Hall of Fame Head Golf Coach Paul Chavez is entering his 23nd year at the helm of the Wrangler golf program. During his tenure, Coach Chavez has revived the OC golf program to national prominence. The Wranglers won BACK TO BACK National Championships in 2004 and 2005 and once again in 2017. Coach Chavez was named 2017 NJCAA National Coach of the Year, along with being named National Coach of the Year another 4 times. The Wranglers have won 149 team championships (under Coach Chavez) which include: 9 NJCAA Region V Championships, 10 NJCAA Texas State Championships, and 10 WJCAC Conference Championships. During this time the Wranglers have finished in the Top 5 Nationally 14 times and have produced 32 NJCAA All-Americans (including the 2003 and 2015 individual champion, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2017 runner-up), 23 Ping All-Americans (began in 2007), 53 NJCAA All-Region, 45 NJCAA All-State, and 70 WJCAC All-Conference performers. In all 96 student-athletes have transferred to 4-year institutions, and 5 are currently playing at the professional level.
This includes former Odessa College standout golfer, Abraham Ancer. Ancer finished the 2017 PGA Web.Com 3rd on the money list and has earned his card into the 2018 PGA Tour and is currently #65 on the 2019 PGA Fed Ex Cup rankings. Ancer is the first Wrangler (under Coach Chavez) to earn his status on the PGA Tour. Ancer was the 2010 NJCAA Player of the Year (Jack Nicklaus Award) and 2010 NJCAA Freshman of the Year (Phil Mickelson Award), along with earning NJCAA All-American, Ping All-American, NJCAA All-State, NJCAA All-Region, WJCAC All-Conference, and led the Nation in Scoring Average with a 71.16.
The 2003-2004 season proved to be a HISTORIC year for the Odessa College Wrangler Golf Program as the Wranglers won an unprecedented 14 team championships in a row and finished the year with a perfect 119 – 0 record and won the 1st of 2 National Championships under Coach Chavez. During the same year, Coach Chavez was selected to coach Team USA in the World University Golf Championships (Thailand) and won the bronze medal. Coach Chavez was once again selected to coach Team USA in the 2006 World University Golf Championships and Team USA came away with the silver medal. This was followed by a Top 10 performance in the 2014 World University Golf Championships in Switzerland.
For his outstanding effort and great winning tradition, Coach Chavez was inducted into the NJCAA Hall of Fame (2007), followed by the 2014 induction into the WJCAC Hall of Fame, and then the GCAA Hall of Fame (2017).
Coach Chavez is also involved with other activities away from the golf course. He recently served on the NJCAA Golf Poll (Div. 1) committee and is a Past President of the NJCAA Coaches Association and was instrumental in the implementation of the Golfstat scoring system for NJCAA Golf. Coach Chavez also serves on the Golf Advisory Board for Ratliff Ranch Golf Links, Texas Junior Golf Tour Advisory Board member, current President of Permian High School Boys Golf Booster Club, Upward Basketball Coach, and has been the guest speaker at several engagements along with being involved with many church and community activities.
An avid golfer, Coach Chavez has competed in the National Coaches golf tournament, finishing in the Top 5 in 1997 – 2000. Coach Chavez has also competed in the Odessa Cup, Mission Dorado Club Championship, Odessa City Golf Championship, and the Parent/Child Golf Tournament (which Coach Chavez and son Jaden won in 2012 and 2015).. The Wranglers along with Coach Chavez have also volunteered at the Permian Basin Charity Classic (Web.com Tour), West Texas Kidney foundation, Joe Beene Golf tournament, Permian Basin Fair, Free Kids Golf Clinic, and other charity events.
Coach Chavez is also proud to conduct various youth clinics and camps for children in the Permian Basin area. He also conducted the first ever Nike Golf Camp and the Odessa College Elite Golf Camps. In 2007, Odessa College acquired Champions Golf Center (formerly Legacy Golf Center). Coach Chavez serves as the manager of the facility and golf instructor.
Chavez earned an associate degree from Carl Sandburg College and a B.A. in psychology with a minor in Physical Education from the University of Texas of the Permian Basin. He and his wife, Dottie, have two sons, Kyler 22 and Jaden 18.