Warren Lincoln High School
Address: 22900 Federal Ave, Warren, MI 48089
Head Coach: Ken Kaercher,
Assistant Coaches: Will Rewitzer, Chris Ray, Deirrien Perkins
Volunteers: Justen Walker, Brandon Lozdoski
Questions: Contact Coach Kaercher, email@example.com
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Warren Lincoln High School
Coach Robert Embree
Since 2013, Coach Embree has served as the Head Coach of the Warren Lincoln competitive component of the Beat the Streets Detroit youth wrestling program. He also leads the Michigan USA Regional Training Center of Warren as the Director. Coach Embree has coached national level competitors, including his son Jelani who is a freshman Division 1 wrestler at the University of Michigan. He has three children that all participate in sports.
Coach Ken Kaercher
Since leaving the Army, Coach Kaercher continues to serve his country by serving his community. As a Coach, he has over 30 years’ experience and has coached 30 All-State wrestlers. Four times, he has coached the Regional Championship Team and four times he has coached Individual State Champions. He has also coached wrestlers that now attend Harvard Medical School and The University of Michigan Law School.
Professionally, Coach Kaercher is a mechanical engineer and in addition to coaching the youths who participate with Beat the Streets Detroit, he also adds to the curriculum by conducting various STEM (Science, Technology, Math, Engineering) symposiums for the kids at each of the Beat the Streets locations. In 1990, he was the published author of “Volumetric Analysis” and in 2015 of “Periodic Table = Flat Map.” Beat the Streets Detroit is extremely fortunate to have Coach Kaercher on its staff – for not only his wrestling expertise, but also for his love of learning which, as one of his own passion’s, he enthusiastically inspires in all of our wrestlers.
Coach Will Rewitzer
Coach Bryan Young
Coach Chris Ray
After quitting the team, one of the assistant coaches took over as the head coach and began an aggressive campaign to recruit Coach Ray back. It worked! Once he came back, the coach made a focused effort to speak Coach Ray’s language and also made the effort to understand the culture he was raised in. That coach saw his struggles to separate himself from the previous company he kept and helped him to increase that distance. Coach Ray became loyal to that coach and the coach prepared him to lead. Coach Ray’s commitment to the sport paid off. In his short high school wrestling career, Coach Ray became an All-State Wrestler and got his picture in the school’s “Hall of Fame.” His team rallied behind him and pushed him to increase his grades above a 3.0 cumulative GPA. Coach Ray was voted Senior Class President, and Homecoming King – outcomes that directly resulted from his initial decision to step onto a wrestling mat.
After graduating from High School, Coach Ray felt an obligation to give back to others, as others had done for him. “I want to be the coach who inspires kids to reach their full potential,” says Coach Ray. To that end, he coached wrestling at his former high school as the Assistant Coach for 4 years and as the Head Coach for 6. During that time, teaching wrestling important, but secondary to teaching wrestlers the life skills which had helped him tremendously – how to be humble, to plan, to set goals, work hard and make better decisions. “In wrestling,” Coach Ray says, “we try to give kids the freedom to make decisions, while simultaneously helping to them to think about the effects and consequences of their decision(s) before they make them. Only a sport thought of as “a physical game of chess,” can do this so well.”
Coach Ray is extremely proud that within his program, kids who were already young fathers learned to better prioritize their lives, kids who were gang-affiliated, learned to question the decisions they made before making them, kids who came from homes where they were the provider for their younger siblings, learned how to better manage their time. Multiple All-State wrestlers were produced, and many of his wrestlers while in Saginaw turned into collegiate athletes and ultimately into productive citizens.
Coach Ray moved to Warren in 2016 and found Beat the Streets Detroit. He is thrilled to serve the same type of children he was involved with back at his home in Saginaw. Coach Ray says that “wrestling is a ladder for success in life, and I want to teach kids to climb it!”
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Beat the Streets Detroit exists to positively affect the lives of Detroit area youth through the sport of wrestling. All of our comprehensive services are made possible through generous donations and partnerships with individuals, charitable foundations and companies who want to make a great impact within Detroit. By investing in Beat the Streets Detroit, you invest in the future of this great city. We are currently in four Detroit neighborhoods supporting over 150 students.