2018 Athletic Inductees
  • Michael Chandler (Represented by Michael Chandler Sr.), James Choate, and James Snell

Michael Chandler - Class of 2004

  • Michael E. Chandler was born April 24, 1986 in St. Louis, Missouri.  The son of Michael and Betty Chandler of High Ridge, Michael was a proud 2004 graduate of Northwest High School.  In high school, Michael participated in three years of football, two years of student council, and four years of wrestling. The highlights of Michael’s four years of Northwest Athletics include: three-time wrestling captain, Northwest High School’s first four-time state qualifier in wrestling, and finishing second at state his senior year.  After high school, Michael pursued his wrestling dream by competing 4 years at the University of Missouri.  Michael started his career as a walk-on and impressed coach Brian Smith so much that he later earned a full scholarship.  His accomplishments at the D-1 level include serving two years as captain, earning NCAA All-American status, and earning a degree in Personal Finance Management Services.  

    After Chandler’s completion of his academic pursuits at the University of Missouri, he continued his athletic career with a new goal of becoming a Mixed Martial Artist. Anyone who knows his mother, Betty, knows it took a lot of talking to convince her that this was going to be Michael’s path. With his family by his side, Michael made this dream a reality with the same dedication and drive he demonstrated while at Northwest and the University of Missouri. Michael Chandler has since been recognized as a two-time MMA World Champion and three time Fighter of the Year candidate. Michael Chandler is a household name around the world and especially with the students, graduates, wrestlers, and community that make up the Northwest R-1 School District.  


James O. Choate - Class of 1976

  • James Choate, a 1976 graduate of Northwest High School, was born in 1957 and was raised in the town of House Springs.  James’s first academic year in the Northwest R-1 School District exposed him to a great second grade teacher: Mrs. Maxwell.  James continued his education in the Northwest School District and entered high school in the fall of 1972.  James was excited for his high school experience and his opportunity to display his talents, both athletically and academically.  James’s interests included football, basketball, and baseball.  As a three-sport athlete, James earned two varsity letters in basketball, three in baseball, and two in football.  Some additional individual accomplishments include:  hitting .333 and .463 in baseball, passing for 3,549 yards and 36 touchdowns, being named to the All-Conference Team in football two years, leading his team to a 9-1 record and conference championship in 1976, and being named as the Post-Dispatch Scholar Athlete in 1976.  

    James continued his football career at Southeast Missouri State University where he graduated in 1980 with a Bachelor of Science in Education and later earned his Master’s Degree in Education from Maryville University.  During James’s 38 years of teaching, he spent time at St. Genevieve High School, Northwest High School, Rockwood South Junior High, Rockwood Summit High School, and Lafayette High School.  His athletic knowledge and expertise were again called upon as he coached football, basketball, baseball, and golf for many of these schools.  James then completed 25 years of teaching physical education and the Missouri Options Program to At-Risk Students.   James was presented the Rockwood Outstanding Service in Education Award helping over 430 students earn a high school diploma.  

    James Choate’s family, wife Annette (McKee) Choate, also class of 1976; son, Corey Choate; daughter, Katrina Choate; and grandchildren, Alexis and Kaiser; demonstrate their pride in him through their attendance here tonight. His wife and children are successful in their own right. His wife, Annette, is a two-time Teacher of the Year recipient and Emerson Award winner in the Fox C-6 School District. His son, Corey, boasts a successful collegiate golf career and is the proud winner of the Publix Open Championship and City Golf Championship. His daughter, Katrina, has been recognized as a two-time All American Golfer at Drury University. Corey and Katrina are currently educators in the Rockwood School District where they both teach and coach golf. The members of this family have devoted their hearts and souls to the education of children and the athletic growth of young student-athletes, and we in the Northwest District are appreciative for all they have done and will continue to do.


James O. Snell - Retired 1991

  • James O. Snell was born on March 30, 1939 in St. Louis, Missouri.  When he was nine years old, he moved with his family to Doniphan, Missouri where he resided until he graduated from Doniphan high school in 1957.

    Throughout his high school years, James excelled in basketball and baseball, but surprisingly, he did not play football, as it was not offered at Doniphan High School.  Upon completion of high school, James followed his high school sweetheart, Carolyn Braschler (Snell) to Arkansas State University where he earned his Bachelor's Degree in Education and Master’s Degree in Administration.  While in college, James had his first opportunity to play football, and participated on the rifle team.  In 1961, James and his wife, Carolyn, moved from Arkansas to House Springs, Missouri to accept teaching jobs in the area.  James and Carolyn currently reside in House Springs.  

    As an educator of 30 years, James taught physical education, health, and science classes in the Northwest and Hillsboro School Districts.  He even tried his hand at administration, but coaching drew him back to the classroom.

    James is mostly known for his passion and competitiveness for coaching football.   After coaching for Northwest as an Assistant football coach for six years, James had the opportunity to initiate the football program at Hillsboro High School back in 1967.  He was the Head football coach for this program from 1967-1969.  After this, he was hired back at Northwest as Head Coach in 1970.  His head coaching stats for the Lions over 14 years, 1970-1983, specifically include 83 wins, 49 losses, and 8 ties.  Over the 23 years coaching football, some of his career highlights include: 138 wins, 70 losses, and 13 ties, 10 team conference championships, three second place finishes, and five third.  James had the opportunity to coach 65 All-Conference players, five All-Metro Players, six All-State Players, two All-Americans, and one NFL player.  James was named Coach of the Year five times by the Coach’s Association and was the first coach to take a 4A Jefferson County Team to the State Playoffs.  His competitiveness and drive for winning didn’t stop with football.  Along with his stellar football resume, James also coached six years of basketball, two years of track, and 20 years of golf, where he also had the opportunity to coach three golf state qualifiers, including his son, Brad Snell.

    James can say, without hesitation, that none of these accomplishments would have happened without his wife Carolyn Snell, who attended every Friday night game and hosted every Sunday night film session at their house.  Her delicious meals to feed the more than 60 players, coaches and their families didn’t hurt either.  James would also like to thank his sons, Brian and Brad Snell, his daughters, Kerri Shelton and Kristi Lee, who was a 2014 Hall of Fame inductee, their spouses, and seven grandchildren for being by his side throughout the years.  James would especially like to thank every player and coach that walked, ran, threw, tackled, dribbled and gave their all to make his career what it was at NHS, despite having a temper like Bobby Knight.