University High School’s soccer field is named for beloved coach Mike Chapman

WACO, TX (KWTX) – On Tuesday, a local high school football field was dedicated and officially named in honor of Mike Chapman, a beloved and longtime college high school football coach who died suddenly of a heart attack in January 2020.

The college football field and high school training ground, which is a focal point of athletics for the entire college high school, is now known as “Mike Chapman Soccer Field”.

Friends, family and student-athletes gathered Tuesday morning for the official unveiling of the metal panel which was made by students from the Greater Waco Advanced Manufacturing Academy through Waco ISD.

“It was well deserved,” said Middle School Athletics district coordinator Dustin Sykora. “We wanted to allow his legacy to endure, and this is just one more step we could give our student-athletes to see who laid the groundwork and who set the standard that will continue forever here with the college high school soccer program. ”

Mike Chapman coached varsity high school football for 28 years before his death in 2020 when the 58-year-old collapsed outside the school field after a game against La Vega.

Chapman’s success as a coach is indisputable.

Legendary Waco coach Mike Chapman, highly decorated and widely admired on and off the football field, has been posthumously inducted into the Texas Association of Soccer Coaches Hall of Honor.(Courtesy photos)

He had 443 wins at the helm of the football program, and at the time of his death ranked 20th on the all-time winning list for Texas high school football coaches.

Chapman, as the boys’ head football coach since 1992, has led his teams to 21 playoff appearances, eight district championships, eight bi-district championships, nine zone championships, regional quarterfinal appearances and a state championship in 2013.

Over the past decade, he has also served as head coach of women’s soccer and his teams have played in seven playoff games, won four district championships, five bi-district championships, three regional championships and have been runners-up twice. .

For his outstanding success, Chapman was posthumously inducted into the Texas Football Coaches Association Hall of Honor in Galveston last year.

He was also inducted into the Waco ISD Athletics Hall of Fame. But Mike is just as well known for his victories on the court as he is for his service to others.

The Trojan Football Team visited hospitalized children and nursing home residents, helped with Meals on Wheels, participated in the annual Food for Families campaign, Toys for Tots, Sharing Party HEB and Jump Rope for Heart, and spoke to local elementary school students about “What it takes to be a student-athlete.”

For more than a decade, Chapman and his teams have made Christmas dreams come true for hundreds of local elementary school students through his Make a Wish Come True program, which continues to thrive today.

Mike’s brother, Kyle, took over the soccer program his brother started as head coach.

Mike also inspired his nephew, Dylan, to become a college coach in the past year.

Dylan said today’s dedication is an honor for his entire family.

“For us, it’s very special,” Dylan said. “Mike has spent a lot of his life working in college and being here for the kids and he always had a running joke with us about him dying in college, and he did.”

The new metal sign hangs above a photo of the 2013 State Championship team that Mike coached and on the back of this sign will be other highlights from Mike’s career.

Dylan said after all Mike has done for varsity high school and the community, he is grateful to have a permanent marker that will honor Coach Chapman for generations to come.

“I don’t think there’s anything better than being able to come here and see your name here every day when the kids go out to practice, and it’ll always be there for everyone to see when they cross this sports car park. plot.”

“After everything he’s done to build this program, I think it’s very fitting.”

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