Coach Salyers comes to the Marauders with a host of wrestling experience. As a competitor, Coach Salyers began wrestling when he was five years old and continued on through junior high school and high school, placing second in the MHSAA Individual State Finals his senior year. Salyers then attended Central Michigan University where he was a four year letterman in wrestling and captain of the wrestling team his senior year. He was an All-Mid American Conference wrestler three of those four years and qualified for the NCAA Division I National Tournament his senior year. Salyers won the Boyden Leadership Award as CMU's outstanding student athlete in 1983.
After leaving CMU, Salyers went on to complete his education at the University of Detroit School of Law. While in law school, Salyers served as an assistant wrestling coach for Rochester Adams High School, followed by a two year stint as the head wrestling coach at Oxford High School. Upon graduating from law school, Salyers served four years in the US Marine Corps as a Judge Advocate. He left active duty in 1992 and returned to the Detroit area where he began coaching with the Madison Rams youth wrestling program. Salyers coached the Rams from 1995-2005.
After ten years of coaching the Madison Rams club, Salyers left the Rams in 2005 when his son, Daniel Salyers, entered Mott as a freshman. At the time, Gary Skop was a newly minted head coach and Salyers worked with Skop as an Assistant Coach. Skop stepped down as Head Coach at the end of the 2014-15 season to devote more time to his family and Salyers took the position.
Salyers is one of the founders and architects of the Marauder Wrestling Club, a youth club devoted to preparing Warren Consolidated students for high school and college wrestling. In addition to his duties as an assistant coach with Warren Mott, Salyers served as Head Coach of the Marauder Wrestling Club from its inception in 2007 until 2015 when he stepped away from the program to focus solely on the high school team.
Coach Salyers is the father of four children, all products of the Warren Consolidated School District. He is married to his wife of many years, Gail. Salyers is also the founder and principal owner of Salyers, Hugo & Associates, PC, a law firm located in Troy, Michigan.
Garett Strube is one of the most talented and accomplished wrestlers in Warren Mott history. He began wrestling in his early years with the Madison Rams when Coach Salyers was coaching there. He then quickly moved to the Marauder Wrestling Club once it had been formed, where he enjoyed considerable success as a youth wrestler.
While a wrestler at Mott, Strube was a three time MHSAA State Qualifier, only failing to qualify his senior year due to a severe mid-season injury. He won the Toys For Tots tournament all four years he wrestled in it and was twice named the tournament MVP. He was an All-County wrestler and an All-State wrestler during his career. He was a two time recipient of the "Marauder Award" and Warren Mott's Most Valuable Wrestler honoree as a sophomore in high school. Given his contribution as a youth wrestler, high school wrestler and coach, Garett already is a recipient of Warren Mott's career achievement award.
Without a doubt, if Strube hadn't been injured in his senior year, he would own every wrestling record at Mott.
Perhaps it is the notion that he has unfinished business with wrestling at Mott given the abrupt end to his high school career, or perhaps he just loves the sport, but whatever the reason Strube continues to work with the Warren Mott wrestling program and we are fortunate to have him.
Strube is a tenacious competitor and continues to wrestle with the more advanced wrestlers on the team, helping them to hone their skills and work to achieve their goals. Despite his youth he is imbued with wrestling knowledge and skill and is unquestionably a welcome addition to the room and the coaching corner.
In addition to working with the high school program, Strube is employed full time with Hirotec of Auburn Hills and continues to help coach the youth club. He continues to reside in Warren in the house he grew up in.
Rob Naismith joins the staff of the Warren Mott Wrestling Team for the first time in 2015-16. Although he is new to our program, he is not new to those familiar with wrestling in our area. Rob began wrestling when he was 5 years old and over the last couple of decades has participated in the sport as a competitor, coach and referee.
Coach Naismith began his wrestling career with the Madison Rams and continued to wrestle as a youth until he suffered a severe eye injury. The eye injury sidelined him from active competition until his senior year in high school. Despite having been out of competition for several years, Naismith finished his senior year at Royal Oak Dondero with a winning record and 21 wins, 16 of which were by pin.
After high school Naismith began coaching at the Madison Rams youth wrestling club in 2004. In 2005, he also began coaching at Madison High School, where he continued until 2008 when he gave up coaching to begin working as a referee in both the high school and youth levels.
In 2011 he gave up coaching altogether to focus on his personal life. We are glad to be able to coax him back to the coaching world with all he has to offer.
Coach Naismith works full time at Protocast, Inc. He lives in Warren with his wife, Jessica, his adopted son, Josh, and their two dogs and two cats.