Below is the Wrestling Schedule for the Upcoming Months:
- Tuesday and Thursdays Coach Piazza will be at Saint Thomas Academy from 9:00am to 11:00am for additional workout time.
- Practices will consist of lifting, wrestling, and team building exercises. These workouts are open to younger siblings as well.
- Open Wrestling on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday will be at Saint Thomas Academy from 3:30pm to 5:00pm.
- Open Wrestling will consist of lifting, wrestling, and team building exercises. These workouts are open to students of all grades.
Head Wrestling Coach
B.S from Syracuse University
In 2019-20, Joe Piazza will begin his second season as Head Coach for Saint Thomas Academy. Joe attended Syracuse on a full ride scholarship for athletics. During college, he represented the USA in global competition in Hungry. While at Dowling Catholic High School in West Des Moines, IA, Joe became a State Champion, National Champion and an All American in wrestling. Joe has a passion for sports and coaching. One of Joe’s favorite quotes is from Dan Gable, “Gold medals aren't really made of gold. They're made of sweat, determination, and a hard-to-find alloy called guts.”
Joe is married to Patsy Piazza. They have 3 sons that attend Nativity of Our Lord School in St. Paul.
FRANCISCO Javier Mendoza Florez
Assistant Wrestling Coach
Francisco Javier Mendoza Florez is serving as assistant coach for Saint Thomas Academy. Francisco’s wrestling career begins at age twelve and continues today. He was the national juvenile champion in his country, Colombia. Later, as an adult, he represented Colombia in international tournaments in Venezuela, Cuba, and Colombia, where he earned international medals. Francisco also competes professionally in Mixed Martial Arts. He is most recently a two-time Minnesota champion of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and a one-time International champion of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He is passionate about training and coaching. Francisco is a personal trainer in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. With hard work and determination towards your goals, you will achieve your dreams.
Francisco lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.