This year, the Irving Men's High School Basketball Classic has named their divisions after two key figures in New Brunswick basketball. One of these individuals is our very own, Coach Steve Chapman.
Steve Chapman ('82, '83) has been coaching basketball as long as the Irving Men's High School Basketball Classic has been in existence.
Now in his 35th year behind the bench, Steve has coached more than 1,000 games at the high school, university, and professional level. 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 long-time high school and university basketball coach.
Steve 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 Provincial Championships with the women's team in 2007-2008.
Steve is a two-time recipient of the NBIAA High School Coach of the Year, and received the Basketball New Brunswick Longevity Service Coaching Award in 2008.
After his high school coaching days, Steve was part of the coaching staff of 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.
Reflecting on his time with the game, Steve said: "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. It has been life-changing, really."
"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.
Photo caption: Supporters of the basketball Mounties and Coach Chapman gathered at the Lodge at King's College on November 17, 2018.