Larry Chapman will always be a name associated with Auburn University at Montgomery men’s basketball. Only the second head coach in the program’s history, Chapman dedicated 37 seasons to the Warhawks’ men’s basketball team.
Chapman took the helm in 1977 when Dr. Hanly Funderburk, AUM’s first chancellor, offered Chapman the opportunity to lead its third-year team. And over 670 wins later, he built a lasting legacy. When he entered his last season with the Warhawks, Chapman’s career record was 705-477, ranking him fifth in career victories among NAIA coaches and amongst the top 40 for all collegiate coaches.
In addition to team success, 17 players have earned All-American honors under Chapman’s leadership.
Along with his success on the court, Chapman doubled as the athletic director at AUM until 1999. Chapman was instrumental in AUM’s move from the Independent Region to the Georgia-Alabama-Carolina Conference, now known as the Southern States Athletic Conference.
When he came to AUM, only men’s basketball and men’s tennis were offered. Chapman pushed for the addition of five sports now being offered on campus along with men’s basketball.
After one year of retirement, Coach Chapman became the head coach at Macon-East Academy donating his time as the High School coach. In his first season, he took his team to the state championship and then, again, in his second season at MEA, his team won the state championship with an undefeated record at 33-0. Coach Chapman continues to give back to others as a servant leader.
Chapman has 4 kids (Clint, Larry, Christa, Luke) and 12 grandchildren, one of which has the opportunity to play for him at Macon East.
A legend to those who know him, a father to those who have played for him, and a better person for those who have had the fortune of speaking to him.