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MIKE LANCASTER, HEAD COACH

Coach Lancaster will begin his second year as the St. Pius X wrestling Head Coach. Coach Lancaster has been coaching since 1979 and has been a Head Varsity Wrestling Coach in Rockdale, DeKalb and Gwinnett counties for over thirty years. Coach Lancaster retired from the Gwinnett County Public School System in 2014. Email Coach Lancaster - mlancaster@spx.org

BRYAN FLINT, ASSISTANT COACH

Coach Flint wrestled locally for Riverwood High School, and was a state champion in 1987.  He received a scholarship from the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, and was a 4-year letterman with UTC.  Coach Flint was the Southern Conference Champion in 1990 and 1991, and qualified for the NCAA's twice.  He also won the AAU Freestyle National Championship.  St. Pius is excited to have Coach Flint use his extensive coaching experience in the practice room, and on the corner of the mat.  He's coached at the high school level for many years.

JAMES BUCKALEW, ASSISTANT VARSITY COACH

Coach Buckalew returns to St. Pius for his 8th year on the varsity staff. He wrestled collegiately at the University of California at Bakersfield and brings tremendous expertise to our team.

SHANE OWENS, ASSISTANT VARSITY COACH

Coach Owens enters his 6th year with the Golden Lions. He wrestled at Alexander High School in Douglasville, GA where he finished with a high school career record of 90-5. He was a Georgia state champion in his senior year where he outscored his opponents 65-0 in the State Tournament. He was also his school's Valedictorian. Collegiately, Coach Owens was a national runner-up in the NCWA while wrestling for Georgia Tech where he earned a BS in Electrical Engineering and an MBA. He currently works at Georgia Tech as a User Experience Designer for health information technology.

STEVE LITNER, ASSISTANT VARSITY COACH

Coach Litner comes to St. Pius after spending four years as a high school wrestling coach here in Georgia and Florida. Litner graduated from the University of Maryland, where he was instrumental in developing the collegiate wrestling club. He also participated in wrestling club at University of Florida during his time in graduate school and University of North Carolina Chapel Hill during his time in law school. In high school, he became his school's youngest state wrestling finalist, and won 135-pound state championship as a senior, giving him three straight finishes in the state finals.