Michael (Mike) Bryan Chapman passed away unexpectedly on January 14, 2020 in Waco, TX. He was born in Waco on July 29, 1961, to Edward and Billie Chapman.
Mike graduated from Midway High School in 1979 and from Baylor University in 1983 and again in 1985.
He began coaching at Midway Junior High in 1985 and moved to Granbury Middle School in 1988, making countless friends at both schools. In 1992, he began teaching and coaching at University High School. He became the head boys’ soccer coach in 1993. Mike wanted his student-athletes to be students first and made sure they excelled “…in the classroom, in the community and on the field.” The Trojan Soccer program became his legacy, also coaching the girls’ team beginning in 2010.
His lists of accomplishments are many:
443 wins as a boy’s coach, making him #20 on the all-time wins list for Texas High School Soccer Coaches;
21 boys’ playoff appearances;
7 girls’ playoff appearances;
Named University High School Teacher of the Year 1994;
Named Baylor University Teacher Motivator of the Year 1994;
Named Super Centex Coach of the Year 2003, 2005,2012, 2013;
Named District 17-4A Coach of the Year 2005, 2006, 2008, 2013;
Named Centex Hispanic Chamber Volunteer of the Year 2007;
Named UIL Man of the Year 2012;
Named Super Centex Soccer Coach of the Decade 2019;
His crowning achievement on the field was the 2013 State Championship team that went 33-0. But his ultimate calling was to be a mentor and a self-less friend. His teams performed countless hours of community service. He loved University High School and the South Waco Community. His greatest joy was the Make-A-Wish Come True program that he and 1st Sgt. Leonard Montelongo started. This was the 11th year of the program and over 400 wishes were granted. There are so many sponsors in the community that we would like to thank individually but it would be impossible. From the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU. It is our goal for Make-A-Wish Come True to continue and to become even stronger. In lieu of flowers, an account for the Make-A-Wish Come True program has been set up at Community Bank and Trust under the Coach Mike Chapman Charitable Fund. Donations can be made at all 3 locations.
He was preceded in death by his father, Edward Chapman, grandparents Will Ed Chapman, Margaret McCollum, Charlie McCollum, Edgar Blassingame and Jennie Ruth (Nanny) Blassingame, and uncles Charles Ray McCollum and Larry McCollum.
He is survived by his mother, Billie Chapman, and brothers, David Chapman and wife, Cindy, Kyle Chapman and his wife Leslie, and Dustin Chapman and his wife Patty, niece Krystal Malichi, nephew Dylan Chapman, uncles and aunts - Kenneth and Sandra Blassingame, Terry and Michelle McCollum, Ronnie and Peggy McCollum, Karen Skiles, Janice McCollum, Sheila Bradford and numerous cousins and friends. Mike loved his co-workers and considered them family. The family would like to especially thank Ricky Perez and the Perez family, Jerry Williams, Alice Meek, Chelsea Hooten, Sean Sutcliffe, Sarah Scott, Leonard Montelongo, Linda Johnson, Linda Milam, Larry Renfro, Tim O’Leary, Dr. Ricky Edison, Cain Quiroz, Johnny Tusa, Jack Stanley, Christine Espinosa, Melissa Hickey, Matt Horton, Bush’s Chicken, Dr. Susan Kincannon, the Waco ISD School Board and all current and former University High School staff.
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