Moun­ties coach hon­oured

Chap­man got start coach­ing at Tantra­mar Re­gional High School

Sackville Tribune - - SPORTS/COMMUNITY -

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.”

Steve Chap­man

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