Solano Stal­lions to play at Will C. Wood

Times-Herald (Vallejo) - - SPORTS -

By Bobby John Spe­cial to the Re­porter

Af­ter the Amer­i­can Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (ABA) an­nounced last year it would add the Solano Stal­lions to the lineup of teams com­pet­ing in the Far West Divi­sion, the Stal­lions re­cruited their cur­rent ros­ter, most of whom are Solano County prod­ucts.

An­dre Chilton, a 22-year United States Air Force vet­eran, is head­ing the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s bas­ket­ball op­er­a­tions and is ea­ger to lead the Stal­lions into a suc­cess­ful first sea­son. Af­ter re­turn­ing to the U.S. in 2013, Chilton served as as­sis­tant head coach at Jesse Bethel High School be­fore coach­ing col­lege bas­ket­ball at Cal­i­for­nia State Mar­itime Academy.

“I’m happy with our progress,” Chilton said. “We are fo­cus­ing on build­ing a great or­ga­ni­za­tion and pro­duc­ing great bas­ket­ball.”

Chilton played point guard for Ma­con Col­lege in Ge­or­gia. He played over­seas for a slew of se­lec­tive all-star mil­i­tary squads and com­peted in Ger­man and Ital­ian semi-pro leagues. He de

cided to take up the coach­ing man­tle in 2003 and led the Ram­stein Rams in Kais­er­slautern, Ger­many. Chilton later started train­ing

play­ers in Ok­i­nawa, Ja­pan.

Chilton founded NoTime2Chi­ll Skills Academy in 2016 to help el­e­vate play­ers’ games to the next level and no­ticed the lack of pro op­por­tu­ni­ties in the Solano County area.

“I had play­ers who were look­ing to com­pete on a

pro­fes­sional level,” Chilton said. “The Solano Stal­lions will pro­vide that out­let for play­ers as­pir­ing to a pro­fes­sional bas­ket­ball ca­reer. We want to de­velop play­ers and give them the op­por­tu­nity to ad­vance to the next level.”

The Stal­lions played the Con­tra Costa Delta Stars

on Nov. 17 be­fore their first home game against the topranked ABA team in the na­tion, the San Fran­cisco City Cats, at Will C. Wood High School on Nov. 24.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit the Solano Stal­lions spon­sor page: solanos­tal­lions.com/spon­sor/

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