Coach Chanda Rigby to deliver keynote address at Troy University’s annual Honors Convocation

TROY women's basketball coach Chanda Rigby will deliver the keynote address at the Honors Convocation on the Troy Campus, Monday at 6 p.m.

TROY women's basketball coach Chanda Rigby will deliver the keynote address at the Honors Convocation on the Troy Campus, Monday at 6 p.m.

Troy University women’s basketball head coach Chanda Rigby will deliver the keynote address for the University’s Honors Convocation at 6 p.m., April 15 in the Claudia Crosby Theater on the Troy Campus.  

TROY students will be honored for their achievements during the event, including awards presented by each of the University’s five colleges and recognition of new honor society initiates.

Among the other awards to be presented are the Ingalls Award for Excellence in Classroom Teaching, presented to an outstanding faculty member, and the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Awards, given to a senior male and female student and to a distinguished faculty or staff member.

The Ingalls Award is given annually to the teacher on the Troy Campus who has “most diligently, effectively and cheerfully conducted his or her classes during the current academic year.” Students nominate faculty members for the award, and a committee of students and faculty advisors selects the recipient.

The Sullivan Award, which is presented at select colleges and universities throughout the United States, recognizes recipients for their excellence of character, humanitarian service and spiritual qualities. The award has been presented annually at TROY since 1981 with nominations for the awards coming from students, faculty and staff.

In addition, the University’s Faculty Senate will present the Dr. Robert Kruckeberg Faculty Excellence Award, which is presented annually to an outstanding lecturer or adjunct faculty member who demonstrates excellence in the areas of teaching, research and service. The award is named in memory of Dr. Kruckeberg, an Associate Professor of History who passed away in 2020 at the age of 43 after a courageous battle with cancer. The Teresa Penn Rodgers Excellence in Student Advising Award also will be presented during the convocation.

Chanda Rigby

Since taking over the program in 2012, Rigby has made Troy a perennial championship and NCAA Tournament contender. Rigby’s impressive resume includes eight 20+ win seasons, three Sun Belt Tournament Championships, two Sun Belt Regular Season Titles, three trips to the NCAA Tournament, eight postseason appearances, 23 all-conference selections, five Sun Belt Post Season Award winners, a Sun Belt Player of the Year honoree and a Sun Belt Coach of the Year honor.

From 2019-2023, the Troy Women’s Basketball team tallied the most wins of any Sun Belt men’s or women’s basketball team. Earlier this year, Rigby notched the 450th win of her coaching career and helped the Trojans to advance to the WNIT’s Fab Four to close out the season.

Before taking over the Trojan program in 2012-13, Rigby spent 12 years at the junior college level. She spent seven seasons at Pensacola State, coaching three WBCA All-Americans, one McDonald’s All-American and four NJCAA All-Americans. Rigby guided the Pirates to a combined 64-6 record over the last two seasons with two trips to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Final Four and earned two third-place finishes. Earlier this year, she was inducted into the Florida College System Activities Association Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2024.

Before Pensacola State, Rigby led Holmes Community College to four straight winning seasons and spent one season at NAIA Tabor College, where she transformed a last-place team into one of the top teams in the conference. Rigby began her head coaching career at Northwest Rankin High School in Mississippi in 1992 before returning to her home state of Louisiana to coach at Loranger High School from 1996-2000.

Rigby graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University with a bachelor’s degree in English education in 1990 and a master’s degree in secondary education in 1998. She earned her doctorate in higher education leadership from Nova Southeastern University in July 2017.

She is married to Ed Rigby, a high school football head coach and Athletic Director. The couple has two sons, Ramsey and Randon.