Robert Chandler, a coach and teacher at for three decades known for holding students to high standards and earning their respect, died Thursday after a battle with pancreatic cancer, according to Madison Athletic Director Sean Dowling.
Chandler won two state championships in his tenure as varsity soccer coach and, last month, students and alumni showed their appreciation and support for Chandler —the Chandler Cup—in his honor.
In addition to coaching the varsity boys soccer team, Chandler coached varsity baseball and basketball, winning a sectional championship in baseball and qualifying for the state tournament several times in basketball.
Chandler, a Millburn resident, taught physical education, driver's ed, health and first aid. He retired from the district effective July 1.
In an interview at the June 20 tournament, he credited students and his family with keeping him going. He also said the years teams didn't bring home titles were still successes in his book.
"They did the best they could," he said. "That's sometimes as good as winning the championship."
Information about services was not immediately known Friday afternoon.