Columbia girls coach Frost takes job at Mays

Chantay Frost, who led Columbia’s girls basketball teams to state championships in 2010, 2012 and 2013, is the new head coach at Mays in Atlanta.

DeKalb County athletics coordinator and former Columbia boys coach Phil McCrary confirmed the hire Friday. Frost was not immediately available for comment Friday.

Columbia had never won a state playoff game in its history until Frost – who had never been a high school head coach – arrived in 2008-09. She immediately led the team to the quarterfinals.

Frost’s record at Columbia was 126-26, and her program sent more than a dozen players to college basketball, including Miah Spencer (N.C. State), Destinee Smith (North Florida) and Frost’s youngest daughter, Zuri Frost (Tennessee Tech).

Frost was an assistant at Stone Mountain before coming to Columbia as a teacher only. She remained involved in basketball in assisting with AAU and middle school teams on which her daughters played. When the Columbia job came open, she took it.

Mays won a Class AAAA championship in 2003 but has not advanced past the second round since 2006 and was 13-11 last season.

The new coach at Columbia is Carla Hollaway, formerly head coach of Champion Theme, the DeKalb County girls middle school champion.

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May 31st, 2013
11:49 am

CONGRATULATIONS to Chantay Frost !!!

Good luck at Benjamin Elijah Mays High School.


May 31st, 2013
12:19 pm

Wow, I saw this mentioned in the comments yesterday and it is a blog topic today. There are obvious people that participate here that are in the know.


May 31st, 2013
10:58 pm

Why leave chs

Rick James

June 1st, 2013
11:26 am

Good luck at Mays..Sounds like she will take them far.

Watching from the Sidelines

June 1st, 2013
9:12 pm

The best girl’s program on the Southwest side has been at Westlake under Hilda Hankerson although they haven’t won it all they have been consistently good. Frost will bring instant credibility to the court on B. E. Mays Drive for the young ladies. Good luck to both programs. Just wondering how this will tip the balance of power?

Truth Hurts

June 1st, 2013
10:45 pm

Coach Frost is one of the best there is – male or female. She will have Mays playing at a championship level in no time, and will run circles around Hankerson at Westlake. Hankerson has had tons of talent and hasn’t won a state title yet. Frost will start getting some of that talent to come to Mays and Hankerson will really be exposed. Then she’ll go ahead and retire, which would be best for her and for the program at Westlake.

Metro Ref

June 3rd, 2013
9:27 am

Wow!!!! What a shocker. Good luck Coach because for the last few years you’ve had the best girls team in town. There is no doubt in my mind that you will turn the Mays program around too.!!!!

Dekalb Watcher

June 3rd, 2013
12:34 pm

@ Truth Hurts That’s not accurate, nor a nice thing to say about coach Hankerson. Yes she has had talent, but so do a lot of other teams. We know why she didn’t win any from 2008-2010, SWD enough said! They are in the highest class now, which you know is loaded with Great teams. While some teams make it look easy winning a Championship, it is anything but easy! I just think that you need to be fair when talking about a coach who has not won a championship, because you believe she should have by now.

Truth Hurts

June 3rd, 2013
3:10 pm

@DeKalb: First, Westlake and SWD were never in the same classification. Westlake has been in the largest class for the better part of a decade.

Also, while I agree a coach’s total worth shouldn’t boil down to winning championships, HH has had entirely too much talent not to have won at least one by now — especially when she goes around telling people that Westlake is “basketball school.” She has won a ton of games with great talent and marginal coaching at best. She’s not terrible, but she will be completely over matched by Coach Frost.

If you are truly a “DeKalb Watcher,” I’ll give you the name of the person who would have Westlake playing for a championship in four to five years — Rhonda Malone.


June 3rd, 2013
3:21 pm

WOW…Truth Hurts…Where is Rhonda Malone these days. I had forgotten all about her but she would be an instant upgrade for any school in the state.

Dekalb Watcher

June 3rd, 2013
3:49 pm

@ Truth Hurts, Yes Westlake was in class 4 a, they played SWD in the 2008 Semi Final, Westlake had Tameka Willis, and SWD had Charenee Stephens both Sr’s that year. My mistake about 09-10 because of reclassification, I was thinking of another team. Well like I said it’s not easy to win a championship, Angie Hembree beat Hilda Hankerson the next year in the class 5 a semi final. That Norcross team beat a Rhonda Malone -less team in the title game. I heard some people giving coach Jackson all the credit for building up Redan’s program on these blogs that year, I guess they know better now.

Yes coach Malone is an outstanding coach, the fact that she left a loaded team and the cupboards full for years to come, says a lot about her. Let’s look at who Hilda had to beat to get to a title game in consecutive years, Kathy Walton, and Angie Hembree in 2008 and 2009. Look at the teams that have won since those years, Norcross(10,11,13) and McEachearn(12), we all know how Great those teams were. I still like to be fair to each coach, not really fair to her by bringing up another coach who has had more success. Hilda has brought success to Westlake,

I just want to give her just due since she runs a successful program. Other people may be able to come in and have greater success, I think this is a happy median we can both agree on.

Truth Hurts

June 3rd, 2013
8:24 pm

@DeKalb Watcher: My mistake on the 2008 team. Yes, Westlake was in AAAA back then. But the only thing we will agree on is that Westlake has had success, but it has been in spite of Hankerson, more so than because of her.

Westlake lies in one of the most talent rich communities in Georgia for any sport, so it’s not that hard at all to be successful there. Case in point: the boys TENNIS team is one of the best in Georgia, and routinely trounces teams from Cobb and Gwinnett. Watch how much of an improvement the football team makes this season now that they have a real coach who knows how to build a program (Kevin Love) at the helm.

Hankerson is and has been an average coach at best. The mark of a great coach is figuring out ways to beat teams with more talent than you have. Hankerson NEVER has done that, while I remember Coach Malone finding ways to beat Stephenson teams that were flat LOADED — even if it was during the regular season. My point is, Westlake has won a TON of games under Hankerson because they were more talented than 90 percent of their opponents. Whenever they face a team with more talent, they lose, and they’ve lost plenty of games against teams with inferior talent too.

Bottom line, if a change in leadership of the girls’ basketball team is not made soon, Mays will dominate, Langston Hughes (which has already surpassed Westlake) will be second in the pecking order and Westlake will drop to a distant third. Time to put out an A.P.B. for Coach Malone and beg her to come out of retirement!


June 4th, 2013
7:31 am

Truth be told, redan brought in several recruits! Sorry transfers were brought in!

Truth Hurts

June 4th, 2013
9:22 am

@Black: Maybe several girls did transfer to Redan, but they did so in order to play for a great coach in Rhonda Malone. And then they still, in most years, were not quite as talented as Stephenson during their glory years, yet Coach Malone figured out ways to beat them.


June 4th, 2013
10:27 pm

Willie Dee

June 6th, 2013
10:55 am

This is a BAD move for Coach Frost. She is a very good Coach but MAYS is an EVIL place. Dr. Smith is very messy and very hard to work with. I still can’t understand why he fired the football and first year girls’ basketball coach. She will find out that Mays is not all that. For myself I would have stayed at CHS.

Air Bud

June 7th, 2013
9:13 am

@Truth Hurts:
Let’s get to the real Truth the will Hurt! The talent at Westlake is OVERRATED! Those in/from the community are the only ones that think Westlake should be winning state titles. HH has done a wonderful job running that program and should not be measured on state titles. The last few years her teams have been overmatched losing to Championship squads of McEachern. Last season Westlake had a team full of underclassmen with several of them freshman and they were able to have a successful season. Frost is a great coach and will have success @Mays but she has had some studs at Columbia that she was able to develop. Its funny how you people can make statements rating coaches when you haven’t been in there shoes. I have attended Westlake games over the years and have seen them win games that they were clearly overmatched. Even in the 2010-2011 seasons Stevenson girls team was clearly better, bigger and stronger and tougher. So let’s really state why the truth hurts. The Westlake community thinks to highly of themselves and act like no one else has talent and they should simple win by showing up. Its like that with every sport there. P.S I seen something funny the other day with the football coaches wearing shirts that read ” Return to Glory” Someone please tell me when those glory days were??? LMAO!!!!!