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George West police officer hired as pro head coach
by Tim Delaney
Feb 23, 2013 | 6623 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
By the end of February, Police Officer Nick Chavis will resign from the George West Police Department.

He is pursuing something he’s dreamed about for years.

Chavis was hired as a head coach for the San Antonio Defenders team in the National Spring Football League.

“It’s solely dedicated to being a developmental football league for guys who slipped between the cracks in the National Football League. It’s professional football. It’s just not the Major League,” Chavis said.

“Our league will operate around $7 million for the year for all eight teams,” he said.

The teams include Boston, Rhode Island, Virginia Beach and Atlanta in the East Conference, and Houston, San Antonio, Los Angeles and San Jose in the West Conference.

Chavis said one combine (tryout) on Jan. 26, which included 40-yard dash, agility shuttles, one-on-one drills and seven-on-seven drills.

Chavis had a second combine on Feb. 16.

“Both were held at Wheatley Heights Sports Complex, 1023 Upland Road.

“We have yet to lock down our home field, but it looks like it might be the Dub Farris Stadium,” he said.

Season tickets for the games go on sale in a little more than a week.

“We’ll have to get it locked down before sales,” Chavis said.

So, how did Chavis land the job as head coach?

“I played in Europe back in spring 2006 – over in Scotland, actually. I have a bio on Europlayers.com, and I’ve kept the bio up,” he said.

Chavis was offered six coaching jobs in four days.

“I interviewed for the head coaching job for the Houston team on Dec. 15. They were going to bring me on as an assistant, but two days later, they said they were putting together a team in San Antonio,” he said.

“They asked if I wanted the head coach job there, and I said yes.”

Chavis is a Three Rivers High School graduate. He joined the U.S. Navy and was attached to Marine infantry units as a hospital corpsman. He served overseas and all over.

He was hired on at Blinn College in Brenham and coached in 2006 at East Central College at Decatur, Miss.

He has coached in semi-pros since 1999.

In 2010, he was named “Coach of the Year” in the South Texas Amateur Football League.

His first law enforcement job was with the Live Oak County Sheriff’s Office in 2008 for six months.

He spent two-and-a-half years in Dilley where he was a corporal investigator for about nine months before a lieutenant was hired.

He has been with the George West Police Department since April 2012.

In addition to Chavis, the National Spring Football League has hired a general manager: Everett Hernandez, and a director of marketing: Merissa Love.

Chavis said he will commute to San Antonio for now.

Chavis is married to Amanda and has a 2-year-old daughter, MacKenna Rae.

“Amanda is excited about it. The season is only five months out of the year.”

The first game is April 20. Chavis said the San Antonio Defenders will be playing the Boston Freedom Fighters.

“The head coach of the Boston team – Patrick Pass – has three Super Bowl rings.

Chavis wasn’t sure, but he said tickets will be between $10 and $20.

The league’s website is nsflcombines.com while the San Antonio Defenders website is sanantoniodefenders.org.

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