Four years ago Chapman took over the Peaster Lady Greyhounds softball program with one idea in mind.
Return the program to the success it enjoyed almost two decades earlier - and then some.
"A special group of girls bought in, and then we played well enough to keep kids in the program," Chapman said. "It's just been awesome. I'm just so proud of them."
The Lady Greyhounds had not reached the playoffs since 1997. In Chapman's third season at the helm (2016) they advanced deeper in the postseason than ever before, falling to rival Brock in the Class 3A Region II finals.
This season they duplicated that feat, again with Brock being the roadblock. They also won what is believed to be a school record for victories, finishing 26-13-1.
"We didn't treat softball like a second sport," Chapman said. "We had a plan coming in. I was fortunate enough to coach under some good coaches before coming here and they taught me a lot."
The Lady Greyhounds graduated six seniors, Allie Arnold, Baylee Chapman, Julia Garcia, Katy Mitchell, Emily Hungerford and Alia Howard.
"We had a group of girls who believed and trusted our coaching staff," said Baylee Chapman, a four-year varsity member and daughter of the coach.
"I don't think there's ever been a team in Peaster that wanted it like us. We're family," added Arnold, also a four-year varsity member. "And next year I think they're going to go even farther and break down that wall."
Baylee Chapman agreed.
"I am extremely proud of what we accomplished, and I think the group we left behind is going to do great picking up where we left off," she said.
Mitchell praised her teammates for showing consistent improvement in all four of her varsity seasons. She also said they grabbed the attention of the community.
"I think all of our supporters played a big part," she said. "After last season, no one doubted us this year."
Last season the Lady Greyhounds finished third in District 11-3A. They then went on a surprising postseason run. This season, they again finished third after a slump late in the regular season, due largely to injuries. However, once they got healthy again for the playoffs, there were no surprises in the playoffs.
"Last year was a big deal. We had some fortune, but it was a huge deal what we accomplished in the playoffs," coach Chapman said. "Last year's success gave us confidence. We walked into this season knowing we belonged.
"Now, success is expected each year - but this is what we wanted."
FINAL AREA SOFTBALL RECORDS
▪ Brock: 33-8, District 7-3A champions, Class 3A state semifinalists.
▪ Peaster: 26-13-1, 3A Region I finalists.
▪ Aledo: 22-15, 5A Region I semifinalists.
▪ Weatherford: 8-19.
▪ Millsap: 5-19.
▪ Willow Park Trinity: 3-10.