Waco ISD announced Wednesday morning that University High School Soccer coach Mike Chapman passed away overnight.
The 58-year-old died from a heart attack.
Coach Chapman coached soccer for 26 years at University High. During his tenure, the Trojans won eight district championships and the school’s only state title with an undefeated, untied season in 2013. Along with his coaching responsibilities, Chapman also taught English and Government at University High.
“When you think University High School, you think of coach Mike Chapman,” University principal Dr. Ricky Edison said. “It is something that is going to be a big hole to fill.”
In addition to being a coach and a teacher, Chapman played a bigger role for some of his players.
“He was just a father figure to me, basically like filled in the dad role,” University soccer player Albert Campbell said. “He meant everything to me, I loved him so much.”
Chapman co-founded the ‘Make a Wish Come True’ program in 2007. The program has helped thousands of students over the years. Even so, Chapman did not do it for his own recognition.
“He didn’t want recognition for himself, he’d rather give it to people who deserved it more so to speak, but that’s the type of man he was,” University JROTC senior army instructor Leonard Montelongo said. “He always wanted to give back, see that smile on that little kid’s face, that four or five year old, that eight or nine year old, whatever.”
Attorney Dustin Chapman, Mike’s brother, released this statement from the family:
It is with a sad, sad heart that I share that my brother, Mike Chapman, passed away last night. Mike had a servant’s heart. He loved University High School and the South Waco community. He made sure his student athletes were students first and made sure they excelled, and I quote him, ‘in the classroom, in the community and on the field.’Dustin Chapman
From taking his team to visit sick children in hospitals, to delivering Meals on Wheels, he wanted to help instill a sense of community in his players. Some might say his biggest accomplishment was winning a State Championship, but it was being a role model for his students.
The Make-a-Wish program at Christmas was his favorite way to give back to the children of the South Waco community and we will make sure it continues. Our family is deeply humbled by all the kind words and support we have received.”
Mike Chapman’s brother
Waco ISD Superintendent Dr. Susan Kincannon released this statement about Coach Chapman:
Mike was a highly respected and much loved coach at University for 26 years with strong success as a teacher, mentor and friend. He was a positive role model and father figure to many. I was honored to have gotten to know him. His generosity and kindness during the holiday season was a joy to witness as he blessed so many of our students through the Make-A-Wish program. Many of his former students work at University, as well as across the Waco ISD, and are truly grieving this devastating loss.”Dr. Susan Kincannon
Waco ISD Superintendent
Waco High School Soccer sent out this supportive Tweet:
Counselors are at University High School helping students and staff grieve.
Visitation is set for Friday from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the University High School Performing Arts Center.
The funeral service will take place Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Waco ISD Stadium.