Written by Carroll Conley - DEXTER- Galen Chapman has been involved with the Lady Tigers softball program for eight years now, two as Paul Henderson’s assistant and six years as head coach. The 1976 Dexter grad played basketball and baseball during his high school days and continued to play baseball in the team leagues. He also played slow pitch softball with his brother James, winning the softball state championship in 1979.
“We played slow pitch softball and hardball at the same time which made the timing a little tough, especially when we’d run from a baseball game directly to softball game. One day we had a game in each, and I threw a no-hitter; so I guess it didn’t mess me up too much,” said Chapman.
When asked what his coaching highlight would be so far, Chapman references the 2002 season. That year he guided the Lady Tigers to the Eastern Maine Championship game. The Central Red Devils would prevail, but it was a great accomplishment for the coach and the team.
Chapman has four seniors that return from last year’s 13-4 team. The 2007 Lady Tigers beat Madawaska in a preliminary game and then lost a heart-breaking, extra-inning game to PVHS. Michelle Chapman, the coach’s youngest daughter, is returning as the number one pitcher for the Tigers. Coach Chapman has had the privilege of coaching his oldest daughter, Nicole, as well. Another senior coming back is outfielder Becky Johnson, the team’s best hitter. Two other seniors that Chapman is counting on are outfielders Alyssa Crane and Amy Conway.
Coach Chapman describes himself as a blue collar coach. He believes in hard work, tough competition, and of course good sportsmanship. His teams will always take the extra base and bunt when the situation calls for it.
“Above all, the kids should have fun. I love sports and I want these kids to have the opportunity that I did,” said Chapman.
Chapman is self-employed; he owns and operates Chapman Plumbing. He got his plumbing and heating training at NMVTI; he also played on the college’s baseball team while up in the County. He has recently picked up another athletic endeavor: officiating basketball in the winter.
One can sense Coach Chapman has a great enthusiasm for athletics and young people. His teams have experienced a lot of success over the years because of the work ethic he passes on to his students. Though there are many challenges to coaching spring sports in Maine, like the weather and other seasonal distractions; he is excited to get another season started. "This content originally appeared as a copyrighted article in the SVWeekly.com and is used here with permission."
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