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Warren Lincoln High School

Address: 22900 Federal Ave, Warren, MI 48089

Head Coach: Robert Embree
Assistant Coaches:
Ken Kaercher, Will Rewitzer, Bryan Young, Chris Ray
Volunteers: Justen Walker, Brandon Lozdoski

Questions:Contact Coach Embree, coachembree@gmail.com

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Warren Lincoln High School

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Robert Embree

Coach Robert Embree

Coach Embree has both Assistant and Head Coach experience at the high school level and as a former coach for the Marshall Arts Submission Hybrids program. He possesses a passion for wrestling that he instills in all of his student-athletes at all levels.

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.

Ken Kaercher

Coach Ken Kaercher

Coach Ken Kaercher grew up in Warren and attended Warren Lincoln High School where he was an undefeated State Champion. Throughout four years of high school wrestling, he amassed an incredible 123 win – 9 loss record. Coach Kaercher attended the United States Military Academy (Class of 1986) and upon graduation served as an Infantry Officer in the United States Army. In 1987, he earned 2nd place in the AAU National Greco Championships and was a Michigan Open Bench Press Champion. In 1988 Coach Kaercher was assigned to the US Olympic Team and was in a training group with the legendary Pavel Katsen.

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.

Will Rewitzer

Coach Will Rewitzer

Coach Will Rewitzer grew up in Warren and graduated from Warren Lincoln High School. He attended classes at both Oakland Community College and Michigan State University. He started wrestling at age 5 and proudly can claim that he has not taken a season off since. In high school, Coach Rewitzer was a 3x all state wrestling earning 8th, 4th, and 1st place in the State Championship. Coach Rewitzer has been with the Beat the Streets program since 2014. He says, “BTSD has been wonderful for our community. The program has allowed us to reach many young individuals who sometimes have had no one else to turn to at various rough periods in their lives. Through BTSD, we are able to teach students the fundamentals of a sport which offers the opportunity to excel at one’s own pace. We also are able to impress upon our students the importance of education and we provide assistance through tutoring, food assistance or really, any other help they need.” Coach Rewitzer is very proud of the “addendum services” Beat the Streets Detroit offers. “We teach kids proper nutrition values, and expose them to various STEM-related opportunities they may not otherwise have known existed. BTSD has allowed us to reach out to those individuals in our community who absolutely need us the most.” Coach Rewitzer knows that with the help of BTSD, their coaching staff gets the pleasure of watching each and every kid who participates in the program walk across stage and graduate high school. “I am very proud of our 100% graduation rate within our program,” he says.
Bryan Young

Coach Bryan Young

Coach Bryan Young is a graduate of Warren Lincoln High School and began wrestling in 8th grade. He started wrestling because of two reasons – he was cut from the boys 8th grade basketball team and also, his cousin who was on the high school team, convinced him to come to the wrestling room. Since the first day he walked into the room, Coach Young has never looked back. His freshman year, the team qualified for team states. He was a 4-year varsity wrestler at 140lbs and for three of those years, he wrestled alongside Will Rewitzer, fellow Beat the Streets Detroit Coach and current head coach of the Warren Lincoln High School wrestling team. Coach Young was state qualifier his junior year and was ranked 6th in the state his senior year. Coach Young has lived in south Warren all his life. He has worked for AkzoNobel in Pontiac for the past 10 years where, ironically, he works alongside Coach Rewitzer. Coach Young would most like to convey to BTSD kids that wrestling has the power to greatly change your life for the better. If you are willing to put in the time, stay patient, work hard, listen and give your absolute 110% everyday, not only will you be rewarded on the wrestling mat, but you will also achieve success in the classroom, and in relationships. Without a doubt the things you learn while wrestling will help shape and prepare you for adulthood.
Chris Ray

Coach Chris Ray

Coach Chris Ray will tell you that he started his adolescent life on the wrong path, making a lot of decisions that could have negatively shaped his future. In the 10th grade, he made the decision to get himself back on track. He began to purposefully distance himself from those who were headed in the wrong direction. In the 11th grade, he went into the wrestling room and there met other challenges. He had problems with authority figures yelling and telling him what to do; struggled with being grabbed by other boys and being thrown down, and the thought of wearing a singlet was, as he puts it, “a hard no.”

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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