Lincoln Christian School has added a wrestling program, naming A.B. Stokes as the new mat program's first head coach, the Tulsa World reported Tuesday.
Jerry Ricke, Lincoln Christian's athletic director, said the school has been looking to add a wrestling program for some time.
Stokes, a 2002 graduate of Austin High School in Chicago, has served as a wrestling coach on both the high school and collegiate level.
Stokes has 15 years of experience coaching high school wrestling. He has coached seven individual state champions, eight state finalists and 43 state qualifiers.
Stokes spent the past two years as associate head football coach at Bethel College in North Newton, Kansas, and was an assistant wrestling coach the past three years at Newton High School.
Prior to Newton, Stokes was head football and track coach and wrestling assistant at Larned (Kansas) for six years (2012-17).
Lincoln Christian School is a highly-rated, private, Christian school located in Tulsa, Okla. It has 1,000 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 12 to 1. After graduation, 71% of students from this school go on to attend a 4-year college.