Mounties coach honoured
Chapman got start coaching at Tantramar Regional High School
Mount Allison Mounties men’s basketball coach Steve Chapman was recognized at the recent Irving high school tournament.
The tournament named one of its divisions in honour of Chapman, a popular figure in New Brunswick basketball circles.
Now in his 35th year behind the bench, Chapman has coached more than 1,000 games at the high school, university and professional levels. Among his accomplishments are an induction into the Horton High Basketball Hall of Fame in 2008, a standout player at Mount Allison University from 1978-1982 and a longtime high school and university basketball coach.
Chapman got his start coaching at Tantramar High School (1985-1992) and then coached the Mount Allison men’s team from 1992-2000. He directed the senior girls’ and later senior boys team at Bernice Macnaughton High School from 2003-2015. During that period, his teams appeared in 14 regional finals, six NBIAA provincial championship games, and won back-to-back NBIAA titles with the women’s team in 2007-2008.
Chapman is a two-time recipient of the NBIAA high school coach of the year award, and received the Basketball New Brunswick Longevity Service Coaching award in 2008.
After his high school coaching days, Chapman was part of the coaching staff for the inaugural Moncton Miracles of the National Basketball League of Canada. He returned to Mount Allison in 2017 to take the helm of the men’s team, where he remains today.
He has also managed to find time to conduct numerous basketball camps, served as a guest clinician around Atlantic Canada, and coached Basketball New Brunswick teams.
“A career of coaching and teaching has provided me a fabulous opportunity to meet so many great people from so many different walks of life,” said Chapman. “Whenever you have the chance to build relationships, positively influence the lives of young men and women, or impact the decision-making of future career paths of young people you teach and coach, that is fulfilling and it just doesn’t get any better than that.”