WACO, Texas (KWTX) – A beloved local football coach who died suddenly in January 2020 of a heart attack has been posthumously inducted into the Texas Football Coaches Association Hall of Honor in Galveston Friday night and his success on the pitch is remembered as much as he was for his impact.
Mike Chapman’s biography on the Texas Association of Soccer Coaches page stated that his crown on the field was the 2013 State Championship team that went undefeated with 33 wins and no losses, but that “his ultimate calling was to be a mentor and a selfless friend. “
Mike Chapman was congratulated at the ceremony by his nephew, Dylan Chapman, who said he was also inspired to coach at the University last year. Dylan accepted the award on behalf of his late uncle’s family.
Dylan told the crowd that what makes a good coach can be defined in many ways, but his uncle was all that and more.
“We would all have different answers to that, but I think we would all agree to get the most out of your players and that’s what he was great for,” Dylan said at the ceremony.
“He could have coached in baseball, basketball, soccer, hockey. It does not matter. His teams would have been just as good because he was always capable, everyone around him would always live up to his potential because he took him out of them.
Mike’s brother, Kyle, took over the program his brother built. His other brother, Dustin, said being inducted into the Hall of Honor was a huge honor for all who loved Mike.
“Our family is deeply touched by this honor,” Dustin told KWTX. “Mike never looked for credit or honors. He was truly a selfless man.
Mike Chapman’s success as a coach is unmistakable. Chapman had 443 wins in his 26 years as the head of the varsity high school soccer program. At the time of his death, he placed 20th on the all-time winning list for Texas high school football coaches.
Mike took the boys ‘program to 21 playoff appearances and the girls’ team to seven.
For his success as a coach, he was named Super Centex Coach of the Year in 2003, 2005, 2012 and 2013. He was named Super Centex Coach of the Decade in 2019.
Chapman was also District 17 4A Coach of the Year in 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2013.
His distinctions went well beyond the field.
Mike was named University Professor of the Year in 1994, Baylor University Motivator of the Year in 1994, Centex Hispanic Chamber Volunteer of the Year in 2007, and UIL Man of the Year in 2012.
But perhaps what he remembers the most is his impact on elementary-age children around Christmas time.
Coach Chapman started the Make-A-Wish-Come True program 13 years ago with the goal of granting wishes for Waco ISD students who might not have gifts under the tree on Christmas morning. .
In the first year, the wishes of some 20 students were granted. By 2019, the number had grown to 400.
1st sergeant. Leonard Montelongo of University High School’s JROTC said the program was the real pride and joy of Coach Chapmans.
“It was one of his highlights that he looked forward to every year – watching the children’s faces as they received their gifts,” Montelongo said.
Coach Chapman’s family, as well as the ROTC junior college program, continue the tradition this year.
They are asking for gift cards this year because of COVID. Gift card donations can be dropped off at University High School or Bush’s Chicken at the Central Texas Marketplace on South Valley Mills Drive.
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