Our Coaches

Joe Cesari, Program Director

CCWC Coaches

Coach Cesari has been involved in the sport of wrestling for over 40 years as a wrestler, coach, referee, and parent of a young wrestler. He has been working with youth for over 20 years as a youth coach and a volunteer with his church’s youth ministry programs.

He is currently a high school and NCAA wrestling official, where he has officiated the North Carolina State High School Championships, NCAA Division 1 tournament qualifiers, and the NCAA Division III Championships. In 2006, he was inducted into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame.

Coach Cesari wrestled in college at NC State, where he accomplished the following:
  • NC State's ACC Senior Merit award winner for achievement in academics and athletics
  • 2-time NC State team captain
  • ACC Champion, 3-time NCAA Division I Tournament qualifier, and top 12 finisher.
He wrestled in high school for his father, Joe Cesari Sr., at North Schuylkill High School , one of the most successful wrestling programs in Pennsylvania that was featured in Sports Illustrated in 1989. While at North Schuylkill , he accomplished the following:
  • GPA of 3.9/4.0;  Ranked 3rd in his graduating class
  • 3-time PA State Champion, 2-time State Tournament Outstanding Wrestler
  • High school record of 154-5-1, with 103 pins
  • First team High School All-American
  • World Schoolboy Freestyle Champion and National AAU Freestyle Champion 

“I am excited to share the great experiences I had and life lessons I learned through wrestling with our youth to help them develop into successful people, students, and athletes.”

- Coach Cesari


Rob Lusk, Head Coach Titans Elementary Group (Black)

Coach Lusk has been involved in the sport of wrestling for 30 years as a wrestler, coach and parent of young wrestlers.  As alusk Soldier, Coach Lusk continued to compete and coach at various programs from elementary through high school levels in New Jersey, Japan, Hawaii, Missouri and North Carolina.  As an athlete and coach, Coach Lusk earned the following:

  • Tennessee State place-winner, 1987 
  • USA Wrestling Open National place-winner, Sombo Wrestling, 2007
  • Bronze Coach, USA Wrestling
  • Coach, CrossFit Instructor Level 1
  • Coach, CrossFit Olympic Weightlifting
  • Coach, CrossFit Kids
  • Coach, CrossFit Movement & Mobility
  • Instructor, Kettlebell Pump  

Coach Lusk is the Head Coach of our elementary group, and coaches all of our groups including elementary, middle school and high school.  He also manages the Capital City Wrestling Club Facebook and website calendar pages.  Additionally, Coach Lusk conducts personal strength and conditioning and wrestling sessions with athletes.

"I am very motivated to introduce the sport of wrestling to the children of our community.  I hope to instill a lifelong love of the sport in our athletes." 

- Coach Lusk


Roland Kays, Head Coach Titans Middle School Group (Gold)

Roland Kays has been involved in wrestling as an athlete, coach and parent of two young wrestlers.
  • Wrestled for West Bloomfield High School in Michigan where he took 3rd place at states
  • Michigan State Champion in Freestyle
  • Member Michigan high school exchange team to USSR
  • Wrestled four years for Cornell University with a record of 38-15-1, helping the team place 10th in the Div I NCAA his senior year. 
  • Ohio Open Champion, 5th place at Midlands Tournament
Coach Kays is the Head Coach of our middle school group and coaches all of our groups, including elementary, middle school, and high school.  He has a Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee and is a professor at NC State University and a researcher at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences. 


 Scott Saby, Assistant Director, CCWC Program Founder                  

Coach Saby has been involved in the sport of wrestling for 25 years as a wrestler, coach, and parent of young wrestlers. He is currently the Head Wrestling Coach at Millbrook High School where he has accomplished the following:

  • 2X Cap VII Coach of the year
  • Coached 1 State Champion and 7 State Place Winners
  • Led Millbrook to a top 5 team finish at the 2004-05 N.C. State Championships.
  • Led Millbrook to 3 consecutive N.C. State Duals playoff appearances. Founded the Capital City Wrestling Club in 2001.

Coach Saby was a four-year varsity letterman at Mayo High School in Rochester, Minnesota . He received a B.S. from University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse. He earned his Masters’ of Education from East Carolina University and currently teaches in the Healthful Living Department at Millbrook High School

"A youth wrestling program is a great way to introduce kids to the wonderful sport of wrestling. Wrestling offers an opportunity for young people to build character while learning self discipline and motivation. The development of a strong youth program is essential to build a successful high school program."

- Coach Saby