2020 40 Under 40 Honoree: Audie Chapman
“Always tell them at an early age that new ideas and innovation will be important."
Audie Chapman is the vice president of the Northside Youth Athletic Association and the head wrestling coach at the Pittsburgh Project. But, for Chapman, coaching isn’t just about teaching the sport. It’s about teaching life.
“Our youth today is important to our future tomorrow,” he says. “One day, they will be in charge. That’s why it’s important that we show and expose them to the necessary tools to be successful in the future.”
It’s the reason he gave books to all of the athletes on his teams and the impetus for developing a youth-oriented, problem-solving workshop that forces kids to “think like an engineer.”
As a quality control engineer for Conturo Prototyping, Chapman has witnessed Pittsburgh’s growth into a hub for engineering and technological advances and knows the value of passing his knowledge onto the next generation.
“I feel that it’s very important for our youth to be exposed to that,” he says. “Always tell them at an early age that new ideas and innovation will be important.”