Chapman Named Head Coach at Magnolia
NEW MARTINSVILLE – The reigning West Virginia Class A football state champions have a new head football coach. Dave Chapman was officially named the head coach for the Blue Eagles on Monday. Chapman takes over for Josh Sims who resigned earlier this month as he took a special education job at University High School.
“I want to give thanks to the administration first and foremost,” Chapman said. “It’s an exciting time for me and my family and the bar has been set higher here at Magnolia.”
This is not Chapman’s first time being a head coach. His first time at the position was when he headed St. Marys High School for three years. He then saw two years at Williamstown in 2002 and 2003. He had an outstanding 25-2 record with the Yellowjackets and made it to the state championship game in 2003.
In 2007, he went back to his alma mater Magnolia where he became the offensive coordinator. Now as the head coach, he and his squad are ready to roll.
“The time for me is pretty good,” Chapman said. “We talked to the kids about this and as far as the transition, it’s a smooth transition. I’ve assembled a staff and there are couple of new guys on board.
“We always thought that our kids are prepared for Fridays and that says a lot for not only me but my staff too. And that’s a lot of credit to them.
“I’m excited. I still have a passion to do this, and I’ve been told a long time ago, if you have a passion, go for it. My two years at Williamstown, we had successful seasons and I just enjoyed the part of coaching and getting them prepared for Friday and what lies ahead after high school.”
As for the offensive coordinator position, Chapman will remain in that capacity and the offense will stay consistent. Chapman said that the system has worked for a number of years and it is something that his staff feels that his athletes can play.
The system definitely worked last year as the Blue Eagles put up 62 points in the state championship game against East Hardy.
“That’s was a pretty special team last year,” Chapman said. “Now, we want to get this group of kids ready to go in 38 days. We had a tremendous offseason and the kids know what is at hand. As a coach, that’s a positive. We have some guys that have stepped up. We have the leaders and we have some promising kids and we feel pretty good about that.”
Chapman said he is looking to four guys to be leaders on the team this year, who were all big contributors in the state championship run. Chase Street, Brooks Parsons, Peau Halahingano and Nick Priem will be be have high expectations from Chapman and his staff. As for the team, nothing has changed as far as goals go.
“The expectations are still there, the bar has always been set high no matter what year you come off of,” Chapman said. “The expectations are always high and we always expect to play in the second week in November. Week 11.
“We want to do well every year and this year will no different.
“We want to get these guys ready in 38 days for our first game. That’s our focus here. Last year was an exciting year, and we got a core of kids coming back from that state championship team, but we have some spots to fill.”