Past Lancer Wrestling Coaches

Jr. High Head Coach: Brandon Saraceno

Brandon is a 2006 graduate of General McLane where he was a four-year letterman on the wrestling team. He was a member of the 2002-2003 and 2005-2006 teams that both captured the District 10 Team Title. He won the 130 lbs. District X AAA Championship as a senior while being named 1st Team All Region.

He went on to graduate from Slippery Rock University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science. He then attended The New York Chiropractic College where he attained his Doctorate in Chiropractic Medicine. He practices in Erie, PA as the primary Doctor at Maximal Gain Chiropractic Center.

Saraceno took over as head coach of the middle school program in 2017. His team posted a 9-2 dual meet record, were the Burrell Duals runnerups and the Ed Margie Tournament Champions. Saraceno was named the District 10 AAA Jr. High Coach of the Year for the 2017-2018 season.


Jr. High Head Coach and Assistant: CJ Barbaro

CJ Barbaro was born in Erie, Pa on January 9, 1973. Married to Kate Barbaro and parents Cosmo Barbaro and Charlotte Barbaro. Brother Neil Barbaro, sisters Pam Barbaro and Chimene Barbaro. During high school he was a 3 sport athlete in football, wrestling and baseball. He was selected 1st team all-county - all-purpose back, voted captain, of the county save an eye team. 1st team All-County wrestling 160 lb, district champion and PA state qualifier. He was also received honorable mention all-county for the catcher position in baseball. He graduated in 1991 from General McLane High School. He was an assistant coach for the 7th and 8th grade team at General McLane for 2 years and was the head coach for the 7th and 8th grade wrestling team from 2014-2017. He had several state medalists and was voted Middle School Coach of the Year for the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 seasons.

He graduated summa cum laude earning a B.F.A in woodworking from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 1996, again graduating summa cum laude from the Rochester Institute of Technology, School for American Craftsmen in 1999, receiving his M.F.A. in furniture design.

In 2006 he was commissioned by a designer in upstate New York to build two one of a kind Steinway art case pianos. Cosmo has worked at several universities across the south east United State as a professor in Furniture Design/3D Design. Currently he is the owner of Cosmo Barbaro Furniture, where he focuses on one of a kind commissions and selling his work through several Galleries. Cosmo’s work has been featured in a variety of publications across the nation; in addition his work has been in numerous galleries both nationally and internationally.


Jr. High Head Coach and HS Assistant: Curt Hendricks

Coach Hendricks is a 1988 graduate of General McLane and former wrestler who joined the middle school coaching staff in 2004. He coached the middle school program through the 2011-2012 season and then joined the high school coaching staff and was an assistant from 2012-2016.

Coach Hendricks was named the District 10 AAA Jr.High Coach of the year in 2007, 2009 and again in 2011. In the postseason he coached 10 PJW state placewinners and 1 NHSCA middle school National Champion. He is the proud father of Tyler and Hunter who both wrestled at General McLane.


Assistant Coach: Kevin Maier

Assistant Coach, Kevin Maier is a 1998 graduate of Reading High School in Reading, PA. He was a 3 time State Qualifier, a 1997 PA. State Champion at 125 lbs. and placed 3rd in 1997. He was also a 1998 High School Wrestling All-American. His career record as a High School Wrestler was an outstanding 128 wins-15 losses.

Coach Maier wrestled for Edinboro University for two years, one of those as a starter. He graduated with a B.A. in Communication Disorders. He also has a Masters Degree in Speech Language Pathology.

Coach Maier brought years of "hands on" wrestling knowledge and success to the McLane wrestling program. Coach Maier was only with us for the 2004-2005 season, but he did a great job. Good luck Coach.


Assistant: Kevin O'Meara

Kevin O'Meara is from Weymouth, MA. He was a 4 year varsity starter, 3 time OCL All-Star and a Massachusetts state champioin. He finished his high school career with an amazing 127-15 record.

He wrestled for 4 years for the Edinboro University Fighting Scots. He was a 3 year college letterman and E.W.L. Wrestler of the Week during the 2001 National Duals. He graduated from Edinboro University.

O'Meara helped coach the 2002-03 D-10 Champion wrestling team.

Mike Leone. Lancer Assistant Coach.

Assistant: Mike Leone

Coach Leone wrestled three years of varsity for Santa Clara High School in California and was a letter winner all three years. As a senior he placed 7th in the California state wrestling tournament. He also wrestled for Syracuse University for two seasons and then transferred to Edinboro University where he competed for one season.

Leone was an assistant at General McLane for two seasons (1999-2001), before moving back to Syracuse. Coach Leone did a great job working with the Lancer wrestling team. Good Luck to Coach Leone in his future endeavors.

Kevin Welsh. Lancer Assistant Coach.

Assistant: Kevin Welsh

Coach Welsh was a great addition to the Lancer varsity coaching staff. He was a graduate of Edinboro University and earned a degree in Speech and Hearing. He was a four year letter winner at Solon High School in Ohio. His overall high school record was 114 wins-55 losses. He was a high school state champion at 160 lbs. and a High School National Champion.

As a wrestler for Edinboro University he was a four year letter winner. His overall record was 121 wins-48 losses and he holds the number 5 spot on the all-time wins list for the Fighting Scots. He was a Division 1 All-American as a senior finishing 6th at the NCAA tournament.

Coach Welsh moved back to his hometown in the Summer of 2001 and took a position as an assistant wrestling coach.

Coach Kirdhay was a 1999 graduate of General McLane High School and a graduate of Edinboro University. He set several school records during his high school wrestling career.

He was a three year Lancer wrestling team captain, a 4-time section place winner, 4-time district 10 runner up, 2-time regional place winner, 2-time state qualifier, 4-time All Erie County League team member, and placed 3rd at the 1998-99 PIAA state tournament.

Coach Kirdahy was an assistant coach at Parker Middle School from 1999-2004, returned in 2005 and coached through the 2011-12 season. Mr. Kirdahy teaches in the McDowell school district.




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