Coach Chris is the founder and head coach of the Midlothian Miners Wrestling Club since its inception in 2009. Chris created the idea of the Miners as a way to give back to his community by educating its youth on the fundamentals of hard work, dedication, and life skills that can only be taught through the sport of wrestling. Chris has been the driving force for the club and has taken it from an idea to a flourishing organization that has worked with hundreds of children in the Midlothian and surrounding communities.
Chris is an outstanding wrestling coach who understands the details of techniques that allows him to work with beginners all the way through elite level wrestlers. His ability to communicate these techniques in a way that other coaches and children can understand make him one of the top youth coaches in the state of Virginia and beyond. Chris has recruited a great coaching staff that has placed the Miners club on the map at high level competitions through the state of Virginia and the Mid-Atlantic region since the club was established.
Ryan Painter serves as the Midlothian Miners Wrestling Club's Director of Wrestling and Assistant Coach. Coach Ryan is responsible for all wrestling functions of the club and works with the Board of Directors and Head Coach to determine the appropriate programs and instruction for the entire club at all levels. Coach Ryan has been a part of the Miners since 2010.
Coach Ryan is a decorated wrestler through high school and was a Division I NCAA National Qualifier as a heavyweight wrestling at the University of Virginia. Coach Ryan is an outstanding instructor and motivator of the Miners wrestlers who is respected across the state of Virginia and the Mid-Atlantic region.