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West Lincoln’s Chapman making move to softball

West Lincoln’s Allan Chapman trading lineups at home plate as head coach of the baseball team. Chapman has accepted the position of Lady Rebels head softball coach.

DAVID KEEVER

Sports Editor

West Lincoln’s Allan Chapman has been named head coach of the Lady Rebels softball team.  

Chapman, who has served as head baseball coach at the school since 1996, was approved for the position by the Lincoln County School Board at Tuesday night’s meeting.

“It’s an opportunity for a new start,” said Chapman following the announcement.  “Obviously with the timing of my daughter, if I ever was going to do it, this is the time.”  

Chapman’s daughter Morgan will be a freshman on the Lady Rebels softball team next spring.  

Under the direction of Chapman, the Rebels baseball program has won 6 conference championships, most recently in 2016.  His teams reached the third round of the state playoffs seven different times, and made it to the fourth round (final 4) in 2006 and 2007.  

In 2002, Chapman was named Region 6 coach of the year by his peers, and has been named conference coach of the year in three different seasons.

Over the past three seasons, Chapman has been an assistant baseball coach at the N.C. Powerade State Games in Raleigh.  He has organized pro-style tryouts for the top players in 13 surrounding counties, and helped evaluate local talent and communicate the results to college coaches and pro scouts.

In 2016, Chapman selected a team that won the gold medal at the State Games, and helped orchestrate the pro workout that State Games athletes participated in.

“We’ve been very pleased and fortunate to have Allan Chapman leading our baseball program the last 22 years,” said West Lincoln athletic director Wayne Navey.  “He stresses sportsmanship and hard work.  He’ll bring the same work ethic with those girls.”   

Chapman, 44, is a graduate of Davie County High School in Mocksville.  He attended Appalachian State University, and graduated in 1995 with a degree in Social Studies Education.

Chapman enjoyed his time as leader of the West Lincoln baseball team, a program where he built a 319-249-1 record.  “I’ll miss the relationships with the coaches,” Chapman said, “and the relationships that you develop spending four years with a kid.”

The Lady Rebels softball team that he takes over has enjoyed some recent success.  West Lincoln was 17-7 last season, and 25-3 in 2016 when the team lost in the 2A state finals two games to one to South Granville.

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