Coach Andy Chapman is the head coach of the All Star Wrestling Club. This year, 2022, is the 28th year for Coach Chapman on the mat either as a wrestler or coach.
Coach Chapman's wrestling career began in the fall of 1994 as an freshman at Baton Rouge Magnet High School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Through lots of hard work and determination, Coach Chapman was named as a member of the Bulldogs' varsity squad as a freshman. Coach Chapman's record at Baton Rouge High speaks for itself as he was named the most outstanding wrestler all four years he was at BRHS.
Among his many accomplishments are holding the Baton Rouge High School record for most wins in a season as well as most pins in a season. Chapman also holds the school record for most wins and pins in a career. Coach Chapman was also a two-time city champion in 1996 in the 135 pound weight class and 1997 in the 140 pound weight class. Chapman also was a Baton Rouge Regional champion two times in 1996 and 1998, the latter of which he was named the Outstanding Wrestler for the entire tournament. Coach Chapman also was a champion at the Lee High Invitational (now the Louisiana Classic) in 1998 which he says is "one of the happiest moments in my life". Most impressively, Chapman was also a two-time state runner-up in 1996 and 1998. Also, as a senior, Chapman was a member of the Baton Rouge High team who finished fourth in state, the best ever finish for a Bulldog wrestling team. Due to all of his accomplishments on the mat, Coach Chapman was named to the Greater Baton Rouge Area City Wrestling 1990's All-Decade Team at 140 pounds.
Following high school, Coach Chapman took his wrestling talent to Colby Community College, wrestling at the 165 pound weight class. In 1999, Chapman was a varsity starter for the Trojans team that won the NJCAA National Championship.
As the head coach of All Star Wrestling, Coach Chapman has helped train several wrestlers of all age groups who have gone on to be winners at the both the local and state level. With Coach Chapman as the head coach of the All Star Wrestling Club, any individual who joins the club will have a coach with an amazing depth of knowledge, skill and youthful energy as well as someone who is 100 percent dedicated at helping that wrestler to become the best they can possibly be!
Coach Phil Bode is co-founder and director of the All Star Wrestling Club. This year, 2022, marks the 58th year for Coach Bode on the mat either as a wrestler or coach.
Coach Bode began wrestling as an 8th grader in 1964 at Algona Junior High School in Algona, Iowa. After working hard for two years, he landed a spot on the Algona varsity team as a junior. Coach Bode finished his high school career in 1969 as team captain, most valuable wrestler and state runner-up for the Iowa state champion Algona High School Bulldogs.
Recruited to Louisiana State University by National Wrestling Hall of Famer, Dale Ketelsen, Coach Bode made the Southeastern Conference Championship match an incredible four years in a row, winning championships as a sophomore at 167 pounds in 1971 and as a junior at 150 pounds in 1972. Coach Bode also finished second in the SEC as a freshman in 1970 in the 158 pound weight class and as a senior in 1973 at 150 pounds. Coach Bode finished his career as captain of the LSU wrestling team in 1973 and was also two-time NCAA Division I qualifier. After graduation in 1973, he was promoted to graduate assistant coach for the Tigers in 1973-74.
Following his coaching stint at LSU, Coach Bode either coached at, helped grow or even launched programs at ten high schools in the Baton Rouge metro area. High school programs initiated by Coach Bode include Redemptorist, Brusly, St. Amant, and Episcopal. Programs developed through Coach Bode's help include Baker, Zachary, East Ascension, Dutchtown, Live Oak, and Walker.
In 2000, Coach Bode co-founded the Ascension Wrestling Club which soon became one of the largest clubs in the state of Louisiana. The following year, Coach Bode was named the Louisiana USA Wrestling Man of the Year. In the spring of 2012, Coach Bode co-founded the All Star Wrestling Club.
In the ten years at the helm of All Star Wrestling, Coach Bode has helped train numerous wrestlers who went on to be winners at the local level and state level. He has also coached wrestlers who have competed at regional and national competitions, where some club members have become champions and even been named All-Americans. Coach Bode has also coached multiple wrestlers who have continued to wrestle at the university level as well. With Coach Bode as the director of All Star Wrestling, any wrestler who comes through the door will have the opportunity to work out and learn from a living legend.
Coach Andrés Serna is in sixth year coaching at the All Star Wrestling Club and in his in his eighth year of coaching. At All Star, Coach Serna is the Jack-of-all-trades as he helps out in several capacities such as fundraising and promotional work for the club as well as being an assistant coach.
A native of Baton Rouge, Coach Serna played several different sports growing up before entering Baton Rouge Magnet High School in fall of 1998. As a freshman, Serna wanted to continue playing sports at the high school level, he decided to use the technique and training he learned in middle school football and joined the wrestling team.
Coach Serna wrestled on the varsity for BRHS in 1999 as a sophomore in the 189 pound weight class for one injury-riddled season, as he suffered both a broken bone in his foot and a torn meniscus in his right knee during the year. Even with these two injuries, Coach Serna still competed in numerous dual meets and tournaments throughout the season, culminating at the City Championships, where he would place sixth. Unfortunately, these nagging injuries resulted in him having to have surgery on his knee during the offseason, which ultimately led him to have to walk away from the mat as a wrestler in 2000.
Even after having his wrestling career cut short, Coach Serna's passion for the sport continued to grow. After becoming a high school teacher in 2014, Coach Serna was named the assistant head coach at Baker High. He had the tall task of restarting a program that was a dominant program several years before. One of his biggest accomplishments at BHS was the creation of a wrestling room from the ground up from what was an unused room in the auxiliary gym. Serna's youthful energy and work ethic would land him a coaching assignment at one of the big name wrestling teams in the area.
The next year, Coach Serna was hired at Brusly High School and became an assistant coach for the perennial Division III powerhouse. Working under Brusly head coach Jimmy Bible and alongside several other assistant coaches, Coach Serna helped coach three wrestlers to gold medals and three to second place finishes as well as the Panthers team to a second place at the LHSAA State Championships in 2016.
In the fall of 2016, Coach Serna began to coach with Coach Bode at the All Star Wrestling Club. In the six years that he has been at All Star, Coach Serna has worked with wrestlers of all age groups and all different skill levels, helping them all reach their full potential on and off the mat.