HometownMcLennan County


University High School soccer coach, 58, dies from heart attack

Posted at 8:45 AM, Jan 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-15 20:34:38-05

University High School is mourning one of their own.

High school soccer coach Mike Chapman passed away Tuesday night. Waco ISD said that he suffered from a heart attack.

He was 58 years old.

The school released this statement:

"Waco ISD has suffered a tremendous loss with the passing of our beloved University High School Soccer Coach Mike Chapman. We join University High School and the entire South Waco community in grieving the loss of a true gentleman who made such an impact as a coach, teacher and friend.

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.

The staff and district counselors have immediately jumped into action to ensure we have set up a safe space for grieving students and staff at University. Extra counselors will be available on campus today as well. I would also like to thank ESC Region 12 for their support during this difficult time."

Many friends and family went to Facebook on Wednesday to remember him

Chapman lead the "Make a Wish Come True" initiative and worked with students to get Christmas gifts for children in need.