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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.

ZACH RAMIREZ, ASSSITANT COACH 

Coach Ramirez will begin his first season as an assistant coach in the Varsity wrestling program at St. Pius X.  He is a recent graduate from St. Pius X, where he wrestled in the program from 5th grade through his senior year.  He was Team Captain in his junior and senior years, as well as a two-time State Placer.  He also played a key role in bringing St. Pius X to it's most successful run in the history of the wrestling program at St. Pius X.  Coach Ramirez led the team to two Team State Dual tournament appearances in 2015 and 2016. He is currently a full-time student at Georgia State University pursuing a degree in Finance and Economics. 

WAYNE HIGGINBOTHAM, ASSISTANT VARSITY COACH

Coach Higginbotham will continue to train our wrestlers at the college-level. He has been with the SPX Wrestling program for ten years, and has been instrumental in the recruitment and retention of middle school and high school wrestlers. Coach Higgs is former Alabama state champion. He was a 3-year state placer ending his high school senior year with a 31-0 record and a Most Pins Award at States. He wrestled collegiately at Georgia Tech, as a 3-year starter, placing in the top 4 places in every tournament in his sophomore, junior and senior years. He was a team captain at Ga Tech, and MVP in 1990, earning his BS in Electrical Engineering.

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.