When asked about his fondest memories at the University of North Texas, the Heart of Texas Bowl game came up again.
“We came into that game and said how we wanted to change the way North Texas is remembered and did exactly that. The group of men we had that year was a special group of men and we all worked as hard as we could to get to that moment, we will all be brothers forever.” added Chancellor.
At first, Chancellor felt like he didn’t have anything to give back to the kids who are playing football now, but he couldn’t resist giving it a chance.
He is currently a Defensive Backs coach for the Varsity Bulldawgs, being hired to join the staff of new head coach Tony Johnson.
“I was presented with the right opportunity at the right time and like how Coach Johnson came in and is doing what reminds him of what Coach McCarney did at the University of North Texas.” Chancellor said.
“Mean” Joe Green is also an Alumni from the University of North Texas, so when the news broke that Coach Chancellor was being inducted into the hall of fame at North Texas it didn’t sink in at first.
Chancellor thought it was a dream that he was being given the honor of one of the greatest to play the game of football at UNT.
With all his friends and family around him congratulating him, it finally felt real and was an absolute dream come true.
“Sitting next to Joe Green in the Hall of Fame is an amazing feeling that will never leave me.” Chancellor noted.
“Always work hard, never give up, keep striving to be great. It doesn’t matter if you’re playing tic tac toe with your kids or going to a job interview, always put 100 percent into anything you do. Everything will fall into place, go be remembered, don’t live your life not being remembered so always try and do something to be remembered.” Chancellor stated.