When Paul Laurence Dunbar hired Scott Chalk as its new boys' basketball coach a few days ago, it got a veteran of the rough-and-tumble 11th Region.
Only Allen Feldhaus Jr., who's been at Madison Central for 19 years, has more current time in the region than Chalk, who was at Franklin County the last nine seasons, and at Frankfort for nine years before that.
"I've been in the 11th Region for 18 years, so I know the situation and what it takes to win," Chalk said.
"I'm really excited to be going to one of the premier schools in the region. Dunbar is a great school, with a great facility, and the talent level in Lexington is always good."
Chalk, 49, replaces Justin Yeary, who was the Bulldogs' coach for two years.
Chalk, who has more than 300 career victories, said he's ready to handle the challenges at Dunbar.
"It's a big job at a big school. Ten or 15 years ago I may not have felt like I was ready for it.
"But experience is the greatest teacher. I've been through a lot of things. I've gotten more and more organized over the years. I'm confident I know what needs to be done."
Chalk started his coaching career as an assistant to Steve Smith at Oak Hill Academy. His first head coaching job was at Williamstown. He was there two years before moving to Frankfort.
He guided the Panthers to five consecutive All "A" Classic state tournaments, and four regional tournaments before taking over at Franklin County. He had an overall record of 141-116 with the Flyers, including seven trips to the regional tournament.
Chalk inherits a talented team at Dunbar. The Bulldogs return Mike Smith and William Gary, both of whom averaged 20 points as juniors this past season, and 6-foot-7 senior-to-be Taylor King.
"We have something to build on, and I think we can be pretty competitive right from the start," Chalk said.