Ex-Wayne State Coach Chapman Dies at 53
WAYNE, Neb. (AP) _ Pete Chapman, former athletic director and football coach at Wayne State College, has died after battling cancer for more than a year. He was 53.
He died Monday in Iowa City, Iowa, a college release said.
Chapman coached Wayne State from 1983-88 and was athletic director from 1987-99.
He was credited with moving Wayne State from the NAIA to NCAA Division II and for increasing the school’s sports programs from eight to 15.
Chapman left Wayne State in 1999 to become athletic director at Missouri Western.
Chapman, a graduate of Omaha Central and the University of Nebraska, coached in the Nebraska high school ranks at Milligan and Osceola.
Chapman is survived by his wife, Marcia, and three children.