Kraeszig coached three state championship teams, one as an assistant coach in 1998 and two as a head coach in 2001 and 2013. He was named Coach of the Year following both state titles.
“I have truly enjoyed coaching this program, especially this year where the guys have battled through a season unlike anything we’ve seen before,” said Kraeszig. “I have two sons currently in sports that only have a couple of years left and I want to be able to see them compete before that time passes. I love coaching, but I cannot be a good coach if I am not being a good dad first.”
“Coach Kraeszig is a wonderful man and a mentor to our wrestling student-athletes. His decision to step away from coaching was difficult, but one I will honor,” said St. X Athletic Director, Denny Williams. “I want to thank Coach for his time and commitment over the years. We will definitely lean on him as we begin a new chapter with wrestling.”
Saint Xavier also announces that Coach Efren Quirino will take the helm of the Wrestling program after serving as an assistant coach for the past 17 years.
“I am excited for the opportunity to lead such a great program and humbled to take the reins from a great person and leader, Jim Kraeszig,” said Quirino. “We have great young men in our program that will help us build from our strong foundation and give glory to God through the sport of wrestling.”
A 2003 graduate of the University of Texas at San Antonio, Efren has been a member of the Saint Xavier faculty for the past nine years. During those nine years, he has served as the Director of Information Technology and an important member of the Tiger Wrestling team.
Quirino started the River City Wrestling Folkstyle program in 2005. He led River City to the program’s first middle school state championship and was named Coach of the Year in 2014.
“I am extremely excited given his expertise and reputation within the wrestling world. We have big plans for this program,” added Denny Williams. “Coach Quirino is ready to take us to new heights and I look forward to working with him as our new head coach.”
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