Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Chance Lindley
Position: Assistant Coach
Experience: 3 Years

Chance Lindley is in his third season as an assistant coach with the Arizona women's basketball program. In addition to Wildcat recruiting, Lindley is also responsible for team defense, working with the post players and game scheduling.

A Wichita, Kan. native, Lindley, 34, came to Arizona with seven years of head coaching experience at the high school and collegiate level where he amassed an overall coaching record of 148-33 (.818).

"Chance Lindley is our Midwestern connection. He's such a genuine guy. The demeanor and temperament he brings to our staff are much needed. He also brings a great knowledge of the game and a commitment to our program. I'm glad he made the move from Kansas to join us here at UA, to work with our team and to help build our program. He's a guy you can turn to no matter what the issue is. He'll bring a level head and do whatever it takes to get the job done."

Prior to his arrival in Tucson, Lindley served as head coach at Barton County Community College in Great Bend, Kan., leading the Cougars to a program-best 34-4 record, a Region IV Championship, and a fourth-place finish at the 2008 NJCAA Tournament, the top finish in school history.

Lindley was named the 2007-08 NJCAA Division I District F Women's Basketball Coach of the Year, the Jayhawk West Coach of the Year and the KBCA Junior College Women's Basketball Coach of the Year.

"I feel very blessed to be coaching at the University of Arizona and working alongside Niya Butts," Lindley said. "I am appreciative of my varied responsibilities and excited to be a part of helping to make this program successful."

Before coaching at Barton, Lindley was the head coach at Wichita Collegiate High School for four seasons, 2002-06, where he guided the Spartans to a 91-10 record (.901), three-straight state tournament appearances and a perfect 26-0 record and Class 3A state title during his final season. Lindley was named the 3A Coach of the Year in 2005-06 and won the Wichita Metro Coach of the Year award for two-straight seasons.

Lindley began his formal coaching career as the head coach at Wichita Independent High School. He led his team to an 18-4 record in his second season, the best mark in school history and more wins than the school had its three previous seasons combined.

Lindley graduated cum laude from Wichita State with a degree in education in 2000. He and his wife, Melissa, have a daughter, Brookelyn (4).