Courtland Baseball is excited to welcome Ashtin Primus back for his second season as assistant JV baseball coach. This is Coach Primus' second year as a teacher at Courtland. He serves as an English teacher to ninth and tenth grade Special Education students. Prior to coming to Courtland, Coach Primus taught math to sixth and seventh grade students at Rodney Thompson Middle School in Stafford, Virginia.
Coach Primus has coached wrestling at the high school level for six years and is the head coach of the CHS wrestling program. He coached at Mount Pleasant High School in Pennsylvania in 2011. From 2013 to 2014, he coached at Beachwood High School in Ohio where two of his grapplers won state titles. In 2015, he coached wrestling at Connellsville High School in Pennsylvania. Three wrestlers under his tutelage won state titles at Colonial Forge High School in Stafford County in 2016 while one wrestler at CHS placed fifth in the state this past winter.
Primus graduated from Connellsville High School (PA) in 2006 where he had a career record of 179-20 on the wrestling mat. He was a four-time state placer and two-time state champion. At the time of his graduation, he was the all-time winningest wrestler in PIAA history. Coach Primus led his high school team to a state championship his junior season after a state runner up finish his sophomore year.
After graduating high school, Coach Primus attended the University of Missouri (NCAA Division I) from 2006 to 2008. During his true freshman campaign in the 141 pound division, he posted a 34-14 record and tied for the all-time, single season pin record. He transferred to Notre Dame College (Ohio) in 2009 from where he earned his BA in Special Education. Primus was a two-time NAIA All-American in the 149 pound weight division in 2010 and 2011, finishing third and second, respectively. During his senior year, as NDC was in the process of changing athletic classification to the NCAA Division II ranks, Primus won the NWCA (club) title in the 157 pound division. In each of his three seasons at Notre Dame, his wrestling team won national titles.
Coach Primus played baseball as a child and is a huge fan and student of the game. He enjoys watching his Pittsburgh Pirates on MLB TV. He and his wife of two years, Olena make their home in Spotsylvania.
Coach Acors on Coach Primus:
"We are so glad to have lured Coach Primus onto our staff. The discipline needed to become a successful wrestler, especially at the college level is unbelievable and a testament to the kind of man we have in Coach Primus. Our players are lucky to have him as an example of what hard work and discipline look like. Watching him work on the wrestling mat this winter was exciting for me and I believe I can learn from him as he helps mold our players into men. I hope we can keep him for many years to come!"