Multiple Teams · Clayton Hires NEW Wrestling Coach


A note from New Head Wrestling Coach James Abshier:

I have seven years of experience as head coach at Clyde C. Miller Career Academy and an additional year of experience as an assistant coach at Brentwood High School. I believe wrestling has tremendous potential to build character and leadership in young people. During my tenure as a head coach, my program produced 17 state qualifiers, three conference titles, numerous tournament wins and one Post Dispatch Athlete of the Week.  More importantly, the overall team GPA and the number of wrestlers on the honor roll increased during my tenure as head coach. During my year as an assistant at Brentwood, we produced nine state qualifiers – a school record.

I credit my success to the fact that I am a tireless student of the sport; I am always learning new techniques, new ways of coaching and new ways to expand the appeal of the sport.  Football coaches have often encouraged players to wrestle for me because wrestling helps improve overall athleticism and strength. After just a season of wrestling, there is usually a noticeable difference in the football players that wrestled.  They stopped arm tackling and starting wrapping up and hitting like trucks. Football coaches told me wrestling made their players attack like they were much bigger players.

I am truly honored to take the helm of what was one the great programs in our state when I was a wrestler. I can’t help but to be excited when I think this is where my childhood friend Jack Durham won his state championship. This is the place where coaching legend (and one of my Principals) Don Rugraff helped introduce an innovative east coast wrestling technique to this side state.

This year Clayton Wrestling will begin laying the foundation to become a great program.

We will build a culture of success that values mental toughness and strong character.

There will be an preseason informational meeting in Stuber Health Room A on Tuesday October 21st at 3:30pm.  If you are interested in wrestling or just want to find out more about the sport please stop by.  If you can’t make the meeting stop by the Athletic Office and see Assistant AD Lee Laskowski for information.

The season is right around the corner, and will begin at 3:30pm Monday November 3rd.

You must have an eligibility card before you can participate in practice so please make sure that the Athletic Office has all of your information.  Cards will become available the week of October 27th.