Mourning the loss of former Detroit Mercy star Doug Chappell

September 12, 2012 in Cover Story, Division I

By Patrick Hayes

Former University of Detroit basketball standout Doug Chappell, 52, died Sept. 10. No cause of death has been reported yet. Detroit put a memorial of Chappell up on its website:

A 6-7 forward, Chappell was a four year letterman at Detroit from 1979-84 and finished his career with 1,169 points – which stands 24th all-time in Titan history, but was 13th when he graduated. In his career, he averaged 11.2 points and 5.7 rebounds per game, and was  selected the Bob Calihan Team MVP as a senior, the John Kirwan award winner for offensive production  as a junior and the Dave DeBusschere award honoree for most improved as a redshirt freshman.

His best season came as a junior in 1982-83, when he led the team in scoring (17.6) and rebounding (8.1) earning All-League honors as well as Honorable Mention All-Midwest by the Sporting News and Basketball Weekly. He posted a career-best 28 points in his final game as a junior, guiding the Titans to a first-round victory over Oral Roberts in the MCC Tournament. He also recorded a career-best 18 rebounds earlier that season against Grand Valley.

Chappell was well-entrenched in life after basketball. In fact, he was set to become the Township Supervisor in Egelston Township on the west side of the state, knocking off an incumbent supervisor in the August primary. From Lynn Moore of the Muskegon Chronicle:

Doug Chappell, 52, died Monday. He was virtually assured of being the township’s next supervisor after winning the Democratic primary in August. With no Republican opponents, only a write-in candidate could have kept Chappell out of office.

With Chappell’s death, the election will come down to write-in candidates, said Muskegon County Elections Coordinator Kimberly Grimm. Chappell’s name will not appear on the November ballot, she said.

Chappell’s obituary can be read here.


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